#Review: Time of Death: Induction | Shana Festa

August 15, 2014 Review 0

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

#Review: Time of Death: Induction | Shana FestaTime of Death by Shana Festa
Published by Permuted Press on May 27, 2014
Genres: Adult, zombies
Source: the author
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When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to escape the monsters?

In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life. 

And they’re hungry. 

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare. 

Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead. 

Time of Death is author Shana Festa's full-length novel debut.

Time of Death is the debut novel from author Shana Festa, and I’m kind of…okay, okay, I’m really jealous. Why? Because this is a book that I wish I could write. 

Emma Rossi and her husband aren’t teenagers or even young adults. Emma is 37 and on her way to becoming a nurse. She’s at ground zero of the outbreak. She, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, flee the undead and meet up with a group of survivors. And they just keep surviving. It’s absolutely brutal what these characters are put through. 

What I LOVED about Time of Death: Induction was the humor. It was snarky, and dark and right up my alley. 
The gore was absolutely breathtakingly disgusting. When I jump into a book I read it every chance I get. I literally had to put ToD:I down one night as I was eating. I could feel my supper making it’s way back up to the surface. I know you don’t know me, but I have to tell you that’s pretty impressive considering as kids my sister and I used to talk about pus at the dinner table to gross my mom out. 
The zombies are absolutely freaking scary. I thought for sure I was going to have zombie nightmares. I feared falling asleep after reading this book. I tossed and turned all night for like 3 days because of this book. :/ 
Well edited, well written, engaging, great characters, great visuals. This book has it all. Time of Death: Induction has moved into a ‘classic’ zombie novel that I will recommend to my friends and family. 

The only that I can think of that I wasn’t sold on from this book would be the opening scene. It was well written, it was show not tell, but it pushed my personal limit of believability a bit too far. Maybe because it’s not the story I’m used to so I’m not comfortable with it. And yes, I realize how ridiculous that sounds considering I subconsciously hoard canned food, and consider the possible pros and cons of defending almost every building I set foot into against an undead mob. But I pushed past it, and sort of embraced it as I read, because while this book is definitely a classic, it’s still it’s own thing. And it’s own thing is pretty freaking awesome. 
Thank you Shana for the review copy. I was super excited to purchase a copy of the book for my mom who will probably hate all the gore, but still love the characters. 😉 

Lori

 

About Shana Festa

Shana Festa was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 17, 1976 and grew up in Northboro, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and two dogs, Daphne & Casey.

Shana is a registered nurse with clinical experience in mental health, geriatrics, HIV and substance abuse. In addition to her clinical background, Shana possesses over 15 years of experience with project management and data analytics.

She has been heavily involved in the collection and dissemination of the ICD-10 clinical and coding analytics across multiple projects including the NCHICA ICD-10 Pilot, the HIMSS WEDI ICD-10 Pilot and commercial testing programs.

Under her alter ego, The Bookie Monster, Shana reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis on (but not limited to) zombie fiction. With a background in Psych Nursing, Shay brings her unique perspective to the online reading community.

Introducing her own zompoc story to the genre, Shana’s debut novel, Time of Death, is the first in a planned trilogy and is scheduled for release May, 2014.

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