05 September 2013

Review: Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater

Fighting to Survive (As the World Dies #2) by Rhiannon Frater

Published: 2009 (original)

Pages: 368 (paperback)

Genre/s: Zombie, Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Own library

My review of the first book in the series, The First Days.

Synopsis

Katie and Jenni have found new lives with the survivors of their makeshift fort, but danger still lurks. Nothing is easy in the new world where the dead walk and every day is a struggle to keep safe.

As the elements, bandits, and the zombie horde threaten their safe haven, Jenni and Katie join the other survivors in fighting to survive as the world dies.

My Thoughts

As a big fan of Rhiannon Frater's work, and a lover of the first book in the series, The First Days, I have no legitimate reason why it's taken me so long to read the second book.  Maybe I was a little scared that the second wouldn't live up to the memories of just how much I enjoyed the first book.

Picking up where The First Days left off, Fighting to Survive is more focused on building a survivor community, consolidating relationships and exploring the darker side of humanity rather than fighting off the undead hordes, although that doesn't mean that there is a lack of zombie action.  As the survivors take the hotel, and then deal with some very unsavoury characters from the surrounding town the action is pretty much non-stop, but with enough time to get to know the characters better.

Jenni is a bit of a loose cannon, and her behaviour swings from an emotional mess to a kick-arse zombie killer, but it's probably how quite a few people would react in such a stressful situation.  Katie continues to keep her head but also struggles with accepting what has happened and moving on, all of which is amplified by the zombie threat, and the friendship between the two women continues to grow.  This may be the feature that makes the As the World Dies series unique, but it's the other things that make it so good.

I wasn't sure about her in the first book, but in Fighting to Survive, I really came to like and respect Nerit.  She's the kind of lady I'd want in my survivor community, and not just because she's a wicked shot, but because she can put her emotions aside and focus on the job at hand.

As always in Rhiannon Frater's books, the characters are what really make this series stand out from the crowd.  The zombies are scary, the fight scenes intense and the situations that the characters find themselves in are both creative and unique, but it's the characters that really had me loving this book, because they are so three dimensional.  They are also flawed, which makes them more human - there's nothing worse than characters in zombie novels that don't know how to shoot a gun and the next day are expert snipers.

I didn't feel any kind of 'second-book syndrome' when reading Fighting to Survive.  Instead, I loved that the characters grew and that the survivors really worked at making a home for themselves, despite the horror around them.  Another one for my zombie recommendations list!


6 comments:

  1. Are these graphically gory? I am so tempted...but just had to DNF another book because it was a bit too much for me...(I'm a baby :/)

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  2. I want to reread this series now! It's so rocksauce.

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    1. So awesome! And I still have the last one to go!

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  3. I love Rhiannon Frater's Pretty When She... series, so I really should start the zombie books!

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    1. She is one of my favourite authors - she writes such excellent dark horror!

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