Series: The Famished Trilogy #1
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published by: CreateSpace on September 20, 2012
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Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.
She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.
Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.
In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A zombie masterpiece!
After a zombie outbreak changed her life forever, Kansas City Sunshine Moore (what a cool name, right?) has spent four years in solitude and avoiding the living dead in her family home. Her survival depends on keeping a low profile but when she encounters a group being ambushed by zombies, her compassionate nature takes over and she takes them into her safe haven, only to have them turn on her and forced to leave her sanctuary. Soon after leaving her home, Kansas is forced to explore new territory and meets up with Rudy, a ruggedly handsome man who helps her during a zombie attack and takes her under his wing, introducing her to a world she’s long forgotten and giving her a new reason to keep on fighting.
I have to say the writing and creativity in this book blew me away! When we meet Kansas she’s a young woman in love, without a care in the world, out enjoying herself at a fair with her boyfriend until a zombie plague attacks the population and loses all those she loves. The story then forwards four years later with our heroine all grown up and kicking some zombie a**! Kansas is a stellar heroine, she’s got guts, brains (no pun intended!) and plenty of heart. She’s faced with a horrific situation and is forced to grow up fast and become a fighter to survive, her will to live is admirable. I’m a fan of a feisty heroine but what makes Kan (that’s what she likes to be called) extra special to me is that she’s not paranormal, just a regular Midwestern girl turned machete wielding, crossbow shooting powerhouse in a world full of the Famished.
Aside from an outstanding heroine, there are some fantastic supporting characters that you’ll love as much as Kan. Rudy, the “chivalrous barbarian” with a heart of gold (yes, I’m TEAM RUDY!), Reece the snarky tattoo artist, Mac, the sexy soldier and the ever sassy Glinda all steal the show at some point with their charismatic personalities and charm (that’s all I can say without giving too much away). A subtle romance and great humor throughout the story helps lighten the dark reality of their world, making it believable.
Taking on the Dead is emotional, gritty and hair-raising! The heroine’s voice instantly pulls you into her world and has you biting your nails at the heart stopping suspense. Ms. Walls weaves horror, fantasy, romance and humor effortlessly into a vivid post-apocalyptic world you can’t get enough of…even when you’re a little grossed out…LOL With a superb heroine that’s not afraid to get a little dirty, stand up male leads and some supernatural magic, Taking on the Dead is dark urban fantasy at its finest! My praises to Ms. Walls for a spectacular zombie debut that was truly EPIC! (as my Zombie Queen friend would say).