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Ursula K Raphael (AstraDaemon)
on Dec. 20, 2011 :
In Dead: Ugly Beginning, the first book in this series, the POV switched between various individuals and groups, but the shifts were easy to follow, despite the large cast. The book had ended with a huge cliffhanger.
In the second book, Dead: Revelations, there were fewer main characters to keep track of, due to the zombie hordes, and a nut-job militia group led by a man named Shaw. The survivors also discovered more about the nature of the zombie virus, such as immunity to bites.
In Dead: Fortunes & Failures, Garrett is still torturing his “toy,” the Jennifer-zombie is still wandering around, and the other groups are facing some major changes. Steve’s group has to figure out who is murdering members of their group, and they suspect it’s one of their own. Juan’s group is attempting to fortify their island, but clash with another group that seeks refuge there. The “Geek” group joins forces with Peter’s group of escapees from The Basket, and Shaw decides to hunt them down himself. There are several pregnancies that complicate the living situation in some of the groups, and everyone is questioning how the apocalypse has changed them. Many are worried they are headed down an unredeemable path.
This is definitely the best of the three Dead books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 15, 2011 :
This is the third book in TW Brown’s Dead series and yes, I have read and reviewed each one! I am ADDICTED to these books! You know when you love a particular author’s series and once you get the newest installment, it feels like you are being reunited with old friends? Well, that is exactly how I feel when reading these books. I absolutely could not wait to get back to the characters and see what was going to happen next. From the moment I opened it up on my kindle and read the first paragraph, I was transported back to the aftermath of a post-apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over and any decision that is made could mean life or death.
I am so impressed with the way Brown keeps coming up with brilliant ideas and how he adds to the story lines without forcing it. The characters and their actions seem so natural. In the third installment, Brown is setting up the characters for the brutal winter to come. He answers some questions from the last book, introduces a few new people and, as always, never fails to keep the surprises coming. Also, a few of the repugnant characters finally get their comeuppance! YAY!
One thing that I have never done while reading a Dead book is cry. I’m not a girly-girl type and it takes a lot to get me emotional or sad while reading a book. I will admit that I did choke up in one part of this book and let a few tears fall. That is the beauty of Brown’s writing – you never know what is going to happen. The characters can go from fighting zombies to a touching moment in the blink of an eye.
I just want to say that if you haven’t read these books yet, you MUST buy them! I have heard some people say that they don’t like horror, or gory-type stories, but the Dead series is so much more than that. They are about regular, everyday people trying to survive in a situation that they have absolutely no control over. They remind us that no matter what happens in our lives, no matter what type of tragedy strikes, we HAVE to pick ourselves up and keep trying. They are about hope, love, and change. I would like to end this review with a personal plea to Mr. TW Brown: WRITE FASTER!!! LOL!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)