Thursday, October 8, 2015

*Review* Zero Day (Slow Burn 1) by Bobby Adair

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Genre: Horror/Zombies
Published: July 17, 2013
Pages: 248
Ages: 16+


A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious. 

Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom’s house for a lunch of begging, again.

But something is wrong. There’s blood in the foyer. His mother’s corpse is on the living room floor. Zed’s stepdad, Dan is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Dan’s yellow teeth tear at Zed’s arm but Zed grabs a knife and stabs Dan, thirty-seven times, or so the police later say.

With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.


I did not actually read this book, I have the audiobook version, so I listened to it while out walking, which is not necessarily a good idea for me, considering the proximity of my walking trails to an international airport (because everyone knows that cities with international airports are going to be the first to go in the event of a zombie apocalypse.) 

Coming in for a landing. Photo taken with an iPhone 5, no zoom.
I'm going to start with my review of the narration for once, because it had a bigger than expected impact on my view of the book. The narrator's reading felt overly dramatic to me from the beginning, which considerably lessened the dramatic impact when it was warranted. I also found the narrators opposite gendered voices quite annoying and even almost mocking (although I do imagine that it's difficult for the average man to pull off a quality female voice that doesn't sound somewhat mocking. I imagine I will have this complaint about most audiobooks I listen to.) 

Now onto the story. At times I found it difficult to pay attention because I was busy groaning inwardly at the overdramatic flair of the narration, so I'm pretty sure I probably missed some things. In spite of that, this was a pretty exciting start to a zombie apocalypse. While science isn't exactly my strong suit, the scientific explanations seem pretty reasonable and solid. The story was fairly action packed, as a good zombie apocalypse story should be. Also, there were some characters that really pissed me off, but they were supposed to. 

Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it's an entertaining story, but the narration leaves a little to be desired in my opinion. - Katie 

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I'm just going to put this out there: I grew up with an irrational fear of Flying Monkeys. How is a little kid supposed to know that they only exist in Oz?

I'm not a native of any state. I've lived in so many that I see myself as a native American, which works out for me since I am also fractionally a Native American to an improbable, yet significant degree. I lived more than half of my life in Texas and I have a great affinity for Austin. it is a wonderfully diverse city full of interesting people. I now live in Colorado where I enjoy spending my time in the mountains, cycling, hiking, or walking my dogs. Oh, and writing... I do that too.

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