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A virus has hit major cities like New York; a small percentage proves to be immune, but most people are dying in the streets and the cities are quarantined. Travel is restricted with military check points on the road, but most of the country continues to semi function. But despite the quarantine the virus is spreading. Vivian is a stripper trying to make it to her daughter and has to rough it with brothers Angus, Axel and others she meets on her way. Her daughter, Emily, is the only kid I ever liked in a zombie story and I was a bit surprised about what happened.
Unlike other stories, the apocalypse doesn't just happen in one day, this felt a bit more realistic. I liked this beginning of the apocalypse tale. Some things weren't realistic though, like how they didn't know the dead were turning into zombies becuase they burned the bodies. Millions of people suddenly die and not one body is missed and not burned? Not going to happen. We've seen those pictures of FEMA camps with all those black coffins where bodies will be stored.
More importantly though is the bizarre relationships between Vivian and the two brothers. I think the friction between them was way over played. I mean Angus slapped her and yet she still crawls into the tent to sleep next to him. Yeah, she is in a desperate situation, but I don't think I'd ever accept being slapped. And the difficult "romance" between her and Axel? Weird. A man isn't going to treat a woman he likes like that, and she accepts it? I have to just throw my hands in the air and exclaim that I don't understand women.
Narration was just amazing. There were plenty of characters and Hillary handled them all perfectly.
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I happen to be looking at a Facebook thread where someone was asking for suggestions on zombie books in audio format. The author of Broken World, Kate L. Mary posted a link to her work and I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. Broken World is unlike any Z-book I've read to date. Take a minute and let that statement simmer. Considering I've read more Z-books than the average Joe, that's a pretty staunch claim. I know what you're thinking... "But Shaaaaa-aaaay, zombies are zombies. There's only so many ways you can spin the same tale."
You, sir/madam, would be WRONG! I know, I know...even I've made the same claim, but I'm happy to admit my claim was inaccurate. Kinda.
Broken World is what I like to call a slow burn. The audiobook is almost nine hours long, and there aren't any zombies until somewhere around the fifth hour. Normally I'd be very annoyed about buying a zombie book without zombies for so long, but I was intrigued by the journey the author laid out for readers. The story starts with one character, Vivian, and continues to tell her narrative as she attempts--and struggles--to drive cross country. It's a strange world, one where citizens are required to have 'papers' that show they are free and clear of an infection and safe to travel.
Like a magnet, Vivian attracts a ragtag bunch to travel with. Some well intentioned characters, some sketchy ones, and one hideously written jerk. Okay, so the writing wasn't hideous, but the character was written as a blemish on society. I hated Angus with a passion, even when he showed (very) brief glimpses of humanity. What I got from him was much like that old nature vs. nurture argument. And I suspect he is most definitely a product of his environment. Much like Stevie Kopas' Moira and Michele characters in The Breadwinner Trilogy, Mary and Kopas share a talent for writing characters so despicable they evoke a strong reaction from readers.
My hope is that when I continue on to book two, which I will definitely be doing, the back-story laid in book one will be established and it will jump straight into the action. I wanted to give this five stars, but because of the time it took to pick up, I couldn't. Mary's characters are definitely three-dimensional. They have distinct personalities that shine through and are well-rounded. All said and done, I really enjoyed the book and am thankful the author suggested it. Lastly, the cover was really well done in my opinion. It's such an important piece of the puzzle that many authors skimp on, and I'm glad she didn't.
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