Time of Death Book 2: Asylum (A Zombie Novel) : Time of Death

  • by Shana Festa
  • Narrated by Sarah Tancer
  • Series: Time of Death
  • 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Surviving the journey is just the beginning.
The last two months have brought nothing but death and destruction for Emma Rossi. She survived the initial zombie outbreak with her husband, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, but the cost was steep: Sanibel has fallen.
In a world where the only constant is change, the group is pushed to their limits before reaching the gates of Asylum, a coastal stronghold in Sarasota, Florida.
Once again, Emma must navigate an apocalyptic wasteland filled with relentless hordes of the undead and other menacing horrors that threaten her survival.
Only thing is certain. No one is safe from what lurks on either side of Asylum's gates. Sanity will be tested; and many won't live to tell the tale.

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Time of Death Asylum

When I read Festa's first zombie novel, ToD Induction, I read it in one sitting. Her writing style was gripping, and whilst not unique in plot, her storytelling was ruthless, the action non-stop, and I found myself fully invested in the survival story - and tragedies - of the Rossi's.

The narration of Sarah Tancer plays a definite part in how enjoyable this title is. Her delivery and timing is en pointe, and if you aren't a fan of audiobooks, I would recommend this as a definite starting point to try. You won't find many ZA books with better narration.

Asylum itself didn't get devoured in the same way as Induction - life got in the way, somewhat. So this time, I found myself mulling over characters and motives. The Rossi's have somehow escaped Sanibel with their lives, and through trial and error, find out about a safe-haven called Asylum. They decide to make their way there, and spend around 2/3 of the book doing so. There is no mundane filler in this title - the Rossi's do not collide around the US like hapless hobbits. They carve their way through the zombie apocalypse, and Asylum's action was as hugely enjoyable as the first.

I enjoyed more, however, the character development in this book. The events that the main characters endure are really starting to tell on their personalities, and Festa has taken time to make sure this creeps in throughout the novel's timeline. There are no blunt and unjustifiable changes in mentality that leave you scratching your head, trying to figure out what went wrong.

The twist at the end, whilst perhaps predictable in parts, was grimly satisfying, and we've been set up on a grand cliffhanger for the next novel. I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment in this series, and this is one zombie writer I implore you to try. You won't regret it.
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- writeallthereviews

overal a really good sequel

If you could sum up Time of Death Book 2: Asylum (A Zombie Novel) in three words, what would they be?

Don't trust anyone


Who was your favorite character and why?

Vinny, because throughout the books he was consistently himself; a douche bag with a heart.


What about Sarah Tancer’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed her narration of the book she gave the characters a voice that helped make them more real.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I didn't want to listen to it in one sitting. I listened to the first in one sitting and missed key points in the plot line. I took my time with this one a few chapters a night and I found that worked better in prolonging the suspense in quite a fast paced book.


Any additional comments?

Overall I really enjoyed it as a sequel. I found the characters believable who at this juncture are two ish months Into an apocalypse and haven't got their act together yet. The writing is witty and sarcastic, and keeps much of the linguistic flavour from the first book. As always with this particular writer, she still enjoys pulling the rug out from unde/ / / r your feet just as you think all might be okay. Trust know one or anything whilst listening to this. I found the loss of everyone they meet a little annoying, there where some good characters that I would have liked to see go on further into the book. However, the plot twist and deaths I often didn't see coming which was a refreshing change to others of this genre I have read. I was a little disappointed in the end. For a book that had managed to keep its twist and turns going the end seemed a little predictable and lacking in suspense. Despite this I'm still looking forward to the third instalment to see where that leads..... hopefully somebody will still be left alive.

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- jamie farrow

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-01-2015
  • Publisher: Shana Festa