The First Days
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: July 5th, 2011
Rating: 5/5 Zombies
Synopsis: Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her. That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.
Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.
During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.
A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.
It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love…anything is possible at the end of the world. – Goodreads
Review: Thanks to a well known TV show, I spent this summer falling in love with zombie fiction. It’s not about the zombies specifically but what people have to do in order to survive in extremely dire circumstances. Around that same time I saw a review for Rhiannon Frater’s zombie series and knew I had to read it. I’m so glad I did, as The First Days is exactly the kind of survival story I love to read. Add to that a truly endearing best friends relationship and these books easily became one of my favorite series. now, let’s talk book 1.
The First Days opens pretty horrifically and does a lot to set the tone of the book, but almost right away our two heroines are brought together and the awesomeness begins. Both Katie and Jenni struggle to figure out what’s going on but what’s really interesting is seeing how the people they encounter are reacting as the crisis unfolds, the zombie apocalypse isn’t exactly an easy thing to wrap your mind around.
This series is all about the characters, how they react to the situation and each other. While it starts off as two (and a dog) against the world, they meet more people as they go and some really interesting dynamics start to unfold. Every kind of relationship is covered from parent-child to romantic. There are some hints right on the back cover at a pretty messy love triangle but it doesn’t unfold how you’d expect. I found myself rooting for both Katie and Jenni equally, which is a pretty rare thing. I think I liked Katie. Bit better but Jenni is so much fun and has a really interesting personal evolution. The apocalypse is always bound to bring out some interesting character traits.
The First Days wrapped up nicely and had something of a finality to it, but there are definitely more adventures (and probably tragedies) to come for this series and I literally cannot wait to read the next book in this series, which is why I’ll be starting it riiggghhhttt…. Now! (as of when I wrote this review in August).