“It’s month after the dead first began to walk. The miracle vaccine that was supposed to save us all has failed.
Now, four teens fight to stay alive as a stronger, smarter breed of zombie begins to appear, threatening to end humanity for good.
Four short stories, 11,000 words total.
Prequel to Mortality (March, 2013)” (description from Goodreads)
It’s not hard to find a zombie book these days. They’re everywhere, and it’s not an easy task to find the right one. I feel that End Dayz was a great choice for me to grab, though. It turned out to be one of the more enjoyable reads in recent weeks.
What makes End Dayz stand out to me is was that it showed the reader the lives of four different youths as they were living through troubling times in the world. In addition to that, the events of this collection take place during a second wave of a zombie virus, not during an initial outbreak. This caught my attention because the characters already went through the crazy initial outbreak, and had the chance to return to a (very new and different) normal way of living. That brings into play a new element to the human condition that I haven’t witnessed in zombie fiction so far.
I think the use of 4 different stories/characters to show what’s going on in the world of the Hitchhiker Strain series instead of in just one area with one group. Authors can bring a wider world view into books through showing the news reports or something along those lines, but I like when there is a variety of storylines to follow, as long as they don’t get jumbled and confusing, which these don’t’.
I think, overall, this was a great collection for fans of the zombie genre or someone looking for a quick entertaining page-turner. It’s made me want to go out and buy Mortality, the first novel that this is a prequel to. I don’t want to be away from the Hitchhiker Strain world for too long.
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About the Author:
I have been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been my true love. In early 2011 I began writing a book blog in order to share my favorite reads with book lovers. From there, the bookish community encouraged me to stop sitting on my own stories and share them instead. Since then I’ve been madly devouring everything I can about digital publishing.
For the past two years I have been mainly obsessed with young adult books, but my favorite stories still come from the adult fantasy genre. As far as I’m concerned, Briggs, Bishop, Vincent and Vaughn are all must reads.
I spent part of my twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but am now back home in Ontario, Canada. My family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and a Green Cheek Conure.
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