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Fighting to Survive: As the World Dies, Book Two

Fighting to Survive  (As The World Dies, #2) - Rhiannon Frater Read this review at Smash Attack Reads! http://www.smashattackreads.com/2012/03/smash-reviews-fighting-to-survive/Smashtastic Entertainment Quickie:If you like horror, zombies and characters that will permeate your heart, you must read this series.Interest in the book:Rhiannon Frater sure knows how to open up a story! She has blown me away with her opening scenes in this series. It will both horrify and hook you. You will have no choice but to find out the fate of the characters you have grown to care for. After I read The First Days, I could not help but think about how it felt like I was reading a movie, if that makes any sense. I seriously pictured the scenes in my head. The tragedy, the terror, the camaraderie, the will to live. I became so invested in the character's lives that I had to continue on the journey with them. I had to know what happens.World-building:Did you read Rhiannon'sWorld-Building post? If not, you really should. Texans will most likely love this series (as long as they love zombies too). This series is set in Ashley Oaks, Texas, and it takes place after the zombie apocalypse. For the most part, the world is set up. Survivors are holed up in a fort they have built around the county building, a hotel and various small businesses. In this book, the characters are ready to clear out the hotel because the survivors are beginning to outnumber the  accommodations. The leaders of the group have been ridiculously freaked about entering the hotel, as it could packed full of zombie fun. The scenes that take place in this hotel are nothing short of horrific brilliance. Rhiannon also adds completely different threats that are just as menacing and dangerous as the zombies. You are on the edge of your seat throughout this entire book!Characters:I love that Rhiannon writes from multiple viewpoints, which adds to the "reading a movie" feeling. You get snippets of what the survivors are thinking/feeling, putting the reader in an all-knowing type of position. But, this doesn't detract from getting to know the characters, as you are able to see how characters view one another, their biggest fears, what they allow outsiders to see. Pretty much, the reader gets the dirt and the hurt firsthand.I could write for days on the characters in this series. Jenni, Katie, Travis, Juan, Nerit, Eric, Crazy Calhoun, Ken, Lenore, and many more. The best part of this series is the characterization. Seeing these people struggle to live in a harsh, dangerous new world. You go on their personal, emotional journeys right along with them, and the attachment to them becomes fierce. And I have to thanks Rhiannon for giving Jack the dog a scene. Seeing this new world from his eyes was an awesome, simplistic touch to the story. ♥Lasting Impression:What else can I say? While zombies and other threats keep these survivors on their toes, it is the humans that rule this story. The focus on the will to live and the struggle to keep their humanity in the midst of terror keeps you turning the pages.Favorite Quote:"It's not going to be good, is it? Juan pushed his cowboy hat back on his dark curls."Nerit had her poker face, but Jenni's expression said it all.""That's my girl. Destined to lose every game of strip poker we ever play." Juan smirked and wagged his eyebrows.