Series: As the World Dies #2
Published by Self-Published on February 17th 2009
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Horror
Also by this author: The First Days, Siege, The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel
Katie and Jenni have found new lives with the survivors of their makeshift fort, but danger still lurks. Nothing is easy in the new world where the dead walk and every day is a struggle to keep safe. As the elements, bandits, and the zombie horde threaten their safe haven, Jenni and Katie join the other survivors in fighting to survive as the world dies.
*Please note I read the older, self-published version. There is a newer, edited version available but my review is not based on that version.*
Fighting to Survive picks up a few weeks after The First Days left off: Katie and Jenni are helping establish a new life on the fort and working to minimize the ongoing danger of the zombies. Nothing much happens (in my opinion) in regards to the zombie as this book focused mainly on expanding on new characters, the growing of existing relationships, and establishing more problems outside of the zombie issue. The writing was still a bit stilted for me and I still love the zombie action scenes far more than the character interaction scenes.
So I totally get that everyone is living day to day not knowing how much longer one another will survive, but does that give everyone the right to become a bunch of hussies?
“We just decided today,” he explained. “Life is so short. We just don’t’ want to waste time. We’ve been sleeping together in my tent. Might as well make it official and be a family.”
Jenni and Juan were already together in the last book and their relationship steadily progresses until they are eventually living together. Jenni and Juan’s relationship is strange though and I’m not positive whether they actually like each other or not. And I swear… I was going to snap if I hear Loca one more time.
Then there’s Katie and Travis. In the last book Katie kept trying to keep Travis at bay by continuing to remind him that she is in fact lesbian and no she will not be with him. Her reasoning behind this was explained in the last book as she didn’t want to tarnish her memory of her wife Lydia even though she did have feelings for Travis. View Spoiler »But Katie has a dream where Lydia tells her it’s okay and that she should be happy. Uh-huh. « Hide Spoiler I felt that whole storyline and the ending was anticlimactic and definitely inevitable. But… View Spoiler »how they decide to have a baby in the end?! I’m sorry but that almost took it down to 2 stars for me because that really pissed me off. I understand that life’s too short and everyone should live! But does that really include bringing a baby into that screwed up world? That’s completely irresponsible and what did they go on like two dates before they decided to procreate? They deserve to be eaten by zombies. « Hide Spoiler
Reading these books back to back has caused me to become quite cynical. I do plan on finishing up the trilogy but will come back to it at a later date when I’ve managed to forget some of my irritations. I’m hoping the third one has lots of zombie action scenes and EVERYONE gets eaten! hahahaha