The zombies are coming! This is part of Lilt Literacy‘s “After Life Lessons” Blog Tour.
Series: After Life Lessons #1
Published by Lilt Literary
Published on April 8th 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Family Life, New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Travel
Source: Book Tour Host
Hulking shadows emerge out of the chaotic flurries of the blizzard. Something is dying, and so they come, like vultures.
After months of struggling south to escape the zombie-infested remains of New York, a snowstorm traps 23-year old artist, Emily, and her son in an abandoned gas station. Starving and desperate, they encounter Aaron, an Army medic on a mission of his own, who offers them a ride to ease the journey.
The road is a long and dangerous place to travel, and every day brings a new threat. But fear and adrenaline also drive the two closer together; they find laughter and a budding attraction that starts to thaw at their numb and deadened feelings. And that’s when the pain really starts to hit, when places long thought lost prickle back to life. Eventually, they will have to fight not just for survival, but for a future together, or their broken world will swallow them whole.
*This book was provided as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.*
The story started with Emily and her young son desperately trying to survive the cold weather while hiding from flesh-eating zombies. The cold and hunger were almost too much for them, when an unexpected stranger came upon them and helped. Aaron, a former paramedic soldier, was the kind stranger who rescued them. He’s the resourceful and protective type of guy who likes being useful and helpful. Soon he took it upon himself the responsibility of Emily and her son safe.
The opening scene was a hook, it made me want to read more of what will happen to Emily and her son. The setting was cold, bleak, scary and mysterious. I love puzzling out the worlds where characters live in, so when Aaron came into the picture, I was expecting to get more information about why their world is the way it is and get some tidbits of history behind the dystopian setting. Sadly, there really wasn’t much of a world building in this one, the story concentrated more on the relationship and inner struggles of Aaron and Emily, the setting is just secondary. The romance overshadowed the world building, I would have preferred a little more world building alongside the romantic story line for a more immerssive read. When I was told that the book had a dystopian zombie setting, I was expecting it to be more like the Razorland series or the t.v. series Walking Dead. I recently found out this is just book #1 though, so there might be more back story in the coming books. It has a lot of potential, I just wish it gave more hints as to why things are the way they are.
I didn’t know before hand that this was New Adult and not YA in genre, I was caught in a bit of surprise when the sex scenes came into the story. It came a little early in the story than I expected which I think I was totally unprepared to read yet as I was still just getting to know the characters. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read some books with really steamy love scenes, so I’m not prudish in this, but the first time something sexual happened between the two didn’t seem like the right timing for it quite yet. It was when I was reading that scene when I realized my expectations of the book was misplaced and I should adjust accordingly to give it a fair shot. I read through it with a different mindset from that point on, I was able to enjoy the story a bit more when I did. I read on mostly because I liked Aaron’s character, I found him protective, sweet, caring and achingly lonely. He was tired of being on his own but unsure of what to do next, finding Emily with her kid, seemed to give him purpose and mission in life. Emily’s character on the other hand, annoyed me at times, she seemed to blow things out of proportion and picked unnecessary fights. Her actions were annoying but it was understandable, she was going through some internal struggle of reconciling her past and her present. She had to work through a lot of issues from her past, specifically issues about her now deceased fiance. She did it through the letters – she wrote letters to him as if he was still alive, just like she used to when the world was still unbroken. I liked the parts with the letters, she was naked with her thoughts and honest with herself in them. It enabled her to see things clearly, it enabled me to understand her actions. Those parts together with the strong beginning were really the good points of the book for me.
Overall, I think it’s a readable enough book. It was a short read for me, I finished it in one sitting. I think it has potential, I just really would have preferred a little more world building to make the danger that they faced everyday a little more believable – I think that was what I was really looking for. The palpable danger would have given the story a little more thrilling edge. I guess that’s the epic- fantasy lover in me, I like details and intricate worlds in my books. This is not the type of book I’d normally pick out for myself, I didn’t love it but I also didn’t hate it. It’s somewhere in the middle for me, I think the good and bad parts just about equaled for me.
Authors Info :
LAILA BLAKE & L.C. SPOERING
L.C. and Laila met in 2010 on an online forum and have been inseparable ever since. Having supported each other in their individual writing projects for years, they finally decided to work more closely together in a cross-continental cooperative writing partnership. Together, they host the podcast Lilt and started their micropublishing venture Lilt Literary in 2013.
L.C. (generally known as Lorrie) lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, kids, and too many pets. Laila is a nerdy German translator, living in Cologne with her kitten and a lot of sparkly lights.
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