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Fighting to Survive (As the World Dies) [Paperback]

Rhiannon Frater
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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (8 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765331276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331274
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked! 21 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
This is not the sort of book you can read slowly. With such a fast pace you find yourself racing from page to page to see how this story is going to unfold. Rhiannon makes you CARE. You care about these people. About this place. The amazingly bizarre thing about it is that the story is set in the scariest situation a human could imagine, yet you want to be there! I find I miss the people and their epic battles when I put the book down. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Novel with Heart - Fantastic! 18 Nov 2011
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"Fighting To Survive" is absolutely brilliant! It's the second instalment of the 'As the World Dies' trilogy by horror writer, Rhiannon Frater. I loved the first book, 'The First Days' but this was even better. It was just so good I couldn't bear to put it down. I read it in two sittings and the story remained with me long after I finished the last page. The action came thick and fast and didn't let go, but was so wonderfully paced I didn't feel as though I was constantly trying to keep up.

The characterisation is just amazing, I love Katie and Jenni; they are such great protagonists and all the secondary characters are just as well rounded and all have a part to play in this zombie horror. It's these characters that make this particular horror novel touching, moving, as well as it being gruesome, suspenseful and horrifying.

There are multiple plots in "Fighting to Survive" but Frater manages to keep everything straight and not allow it all to become a jumbled mess. If fact, I really felt as though I was following Jenni and Katie's lives in almost real time and as each obstacle was presented to them I found myself trying to work out how to fix it with them. It gave the book authenticity, which I loved.

The relationships between some of the characters are deepened. There's also lots of drama, emotional turmoil, for me as well as the characters, and lots of fantastic action. The scenes where the characters enter the hotel to clear it of zombies is honestly one of the most tense scenes I've read. My stomach was in knots for the entire time I was reading it. I was so worried about the characters and Frater does a superb job at keeping the suspense nice and tight and not let it drift, which made the whole thing nerve-racking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation to the series. 7 Sep 2013
By Kat
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a big fan of Rhiannon Frater's work, and a lover of the first book in the series, The First Days, I have no legitimate reason why it's taken me so long to read the second book. Maybe I was a little scared that the second wouldn't live up to the memories of just how much I enjoyed the first book.

Picking up where The First Days left off, Fighting to Survive is more focused on building a survivor community, consolidating relationships and exploring the darker side of humanity rather than fighting off the undead hordes, although that doesn't mean that there is a lack of zombie action. As the survivors take the hotel, and then deal with some very unsavoury characters from the surrounding town the action is pretty much non-stop, but with enough time to get to know the characters better.

Jenni is a bit of a loose cannon, and her behaviour swings from an emotional mess to a kick-arse zombie killer, but it's probably how quite a few people would react in such a stressful situation. Katie continues to keep her head but also struggles with accepting what has happened and moving on, all of which is amplified by the zombie threat, and the friendship between the two women continues to grow. This may be the feature that makes the As the World Dies series unique, but it's the other things that make it so good.

I wasn't sure about her in the first book, but in Fighting to Survive, I really came to like and respect Nerit. She's the kind of lady I'd want in my survivor community, and not just because she's a wicked shot, but because she can put her emotions aside and focus on the job at hand.

As always in Rhiannon Frater's books, the characters are what really make this series stand out from the crowd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been excellent. 12 April 2013
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I feel a little guilty giving this book only three stars, as really it is better than that, but the issues I had with it required me to lower the rating to only three.

The positive aspects of this novel are that the author creates very good characters, and for me this is essential to good fiction writing, as you want characters you are invested in and care what happens to them. In this book - and the first book of the series for that matter - the writer manages to do this very well. The characters feel real, with romances that are a little flowery at times, but believable as well. Thankfully Katie whines a lot less in this book as well, or I may have wanted to push her into the zombies myself if I'd had to hear to much more of her internal conflict about Travis and Lydia.

The plot lines for both character and story in general are good, with the exception of my negatives further down this review. The action comes along often enough to avoid the book stagnating in to long lulls of character interplay, and when it does it is generally well written with a good pace to it. I do wish sometimes she would write a little more about the weapons the people are carrying, as she tends to only use the terms "rifle" or "pistol" for everyone, and for me that always leaves a cloudy picture of what they might be actually using as a weapon.

Now I need to deal with the issues that made me rate the book lower than I would have. The two main plot lines in the book revolve around the hotel and bandits, though of course with the ever present zombie threat. These could have been very good, but I had issues with believing how she wrote the hotel and bandit plot lines. Without giving away too much of the plot I'll try and explain why I had issues with them.
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