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Frail [Paperback]

Joan Frances Turner

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13 Sep 2012

For fans of contemporary urban fantasy with a twist, Joan Frances Turner brings us Frail, the follow-up to Dust, a poignant story about survival in zombie infested post-apocalyptic America.

Being human is a disadvantage in post-apocalyptic America . . .

Since a devastating, morphing plague swept through human and zombie populations, almost everyone who survived is an 'ex' these days. Ex-human. Ex-zombie. Both creatures crave flesh, have the strength and speed of predators - and what seems like immortality. Pierced skin and broken bones mend, but their all-consuming hunger never dies . . .

Amy is the only purely human survivor from town - a frail. Her mother is gone, but she won't believe that she's dead. Feral dogs stalk her, in reality and in her imagination. Amy thinks she's losing her mind. But when an ex-human named Lisa saves her life, a fragile friendship forms, a bond that will save Amy over and over again when she and Lisa are abducted into a makeshift community run by exes who use humans as their slaves.

For a girl who is used to going it alone, trusting anyone isn't easy, but Amy will have to. She has secrets from her past she can't afford to face by herself, and secrets in her future that will cost her just about everything - including her humanity . . .

Joan Frances Turner's Frail is a brilliantly evocative tale of the fight for survival in a dangerous post-apocalyptic, zombie-ridden world.

Praise for Dust

'A thoughtful, poignant and frightening book about the undead' Laurell K. Hamilton

'A nail- bitingly good zombie romp . . . a cut above the rest' Amber Benson, star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

'A new and unique take on zombies' Ilona Andrews

Joan Frances Turner was born in Rhode Island and grew up in the Calumet region of northwest Indiana. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, she lives near the Indiana Dunes with her family and a garden full of spring onions and tiger lilies, weather permitting. She is author of Dust, which is also published by Penguin. Find Joan Frances at

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A new and unique take on zombies (Ilona Andrews )

A thoughtful, poignant, and frightening book about the undead (Laurell K. Hamilton )

A nail-bitingly good Zombie romp . . . a cut above the rest (Amber Benson, Star Of Buffy The Vampire Slayer )

About the Author

Joan Frances Turner was born in Rhode Island and grew up in the Calumet region of northwest Indiana. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, she lives near the Indiana Dunes with her family and a garden full of spring onions and tiger lilies, weather permitting. She is author of Dust, which is also published by Penguin. Find Joan Frances at

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously Great Book! 27 Aug 2012
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As a college screenwriting instructor, I've never been a huge fan of Zombie stories, mostly because I find them silly and unrealistic. However, I was recommended "Frail" by a friend and was completely blown away. Ms. Turner's premise of zombies and how they come about seems very plausible. The zombie genre has definitely taken a huge leap forward. If Hollywood isn't all over these stories, I want to write the screenplay and get it produced!

Another reviewer wrote "Joan Turner does for Zombies what Anne Rice did for Vampires." I couldn't have said it better myself! These are not your usual "zombie" stories.

In Ms. Turner's first book, "Dust", the story is told by a young woman who becomes a zombie. The book is both heart-breaking and totally riveting. In "Frail" (The author's next book on zombies), the protagonist is a human who must live through a frightening new world where human life is short and dangerous. The discoveries the protagonists make in both books begs the question of what it is that makes us "Human." (There are good zombies and bad zombies.) The characters in both books are extremely well-developed. They have flaws as well as strengths, which makes them interesting and realistic.

I truly enjoyed both books and am hoping there's a sequel to "Frail."

If you haven't read either book, you are in for a treat.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second in the trilogy, companion to Dust 1 Nov 2011
By misplaced cajun - Published on
Amy is one of the last living humans from Lepingville (same town Jessie is from in Dust) and she's decided it's time to move on. Traveling through the wasteland of neighboring towns on her way anywhere, she meets Lisa, an ex -- Lisa was human before the outbreak that turned everyone, human and zombie, into something other. Everyone but a handful of frails, those like Amy who were unaffected by the infection. Then Lisa and Amy are taken to a small town where exes are masters and frails have become all but slaves. The order of the world has been permanently swayed and Amy will have to cope if she is to survive. At least with an ex on her side, things are looking up a bit. But Amy is trailed by her own guilt and a creature that could be her imagination or something worse.

Frail takes place after DUST in the trilogy, but features a human protagonist.

It's hard to tell at this point just where the trilogy is headed. Like Jessie in DUST, Amy is kind of losing her mind and the narrative reflects this. There are some return characters from Dust as well. Lisa, of course, but some of Jessie's old gang, too. And it's unclear just why Lisa is keeping secrets from Jessie's old pals.

As zombie reads (and reads in general) go, this series is original and well thought out. There are some really great aspects in terms of the zombie lore and the experiments that caused the outbreak in the first place. The conflict between zombies and humans and then ex humans and ex zombies is interesting, obviously paralleling common us vs them themes. It'll be interesting to see who will return in book three and where the story will end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Irish Banana Review 31 Oct 2011
By Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review - Published on
I really just didn't think anything could shock me more than Dust (Book 1 in the trilogy), but I was clearly wrong. While Dust was told from a zombie's point of view, Frail ups the ante on the horror by showing how humans have fared in Joan Frances Turner's post zombie-apocalyptic world.

The story follows Amy, a frail (or regular human) as she tries to survive after an illness created a new breed of super humans/zombies that seem almost immortal. She bonds with Lisa, an ex who is struggling to hold onto her humanity. Their friendship is anything but simple and easy, and it was fascinating to see them working together.

My biggest issue with this book was that I just didn't connect with Amy, the narrator, the way I did with Jessie (narrator of Dust). Kind of odd since Jessie was a zombie, but I digress. I think the reason I connected more in book 1 is because the idea of a novel told entirely from the POV of a zombie was just so fresh and radical, I couldn't help but love it. The perspective of a human seemed somewhat dull in comparison.

This series is unique and fresh, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I recommend you check it out if you love horror, can stomach some unpleasant imagery (`cause there's a whole lot of that!), and are looking for a break in the storybook romances the YA genre is drowning in. This book is about fight and survival, and I cannot wait to see what Turner brings in book 3!
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Dust.. 3 April 2014
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A brave sequel ....I think people just wanted her to write Dust again...instead she tells her sisters story..immune to the virus and human in a world were the majority of humanity is dead or worse..A great sequel
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, difficult to read 15 May 2012
By Jma342 - Published on
I picked this book up randomly becuase I read the inside cover and thought it had an original idea. The idea of evolving zombies has been used by other authors but the idea of the exes sounded cool. The idea is sound, but the writing made this book very difficult to read. Like several other reviewers, I had to reread several pages over and over to finally figure out what was happening. This may have been done on purpose to give the reader a feeling for the craziness of a post-apocalyptic world, but I feel like it detracted from the book.
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