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Kellie's Diary: Decay of Innocence [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Jenner , Angeline Perkins
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Book Description

**To read the first part of this book for free, get the graphic novel version of "Kellie's Diary #1" (ASIN: B00C839IPK).**

**Due to reader demand, this is the novel version of Parts 1-3 of the best-selling horror and zombie graphic novel series "Kellie's Diary," with 3 additional short stories not originally in the graphic novels.**

A series of diary entries through the eyes of a little girl as she tries to survive the end of the world.

This book is entirely from the viewpoint of a little girl writing to her diary. You meet Kellie, a bright and inquisitive young girl living the typical suburban life with her family; she goes to school, complains about lunch, and thinks boys are gross. She also writes daily entries into her diary, whom she calls "Barbie." However, her world is turned upside down when a strange illness takes over the city. During a massive outbreak, Kellie finds herself completely alone and stranded at school. She must find her way out and figure out how to get home, braving the dangers of the "monsters" that have taken over... all the while telling "Barbie" what is going on and what she's thinking.

Follow Kellie's journey as she ventures out into the world, braving dangers of all kinds, both natural and unnatural, expected and surprising. She must learn to survive based on her own wits, and she will also learn which instincts she should trust.

A great read for fans of zombie fiction like The Walking Dead.

Reviews (from parts 1-3):

"Surrealistic and haunting, this story gets under the skin like a virulent infection... Jenner's slightly twisted yet subtle narrative as seen through Kellie's innocent eyes is compelling..." - George Wier, Mystery Author

"Be prepared... it is quite sad seeing all the death and destruction through a child's eyes, but I'm telling you it is worth it in the end." - Blood, Sweat & Books

"The simple style this story is presented in sometimes tricks you into taking it at face value; but it's the reading between the lines that gives you the full sense of horror in the world around the main character." - Amazon Reviewer "zombie"

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2011 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149290337X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Survive Entertainment (25 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great wee read 6 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great story line that throws you into the world of a nine year old but not told for kids. easy pick up and read story will definitely download future releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Decay of Innocence..." 4 Oct. 2013
By Allen - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A mind blowing series of journal entries from the eyes of an innocent little girl surviving a zombie apocalypse...

If it weren't fiction it'd be sick. The rawness of the the world Kellie now lives in has certainly decayed the innocence within her, and even within me.
I feel as though complaining about any aspect of my life would completely undermines the hell of this world. She has no experience, very little education,
almost no people skills, and yet you see her develop between the lines of each entry. I bet half of the future readers wouldn't stand a chance of survival
compared to Kellie, and yet I don't know if I should feel pride in her. She has suffered more in a few years than we do in 20.

A dark and twisted treat awaits you after book 3, as Jenner manages to capture the mind and motives of a detestable figure from Kellie's past, Dr. Crane.
The insight provided by the exploration of this character further proves that Kellie has endured much more tragedy and suffering than she is even willing to admit.

There is redemption however, found in Sarah's story however brief, as you discover her roots and find out she came to be the guardian of Kellie's sister Lydia.
You quickly realize anyone who is alive has endured emotional torture brought on by the sudden catastrophe that takes over the land, and brings about the beginning
of the end.

Awaiting the next entries in this series patiently, but also secretly raving at the mouth. One can only wonder what horrors await the characters that we
have come care for, and if the world and its people can ever recover from this nightmare.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kellie's Diary Parts 1-3 + Extras 2 Feb. 2014
By Kelly Garbato - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
(Caution: Minor spoilers ahead! Also, trigger warning for rape.)

After a brief stay with her grandfather in Oregon, nine-year-old Kellie has just been reunited with her family in Austin, Texas when all hell breaks loose. The dead begin rising, only to feast on the living - and poor Kellie finds herself all alone. Well, almost. As she traverses the West Coast in search of her parents and two younger sisters, her diary "Barbie" proves a constant and dependable companion. In between Barbie's covers, Kellie documents the horrors she witnesses.

Currently the Kellie's Diary series spans four books, with parts 1 through 3 collected in KELLIE'S DIARY: DECAY OF INNOCENCE. There are also a few "extras," including a preview of a related upcoming series, Survival Chronicles:

KELLIE'S DIARY, PART 1 - The dead begin rising right in the middle of Kellie's third-grade class. When a seemingly deranged man bursts through the classroom window and mauls the substitute teacher, Kellie flees into the bathroom. Once the chaos subsides, she makes the long and terrifying trek back to her home - only to find it empty. (January 18 through January 25, 1993)

KELLIE'S DIARY, PART 2 - A year older and an apocalypse wiser, Kellie has spent months researching and planning a journey (back) to her grandfather's farm, where she believes she might find her parents and sisters. In California, her plans are thrown into disarray when she crosses paths with the evil Dr. Crane. Aided by a horde of zombies, Kellie manages to escape her captor - only to stumble onto a camp of survivors (and into the sights of their rifles). (December 4, 1993 through January 9, 1994)

KELLIE'S DIARY, PART 3 - Reunited with her younger sister, Lydia, Kellie has all but resigned herself to the fact that the rest of her family is dead. She and Lydia live a (mostly) peaceful existence in the camp, where they're cared for by Sarah, an adoptive mother of sorts. Haunted by memories of Dr. Crane in the form of "Bag Man," the walking dead remain a constant - if sometimes underappreciated - threat. That is, until the day they finally manage to breach the camp's defenses. Along with a few other refugees from the camp, the girls go on the run, only to find themselves aboard a train-bound community. While the citizens appear self-sufficient and welcoming enough, not everything is as it seems. For starters, why did two of its scavengers try to abduct Kellie and Lydia? (June 17 through ~June 22, 1995)

SARAH'S DESPAIR - The beginning of the end as told from Sarah's perspective. Also an Austin native, we learn how Sarah discovered Lydia and hitched up with the other founders of the California camp.

DR. CRANE - This extra introduces us to Kellie's tormentor, child psychiatrist-turned-sadist Dr. Crane. In what feels like one coincidence too many, we first meet Crane at the California camp, where he's just imprisoned, tortured, and killed two of the resident children. As the search party closes in on his trailer, Crane flees; ultimately he hitches a ride with an unsuspecting couple, landing at the mall in Junction where he'll later meet Kellie. Those unfortunate enough to encounter Crane become part of his sick experiments (the "rebuilding process"), which involve torturing survivors of the zombie plague in order to "cleave the weak." Thankfully, this short story doesn't elaborate on how Crane "tested" Kellie (though rape is heavily suggested in Parts 2 and 3).

THE DOWNFALL: SURVIVAL CHRONICLES #1 - This is a short look at a new series of "survival horror" that's only tangentially related to KELLIE'S DIARY (in that they take place in the same universe). 18-year-old Brandon Williams is a down-on-his-luck orphan working a crappy construction job in order to support his 13-year-old sister Danielle. He's on the job in Dallas when the apocalypse comes a-knockin'. On his way home to his sister, Brandon is bit and infected; he begins to turn right there on his front steps. And then...blackness. Brandon dies, but wakes up in a lab reborn. Neither human nor zombie, but something new. Do you remember the day you died?

Although the first installment of KELLIE'S DIARY starts out rather slow, the action does pick up as the story progresses. The plot also becomes a bit darker - though not quite as bleak as I'd expected, based on some of the other reviews. (Rape is a common theme in dystopian fiction, and thankfully Kellie's assault at the hands of Dr. Crane is alluded to rather than described in detail.)

While the authors approach the zombie genre using a unique perspective (through the eyes of a young girl) and format (a diary), there's not a whole lot here to distinguish the plot from other zombie stories. (In particular, the debate about whether or not the camp's children should be armed reminded me of similar arguments on THE WALKING DEAD, with Sarah standing in as KELLIE'S DIARY Carol; and the setting is evocative of Rhiannon Frater's THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES.)

It's a readable enough story, and I plan on downloading Part 4 if only to find out how things go sideways with the train people (as they inevitably will), but I probably won't keep up after that. My book pile's already too big as it is.

Something else to note: while the individual installments are presented in a handwriting font, complete with faux college-ruled, water-stained notebook pages, the collection looks more like a regular book, complete with a less flowery font. What the collection lacks in charm and authenticity it more than makes up for in readability: this format is much easier on the eyes.

Vaguely reminiscent of WARM BODIES, THE DOWNFALL: SURVIVAL CHRONICLES #1 looks promising as well (though I could do without all the gendered slurs - that is, unless we're supposed to dislike Brandon, in which case have at it!); I guess we'll have to see where it goes from here.

3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 on Amazon. While an improvement over Part 1, I still feel like the series could use a little extra something to set it apart from the thousands of other zombie stories out there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST zombie stories I've ever read! 6 May 2014
By Tony Jenner - Published on
This is a series for mature audiences. I really enjoyed the new zombie apocalypse point of view portrayed in Kellie's Diary. Reading the apocalypse through the eyes of a child is definitely a psychological thriller and why I love this series so much. Kellie has been given amazing character development. She is forced to evolve in a way that no other child has, through environmental circumstance unlike any other in order to survive. It's really an eye opener to see what the other characters experiences were like through the eyes of Kellie. The different perspectives keeps the story fresh and exciting. I love this series. I am always excited for each new release because there is always something new and completely unexpected in each book. I'm really curious as to what Kellie will be faced with next. I'm surprised she's made it this far. Keep up the fricken awesome work!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh perspective on a played out genre. 29 Jun. 2014
By N.R.T. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While many stories in the zombie/apocalypse genre across various mediums have more than drained this genre of it's originality, Kellie's Diary seemed a breath of fresh air. So many have tried to showcase the loss of innocence in these horrific events, yet none had yet to take this perspective to it's core. A story told through the eyes of a child, as they tell their story to an oft forgotten security blanket, the imaginary friend. Written with the simplistic vocabulary of a child, this tale feels as if you're truly reading a journal written by a nine year old. However, let it be known that this in no way hinders the book, or makes it a drain on your intellect. The read is engaging from start to finish. As a bonus, at the end of the book, the authors give you a couple of short stories involving some of the characters told from outside the diary format. These are also enjoyable. Over all, this is the beginning of an entertaining series that I look forward to enjoying, and I believe you will, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one diary you HAVE to read... 21 April 2014
By Gladys - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the spin on the growing popular idea of a zombie apocalypse. Seeing the beginning of the end through the eyes of young Kellie is a wildly captivating, and dark, adventure. Kellie's character has been developed in a genius way. It's made very clear how quickly she grows up in order to survive, and how she is constantly being strengthened though every circumstance.

She hangs on to, and still displays, some levels of innocence and youthfulness through the first three books. She shows she's a survivor and a fighter. Her drive to reunite with any of her family is inspiring and brave. I couldn't imagine trying to navigate from Texas to Oregon as a 10-year-old with only a vague understanding of how to read a map. She is a warrior in her own right.

The stories of Dr. Crane and Sarah are great additions to understanding the supporting characters bringing a
fullness to the cast and story. I think the more we understand about each character, the more we can understand why
they do the things they do and why they are the way they are. It's also really interesting to see what other people's experiences were like at the same time as Kellie's. The different perspectives creates a lot of dimension to the story as a whole and brings understanding to each character and their part in the grand scheme of things.

Dr. Crane's story was particularly interesting to me, because he is not a major character, however, he has a major impact on the development of Kellie's character, perspective, and story. His story gives the reader a glimpse of what kind of person he was and directs them towards presuming, a bit more clearly than before, what kind of interaction there may have been between Kellie and him.

As a whole, I love this series. I am always excited and anticipating each new release with much enthusiasm. I'm really interested in finding out how the whole story pans out and where the authors are going to take Kellie on her next journey.
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