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Those Who Remain: A Zombie Novel (Those Who Remain Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Priscila Santa Rosa
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Hide your children, lock your doors, and load your guns because zombies are real and they are coming. Danny Terrence knows this better than anyone. He spent months preparing for the inevitable moment the disease would reach his small town. What he didn’t prepare for is the fact that nobody really believes him.

Luckily for him, an old classmate and bully just happens to be the first one bitten. The bad news is that the family with the biggest arsenal of guns just packed up and left town, leaving them defenseless from an oncoming zombie horde. Being a leader isn’t turning out the way Danny imagined.

Yet four other survivors easily have it worse than him. Between a thirteen-year-old girl on a road trip from hell, a family of paranoid hunters having to deal with their feelings for the first time ever, a stubborn doctor butting-heads with a cold-hearted sergeant and an amoral British professor carrying the fate of humanity in his hands, Danny has it easy. Unless, of course, they all end up in his town, messing with his already messed up life.

Follow these five people as their paths cross and their lives and hopes are challenged in this thrilling novel with brain-mushing humor and heart-breaking action. Those Who Remain: Book One is part of a trilogy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1132 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MKE5WI4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Priscila Santa Rosa writes about fantastical worlds, horrifying creatures and weirdly lovable characters in tough situations. Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, she's the daughter of award-winning children books author Nereide Santa Rosa, and geek at heart.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies! 30 Oct 2014
By Janey
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well, that was fun. I originally downloaded this because it was free (sorry to the author!) and I wanted a holiday book. And I have really enjoyed it. It has all the ingredients you need - icky zombies (though they are not quite dead - I think - in this version), brave survivors picking their way through the terror and gore, and scary human marauders who are not helping to improve things. At all. It's told from multiple points of view, with the strands slowly weaving together and it works well, not least because each speaker has a genuinely different voice and is so strongly characterized. It runs along at a cracking pace.There are some intriguing threads waiting to be unravelled (such as just what the mysterious professor is carrying in his briefcase). Definitely impressed, and now wanting to read part 2!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Bloody' Great! 30 Sep 2014
By Hellvis
Format:Kindle Edition
The Girl, the Doctor, the Geek, the Hunter's Daughter and the Last One Out - these are the main characters of Those Who Remain after the infection begins.

Opening with The Girl in the Wardrobe, we get a feel for what we, as readers, can expect from the book moving forward - and it feels good! There's terror, looting, gore and shattering bones with golf clubs - bloody brilliant! (Pun absolutely intended), and that's just in the first few pages.

The Hunter's Daughter is Lily Hunter, daughter of an Army Vet with PTSD that manifests in him preparing for, well, the end of the world. A nuclear winter, an alien invasion, you name it, he's prepped for it. Consequently, he's trained Lily in the art of being as tough as nails - this girl hunts, shoots, and knows how to survive.

The Last One Out is a bit of an enigma. Firmly attached to his briefcase (contents unknown), he's a sly fox, and has no qualms about pitching others under the zombie bus in order to save himself and his cargo. Oh and he's British, so tradition dictates that he's going to be a baddie.

We encounter The Doctor barricaded inside a hospital room, with members of the military, frantically trying to save an infected soldier, while thinking about all the horrors they've seen since the beginning of the outbreak.

Finally, we have Danny. The Geek. The man with the zombie plan. The one person with his finger on the apocalyptic pulse. He knows how to keep his small town safe, but will the residents ever agree to take advice from a man who spends all his time playing video games?

Those Who Remain follows each character, and how they are dealing, in their own way, with the living dead.

One thing I love about this book is the character development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 28 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A different take on the zombie genre. I was rooting for some of the characters and waiting for others to get theirs.
Very much looking forward to the follow-up, now, to see who survived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Nov 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and the follow-up book, will read more by this author.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all conspiracy theorists are wrong. 3 Oct 2014
By SK Nash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I’ve read many “zompoc” novels this year, and most of them have the same basic plot. Zombies happen, people survive, they band together with others, kill a lot of zombies, find a safe spot, get overrun and get out, kill more zombies, move on.

Those Who Remain is different. We follow five main characters through the outbreak and immediate aftermath. Two of the characters, Danny and Lily, are prepared for it, but Laurie, Alistair, and Dr. Paz are not. The story follows each of the survivors, in their own voice, chapter by chapter, as they try to stay alive. On one hand, I liked this approach because in some cases, the characters’ paths cross and we can experience the same situation through different eyes. On the other, telling a story in first-person has a drawback. With the exception of Danny and Laurie, none of the other characters are named in their first chapters. When another character referenced "Lily" I had no idea it was "The Hunter's Daughter." I also didn’t know “Doc” was a woman until another character said, “Let her do it.” That was a surprise to me.

I was happy to see that the women in this novel weren’t damsels in distress. Lily, Laurie and Dr. Paz stand on their own. They are human, they make mistakes, have their own goals, focus, strengths and weaknesses. I didn’t realize Dr. Paz was a woman until several chapters in, and that tells me a lot about the character. It didn’t change my opinion of her in the slightest. Dr. Paz is concerned with saving lives, and running up against the stone wall of the military didn’t seem to slow her down.

Although the synopsis makes it seem that the main character is Danny, that’s not the case at all. All five story lines are given equal weight in the novel, and there is no single plot to follow. Instead, we have multiple threads, some overlapping, and you’ll spend your time hoping that they all come together. The synopsis also promised humor, but I didn't find anything that made me laugh.

The biggest problem I had with Those Who Remain is that the novel didn’t come to a satisfying conclusion. It ended about a quarter mile away from the cliffhanger I was expecting. There is a clear threat on the horizon, something bad is certain to happen and people are in danger. But instead of ending on that note, I read through two more chapters that had some character development, but didn’t fully support the looming sense of dread. In my opinion, fixing that is just a matter of rearranging chapters.

I recommend this book to fans of the zombie apocalypse. There are many good things to like: The characters are the main focus, not all conspiracy theorists are wrong, plans don’t always work out the way you like, there’s going to be a body count, and zombies are going to get you.

Are you prepared?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Originally published at www.bookie-monster.com
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story line that pulls you right in! 24 Aug 2014
By Kimberly Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this zombie apocalypse read! Santa Rosa covers everything that makes this a wonderful tale. You have people you love to hate (besides the zombies..lol) and those you just love and want so badly to survive! Wonderful story line that pulls you right in. She is really good at getting you hooked right from the get go and keeping you reading through to the end! I enjoyed her different Point Of View direction with this book. I was not sure I would at first, because usually that much hopping gets you lost and confused and most authors just can't do that type of writing very well. She has this nailed though. Each person's life is vital to the story and you want to read each one just to find out what happens to the next person..lol!! Wonderful Zombie Apocalypse book and a must read if you love this genre. And PLEASE Ms Santa Rosa,
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Character Novel 24 Oct 2014
By Justine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm starting to think that the day in which I stop loving zombie novels will never actually come. Especially if zombie novels continue to be as wonderful of a read as Those Who Remain. There are so many things I loved about this novel, and highly recommend it, especially for those looking for a creepy read.

When multiple POVs work in a novel, it creates something really incredible. We are able to gain so much insight into the story, from different perspectives. Some novels can't even make two perspectives work, yet Priscila Santa Rosa was able to master five. The characters are all unique enough, with voices true to their personality, that it makes for brilliant transitions. I was never confused as to who was talking or what scene I was reading. All of the characters in the novel have equal weight in the story. It's not often that books have an all-star cast. Through these character's narratives, we are able to get different realistic reactions to something as insane as a zombie outbreak. Some of them are prepared to handle it, while some have to make a very quick transition.

The character work really is spectacular. Not only is there a strong female lead. There's three of them. Plus, they are strong in a way that's realistic and true to their characters. I absolutely loved how realistic the actions and dialogue were. It makes these personalities seem like real people, instead of words on a page. I really enjoyed how intertwined all of the stories were, in some cases, even from the very beginning. To me, that's some of the most realistic writing, as it's very true to life. There are so many different paths we cross, not even realizing how important it will become. The characters really make the novel.

However, that doesn't stop it from having all the action and gore necessary for a zombie novel to really be enjoyable. There's plenty of it. And it's wonderful. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the ending, but it is enough of a cliffhanger to get me excited for the second book. Fans of zombie apocalypses should not be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Zombie Apocalypse story. 21 Oct 2014
By Andrea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a fantastic read. You get to read from several different points of view during the outbreak and the weeks following. It is a fresh new version of an epidemic that has been retold over and over in the same way. The characters draw you in whether you end up hating a few or loving others. There is great character development and you can definitely distinguish between them all.

If you love zombie stories and want a good read then this is the book for you.

If you dont love zombie stories but a good survival story then this is also the book for you.

Everyone else, you should give this a try. You might find out you are in fact a zombie lover after all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was okay 28 Oct 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It didn't suck, I've read better, but it didn't suck, some of the characters aren't very likeable, and I mean main characters not just the bad guys either, to be honest a couple of the main characters I hoped to have their faces eaten off so yes, unlikeable, but over all I've read worse.
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