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The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I loved this zombie novella. The way it was split into three parts with each part telling our characters back history. The zombie apocalypse is well and truly here and I like that there are both fast and slow zombies. That always makes for good reading.
My favourite character in the book has to be hands down Veronica but I like Ben as well. The craziest person had to be Samson's wife. I could hardly believe the way she is. I mean stilleto heels? It made me laugh though.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
This story is novella length and split over three parts. This worked really well, making for a gripping read from start to finish as the three character's stories are told. This is a fast-paced book with plenty of suspense, some well twisted shocks and interesting characters in every part. As fun as some of the more unusual characters were, I liked Veronica the most and would want to read more just to find out what she does next! I was rooting for her as soon as she showed up.
The story is only just beginning in this book. I wasn't really sure where the plot was heading with this one but I liked where it ended up. The zombie attacks keep the tension high but the true horror comes from the things these survivors have to do to keep themselves alive and protect those they care most about.
Overall this is an excellent first part to a zombie apocalypse trilogy with well written characters and some truly shocking and horrifying moments. Recommended for fans of horror/zombies/apocalyptic fiction.
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Then in walks Moira Eckhart.
Moira is an ingenious creation, I dare say one of the greatest and most mortifying characters in modern horror. She's clearly a villain and yet...there's no moustache-twirling to her. She's just adamant in refusing to bend to the new reality of a zombie apocalypse. Her attitude is that the world will simply have to adapt to suit her lifestyle and not the reverse.
It's such a brilliant, original, cuttingly satirical take on modern American culture that I can hardly believe it's never been done before. Most zombie stories - hell, most stories, period - make their hay out of how the characters change in the wake of dire straits - with their true faces laid bare, are they really a hero, really a villain, or really just a pragmatist? Moira eschews that entire journey by refusing to ever take off her mask.
Her children are trophies. Her husband - the titular breadwinner - is a trophy. She's even aware to some extent that she's a trophy. And while the reasonable characters are off hunting and scrabbling for a can of beans to survive the night, Moira refuses to cede one centimeter of her opulent lifestyle to reality. It's such a perverse notion, such an American notion - the sting of Kopas's satire cuts deep. I think most of us imagine we'll be Gary Cooper when the end of the world comes, but his glory days have long since dwindled into twilight. We're a culture steeped in the Kardashian ethos now.
Perhaps THE BREADWINNER is a metaphor. Moira represents the cult of celebrity, husband and breadwinner Samson is the American public who indulge such navel-gazing, and in the end it's only the children who suffer. Then again, maybe it's just a gleefully dark and twisted tale of a uniquely American suburban nightmare. Either way, it's definitely worth your time and money. 5 stars.
Good storytelling !
gruesome, sickening, eventful, exciting and sad.
I love how it starts off with separate cases from all around and eventually through lots of heart ache they come together. I look forward to picking up the next book and keep reading about this group....
but for the love of god someone eat or kill Juliette. I can't stand her!
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