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Broken World by [Mary, Kate L.]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in Broken World (7 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3718 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LHYIPY6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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I did enjoy this - more in some parts than others but I've just had to buy the next one in the series, so it must have been fairly good!

It's the usual end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it stuff, but I liked how it started off with the last remants of order still remaining. Broken World is told in the first person by the main character, trailer-trash-with-a-brain Vivian, who first teams up with two redneck guys, the rather scary Angus and the rather sexy Axl. The story has all the good snippets of hope and despair, with the characters' gradual realisation that the situation is far more terrifying than they realise. It's sharp and spare in the prose style, which I like. My favourite character was the aforementioned sexy Axl.

I got a bit bored at about 65% when the story became something of a faux The Walking Dead (the missing child, the pregnant woman, the coming across of a mixed group with token ethnic minorities, the token old guy with the wisdom of years, the fella with limited but useful medical knowledge, even down to the young Asian guy who says 'I'm Korean' when someone refers to him as Chinese), but then it picked up again with the inclusion of a selfish billionaire all the characters (and the readers) can love to hate. I do get that stories of this type will have certain similarities, after all! The ending was fab - for people who don't like cliffhangers (so that you will have to buy the next book) this might be irritating, but I don't mind that format - it's only like a cliffhanger at the end of a TV series.

The only other minor moan I have is the amount of characters with similar names, which makes for confusing reading: Al, Axl, Angus, Anne, Ava.

Yes, it's good - if you like zombie apocalypse books I'd say it was definitely worth a read. Well, I'm about to start the next one, anyway!
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This was a cut above other books I've read in this genre.I'm not a massive fan of zombie books but I do like dytopian type books, I really enjoyed this book,the gradual introduction of the zombies worked really well for me, it made them even more scary and even changed my mind about liking zombie books.I also really enjoyed getting to know the living characters in the book, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat, I thought it was great entertainment,I've just bought the second book in the series because I want more.Thought the music ideas at the end of the book were great got me checking them out on You tube.I think I'm already a fan of this author,glad there are plenty more books in the series.
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I actually enjoyed this book more than my 3* review probably suggests. It's not a literary masterpiece, but then it isn't trying to be. It's a fun, fast-paced read, the characters are entertaining - if not the most complex - and the writing style really isn't bad at all. I have already downloaded and started the second book in the series.

So why no more than three stars? The reason is purely and simply down to the lack of originality. Broken World is essentially a rip off of The Walking Dead television series (I can't reference the graphic novels as I haven't read them) and the similarities will be glaring for anyone who has watched the first season of TWD. The basic premise, which is that a rag tag band of survivors come together in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, is almost identical to that of The Walking Dead. On its own this wouldn't be a problem, but Kate L. Mary appears to have been hugely inspired by TWD and this shines through in many elements of her plotting and characterization. It is glaringly obvious that the redneck brothers Angus and Axl James are, in fact, Merle and Daryl Dixon. I won't even say that they are "based on" the Dixon brothers, because they are so ridiculously similar that they simply ARE Merle and Daryl, just with different names. Angus is the racist, violent and unpleasant elder brother (i.e. Merle), while Axl is quieter and more reserved but, what do you know, turns out to have a sensitive side and, like Daryl, he appears to have been the victim of a troubled childhood. He is a character who is nothing before the apocalypse, but comes into his own afterwards (again, just like Daryl). Like the Dixon brothers, Angus and Axl turn out to be useful to have around in a zombie apocalypse, as they can fight, hunt and survive out in the wild.
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This was a great book. I really loved it and will be buying the next in the series soon. The way it developed, from virus to zombie, and the way the zombies developed was beautifully crafted, and the characters were very like-able and believable. It was just a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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This book is excellent, a fantastic read that I could not put down. Everything about it is fab, the storyline, the characters and the way it is written. One of the best zombie books and definitely not one to be missed! I will be reading the next instalment asap!!
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Really loved this book - so much that I went straight out & bought the next 2 books (which I've just finished) and now am buying the next 3 in the series. If you enjoy an exciting zombie apocalypse story with good characters, plenty of action & a fast pace, this is a must read for you. It is the usual setting - strangers having to work together during an apocalypse, some good guys some bad but here there is such good character development you cannot help but be sucked in. No one on this book is perfect, they haven't prepped for years nor have they been a Marine all their life. They are a real mixed bunch of people having to learn new skills & depend on each other for support. Not everyone survives!! If you love a good zombie story this (so far??) 6 book series is an excellent read.
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