- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755379136
- ISBN-13: 978-0755379132
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Allison Hewitt is Trapped Paperback – 24 Nov 2011
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'Madeleine Roux's novel is one of the single most exhilerating reads you'll find this year' (www.sassisamblog.com)
'The plot...rises above the "same old" due to its unflagging energy and momentum. The central protagonists, and particularly the character of Allison herself, are depicted with discomfiting realism; fallible, damaged, and as capable of truly dreadful acts as of selfless ones. Overall, this is a great read, and a worthy addition to any zomfan's personal library...Read it, absolutely' (www.zombiefictionreview.blogspot.com)
'Allison Hewitt is Trapped is in one word: fantastic!...I've got only great things to say about this book. It's a keeper. One I haven't stopped thinking about since I finished. One that will live on my bookshelf forever. I loved it!' (www.ysfetsos.blogspot.com)
'This one rocks and shows the sub-genre is indeed maturing...highly recommended to horror fans, zombie fans, and those that like a well written adventure yarn. If you only plan on reading one horror novel this year, then look no further' (www.beyondscary.com)
'One of the best zombie apocalypse novels I've read' (www.thefringemagazine.blogspot.com)
This brilliant debut novel from Madeleine Roux orginated online as the popular blog ALLISON HEWITT IS TRAPPED on http://helptheyarecoming.wordpress.com.See all Product description
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And in Madeleine Roux's novel, Allison Hewitt is Trapped, that is exactly what the eponymous heroine decides to do. The book begins with Allison and a small group of survivors trapped in the backroom of a book store. Roaming the main shop and the dishevelled streets outside are swarms of shuffling undead, each of them as hungry as they are gruesomely described. In the face of such relentless horror, Allison turns to the mysterious SNet, a surviving internet connection, in order to document her group's ordeal and to seek help from other users.
The novel's, written-as-a-blog format certainly makes for a fresh take on the zombie genre, and the comments at the end of Allison's posts from other survivors really add to the appeal, and to the book's ability to draw the reader in. However, the format is far more than a gimmick; giving Allison a way to vent her inner most feelings really adds to the experience, and, interestingly, it even feeds into the plot when other characters realise she's using precious power to run her laptop and to write about them.
Allison herself is an excellent character; determined yet caring, ruthless but saddled with a conscience. The supporting characters are also developed beautifully and are undeniable proof that Allison Hewitt is Trapped is an excellent idea, brilliantly executed.
Finally, what Madeleine does well is present a story with a great lead, has a decent support cast and clearly demonstrates throughout that she plays for keeps as the events unwind. That said however, my only real problem with the book is that at the beginning you know that what occurs within is looked back upon in hindsight and as such means that during a lot of the story the tales lead is in very little danger until we creep towards the end which is when the tension, to quote Spinal Tap, cranks right up to 11.
It is definitely something new, it has some great prose and when backed with realistic dialogue and an author who will deal in the unpleasant (Bucket Toilet duties) then you know a great deal of thought and planning has gone on before which will make this title definitely one for the Urban Fantasist out there and a title that will threaten as much as engulf the reader's imagination.
Allison is locked inside the break room because it has the strongest door in the department store, which means They can't get in. There are also surveillance cameras which are used to keep an eye on what's going on in the store, it's a helpful tool to be able to see where the zombies are, especially when you have to do a food run. Allison is not the only one in the break room. There are five other people who she's sharing the small room with and they are all very different, but all very realistic, personalities.
The relationships between the characters is as close to real-life as you would imagine in such a situation, there's no gun-ho stud with a shotgun over his shoulder, instead it's a skinny chinese guy with broken glasses and a baseball bat. It's a store manager and his golf clubs, it's Allison who's weapon of choice is an axe.
The novel is actually the content of Allison's blog, which she updates regularly, and uses to connect with other survivors. And although I was a little skeptical of this format at first, wondering how the flow of the story would be and how the dialogue would work etc, but I needn't have worried. It's brilliantly written and I couldn't stop myself from reading chapter after chapter - it was very addictive reading.
Eventually Allison and her co-survivors have to leave the break room.Read more ›
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Really enjoyed this story, fast paced and loved the characters.Published 17 months ago by Mrs S Hepburn
As a blogger, I presume that if the world ended my blog would go bye-bye but Allison Hewitt, the kick ass, axe weilding heroine of this novel shows that not only can you survive a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by hross42877
Allison Hewitt, along with a few of her colleagues, is trapped in the staff break room at the book shop where she works while the zombie apocalypse takes place outside. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Book Blog Bird
Won't be buying the 2nd book. The world's falling apart and she is falling in love. One minute she is working as usual the next she is swinging an axe like a logger. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amber
I keep saying that I don't like zombies and yet I keep coming back to zombie books. I may need to examine my opinion more closely. Read morePublished on 29 April 2015 by Tales of a Librarian
Started as an online book which got her a publishing deal. I believe a second book is on it's way. I'll buying that as well.Published on 27 Dec. 2014 by M Clarke
Very entertaining however some sections can be a little tedious to readPublished on 10 Aug. 2014 by Nicole Stokes