The Dead Survive (The Dead Survive #1)


The Dead Survive
Author: Lori Whitwam
Limitless Publishing LLC
Release Date: December 19th 2014
It should be easy to tell who the monsters are in the middle of a global zombie pandemic…
The blank-eyed swarms of animated corpses who want to gnaw on your flesh. Well those are the obvious choice, of course.
In reality, though, it’s not always that simple.
In the early days of the global zombie pandemic, Ellen Hale learned a brutal lesson. While trying to survive the hordes of zombies, Ellen was abducted by a band of marauders and subjected to abuse almost beyond her ability to endure.
She is broken both mentally, and physically, and fears she is on the verge of becoming a monster herself…
Until she is rescued by a growing band of survivors and given a second chance.
Ellen is taken to “The Compound”. Where she meets ex-convict, Quinn.
He’s everything she’d ever been taught to fear, but his presence is the only thing that makes her feel safe.
Will she be able to look past his rough exterior and learn to trust him? Or will the memory of the men who subjected her to such sadistic horrors ruin her chance at a new life?

Read by: Taylor Henderson (Guest Reviewer)

Stars given: 4/5


I was gifted a copy of the book for an honest review. So with that being said, I’ll start by saying that I enjoyed this book. It kept me reading for sure, and I finished in just a few short hours. When I started the book I wasn’t aware that it was a novella, so I was disappointed with the lack of characterization, storytelling, and zombies. I figured there would be more action involved, and more dialogue, but the story is mainly told from the main character, Ellen’s thought processes. I felt like I didn’t really get a chance to grow a connection to any of the characters, which made me not really care what happened to them which isn’t good for a story of this nature. Lori has an interesting writing style that I liked, but sometimes I wished she would go more into depth in certain scenes. Overall I’d give the book 3/5 stars, but I was also very impressed by the lack of editorial errors so I gave it a 4/5 overall. I’m hoping that when I read the next story I will establish a better connection between the characters since it is a full novel. I feel like this story didn’t reach its full potential since it was meant as a novella.

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