Picking up where The First Days ends, Fighting to Survive features the further zombie-killing, civilization-saving adventures of a pair of sexy, kick butt heroines and the men who love them. A hundred or so survivors of the zombie plague have found tenuous safety in the walled off center of a small Texas town. Now the hard work of survival begins—finding enough food; creating safe, weather-resistant shelter; establishing laws; and fighting off both the undead who want to eat them and the living bandits who want to rob and kill them.
Zombies, and bandits, and death. Oh, my. Seriously though– Be still my beating heart. I LOVED this book despite the fact that it gave me nightmares, raised my blood pressure, and caused me more than just a little discomfort. Although I tend to be a bit Scrooge-like when it comes to handing out ratings, I can’t deny Rhiannon Frater 5 stars for Fighting to Survive, book two in the As the World Dies series.
While I enjoyed The First Days, Fighting to Survive surpasses its predecessor in creepiness, chills and downright desperate behavior. Katie and Jenni return just as tough and determined in book two as they work with the other survivors to create a more comfortable and sustainable environment within the fort. In addition to facing the obvious challenges, the women are forced to face the ghosts of their pasts, the grief of losing their loved ones, and the guilt that comes with survival. Despite the relative protection of the fort and the stability it provides, Fighting to Survive is an emotional rollercoaster and still manages to move at a breakneck pace. I couldn’t put it down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. In fact, I read so late into the night that I dreamt of zombies and other more terrifying creatures– desperate men.
The most disturbing part of this book also happens to one of the reasons I gave it a 5 star rating. Frater isn’t afraid to explore the darkest side of human nature and is quite in your face about the level of depravity among desperate, lawless men. Calling them bandits makes these heinous creatures sound almost human. I assure you they are not. And yet, I have no doubt that in a world gone to hell, zombies would be only one of the monsters to fear.
Fighting to Survive is truly a tale of survival. It’s not just about running endlessly from zombies or bashing in their heads, but of taking what joy you can from life and making the hard choices that no one else can or will. Filled with strong, endearing (and sometimes downright loca) characters, Fighting to survive will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Definitely a must read for fans of all things zombie!