About The Book:
- 100 Days in Deadland
- by Rachel Aukes
- Category: Horror / Zombies
- Pages: 450
- Expected Publication: August 1st 2013
- Publisher: Rachel Aukes
- Rating: 4/5
- Received by: Rachel Aukes for an honest review
Amazon: 100 Days in Deadland
A Journey Through Dante’s Inferno with a Shambling Twist…
The world ended on a Thursday.
In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering monsters with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government, no shelter.
Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch’s military experience and Cash’s determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead… or the living.
This is the beginning after the end.
(100 Days in Deadland is a modern remake of Dante’s Inferno, the classic tale on the horrors of hell… zombie apocalypse style!)
What a great way to introduce zombies! My favorite part of this book is the main character. She goes through hell (literally and figuratively) but chooses to be a different person, even going so far as to change her name to a nickname that Clutch gives her. Cash is a new person and she decides that this new persona is a survivor, not a victim.
My initial reaction was one of great love! There is some serious horror in this! And I DO love horror! And blood and guts!! YAY! Now, I know that some people are getting sick of the whole zombie thing, and maybe it is being over written a little, BUT I think it depends on the author. In this case I think Rachel Aukes did a fantastic job. Straight out of the gate you’re thrown into the opening of hell and Mia (Cash) has to think on her feet to survive. It’s one of the few zombie books that I’ve read where they don’t have a plan or something set up, or some way out at the beginning of the mess. She had to go through killing people that were attacking her and not having a clue that she wasn’t actually killing people, that they were zombies!
The emotional trauma and in return, strength that builds is amazing, and I would want to say that I would be like Cash. I don’t know, maybe I’m too girly to survive, but I do know that I could see myself in her and that’s a win in my book (ha pun intended!).
The one downside that I had is that I think there could have been more to match the chapters to Dante’s Inferno. Some hit dead on but early on in the book I was at the chapter for Lust and I was yeah, heck yeah horror and sex! Not so much… to my chagrin. But it was still pretty good and I did really enjoy the writing. I just love when an author can come out with some real horror. The kind that makes me wish my hubby was home to protect me! And Rachel did just that
About Rachel Aukes:
also writing as Berinn Rae