Title: LOVE AND DECAY: Season 2, Epi 6
Author: Rachel Higginson
Source: eARC from author
Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.
Reagan and Page are still trapped with Kane in the cabin in the woods and they have no idea if help is coming or if anyone will be able to find them. Besides the utter boredom and eerie solitude, they have to deal with Kane’s crazy mom and the danger Kane poses to Reagan, in more than just the physical sense.
When Feeder activity picks up, Kane is kept busy sweeping the property to make sure their human presence doesn’t attract unwanted attention. But is that even possible in the Zombie Apocalypse?
Reagan’s sympathy for Kane reaches a new level while she is also forced to make the toughest decision of her life. All of her conflicted feelings reach a boiling point in this episode and the consequences will stretch far and wide in her fight for survival.
Can she keep it together long enough for Hendrix to find her? Or is her relationship with him already in jeopardy?
Love and Decay, Episode Six is the sixth episode in Season Two of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.
This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.
Reagan and Page are still stuck in the woods with Kane and his senile mother. Reagan still holds out hope that Hendrix and his brothers are going to save them any day now. But when an ambush by a horde of zombies takes them by surprise, desperation takes over Reagan and she about loses it. Her world has just went out of control. All hope has now up and fled. And it has taken her future right along with it...
I had to put this episode down at a most crucial part. It would be several hours before I could find out what happened. I warned Rachel that our friendship was in jeopardy if it happened to play out the way I was assuming it would. A little heads up...Rachel is not to be trusted and will not be very well liked half way through this episode. Though she may be partially forgiven in the end. It’s all a matter of opinion. For me? She is safe. For now.
I realized then that even if these unnamed feelings I had for Kane originated with a mental disorder- and let’s be honest, I wasn’t exactly in the greatest state of mind ever- they had grown into something more, something I couldn’t ignore or deny.
There was something between us. He was right about that.
I breathed out a long sigh. There was freedom in admitting that to myself. I had been tangled up in denial and self-doubt, but getting it off my chest felt liberating.
This episode was hard for me. No, it wasn't the horrid scene from before I mentioned. No, this was all on Reagan. She is so utterly conflicted throughout the whole book. With good reason. I'm sure I would have been the same way. She says one thing...does another...and her emotions and thoughts are all over the place. It was like watching a person with two personalities in a constant struggle. And I hurt for her as she was put through all this. This girl needed time to cope with these feelings and emotions and work through it. But as we all know by now, time is something she never going to get.
Even so, I enjoyed this episode. Reagan's inner struggle was something that at the time I was reading I thought was off putting. But now that I look back at it, I see where she is coming from. And I hurt for her even more. It wasn't my favorite episode by any means. But I felt like I understood Reagan a little more after thinking on it some. And something huge happens in this book that is a game changer for the entire series. I am stoked to see what Higginson has up her sleeve and all the possibilities this could mean. Yet, I am fearful too.