August 28, 2012

Review: Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls

Title: Taking on the Dead

Author: Annie Walls

Source: eARC for reivew


Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever. 

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

My take...

Four years ago the world changed and zombies were eating everyone in sight. Four years ago was the end of Kansas' old life and the beginning of her new life. Her new life that consists of living in a bunker built under her house all alone. And alone was working out pretty good for her until 4 survivors pass through seeking shelter for the night. Unfortunately that is not all they wanted.

Now Kansas must up and leave her underground sanctuary to find a new place to live and survive. But the things she discovers about the zombies and the world outside throws her for a loop and leaves her shocked at what she finds.

When I say I love me a good zombie book, I love me a good zombie book. But Taking on the Dead was not a good zombie was a FABULOUS zombie book. I loved every ounce and ate it up. (snickers at my pun) It had guts, it had nail-biting suspense about what would happen next, it had me thinking 'did I lock the back door? does it matter…cause a zombie could bust it down, right?' had a little romance. Not a lot…just the right amount. If I were running for my life in a post-apocalyptic world, I know I would still like a hand to hold. Something that gave me hope that one day it will all be better. (Ok corny moment over. ) Seriously though, the romance was just right and I loved every bit. I actually want to re-read the book right now…but alas, too many books I must review.

Taking on the Dead had a whole lot of twists, turns, and gore to keep you entertained throughout the whole book. I don’t think there was ever a dull moment that I thought it was dragging or boring. The ending…oh yes that perfect ending…we get a lot of answers and even some we were not expecting. And I loved the characters that Annie gives us. Each bringing something to the story and each hiding something too. 

So yeah, Taking on the Dead was flippin fabulous. It is perfect for those like me, twiddling our thumbs waiting for The Walking Dead to come back on (even though I have Dish and have to wait for it to be on Netflix). I am even going to go so far as to say I loved it more than Amanda Hocking's The Hollow's series; which I absolutely loved. And to know that there are 2 more books in the series is even better. So you zombie fans out there better be ready for this one.

Annie Wallsr


  1. I'll add it to my shelf! By the way, I just subscribed as a new follower and the Feedburner verification was "scari". Hilarious and eerie at the same time...

  2. Ive been wanting a good zombie read. This sounds great!