Book Review: 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes

100 Days in Deadland

100 Days in Deadland
by Rachel Aukes
Series: Deadland #1
Publication date: August 1st 2013
by Surprisingly Adequate Publishing
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: Personal Purchase

My Rating:

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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!)

~My Thoughts~

100 Days in Deadland begins with intensity and horror right from the beginning. No worries about getting bored while waiting for the action to ramp-up. No, you’re up to your eyeballs in it as soon as you crack open the book. Dropped into the first circle of hell right along side our main character, Mia –who is soon given the nickname Cash and sticks with it. Cash is a strong female character and I enjoyed her development throughout the story. Her compadre, Clutch –a man she meets early on in the story– is my favorite, though. He’s the kind of character that really makes me feel the story. He’s the type of man that makes you work for trust and respect… and even affection. And once you’ve gained all of those things, a forever bond is formed.

This story has the perfect blend of horror, action, intensity, and adventure. There’s more to fear than just the zombies in this tale, and I love the circles of hell twist this author bring to the undead table. The pacing is flawless. Even considering how busy I’ve been lately, I found it very difficult to put this book down for any reason. You know… like sleeping at night, or feeding my family, or writing.

There’s a bit of romance that develops throughout the story which I was on the fence about. It was understandable that two people in this type of situation would eventually seek out intimacy, but I wasn’t really looking for it between these two characters. There was one aspect of the romance I distinctly did not like. It felt forced, and came out of left field. It pulled me out of the story during those few pages. Other than that, and a few other minor issues, this was a pretty badass zombie book. As soon as I get the chance I will be reading the second book, Deadland’s Harvest. Yes, I’ve already purchased it, and it whispers to me late at night when I close my eyes. I need to know what happens next!

If you’re a fan of horror and zombies, you won’t want to miss out on 100 Days of Deadland!

~About the Author~

rachel aukes

Rachel Aukes is the international bestselling author of 100 Days in Deadland, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Suspense Magazine and one of the best zombie books by the Huffington Post. She also writes romantic science fiction and fantasy under the pen name Berinn Rae, which includes the RWA award-winning short story “Stealing Fate,” a USA Today recommended read. Rachel lives in Iowa with her husband and an incredibly spoiled sixty-pound lap dog. When not writing, she can be found flying old airplanes and trying (not so successfully) to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

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