Book Review: Induction (Time of Death) by Shana Festa


by Shana Festa
Series: Time of Death
Publication date: May 27th 2014
by Permuted Press
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: Personal purchase

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When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to escape the monsters?

In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.

And they’re hungry.

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.

Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.

Time of Death is author Shana Festa’s full-length novel debut.

~My Thoughts~

Induction is an awesome debut novel! The plot is based around Emma Rossi, a 37 year old nursing student, her husband Jake, and her dog Daphne. Emma was at the hospital when patient 1 came in. The woman had been bitten by someone at a fast food drive-through and was taken to the ER. Luckily, Emma left for the night just after the woman died… before she turned. But that didn’t save her or her family from the horrors that followed. They’re chased from their home and on the run trying to escape the devastation; to stay alive as long as possible. They go through hell and ba… well, there really isn’t any coming back from this brand of hell.

The pacing of the story was incredible. I was sucked in from the moment I started reading. That’s not an easy task for an author since I read so many zombie novels, but the storytelling is quite remarkable. I stayed up far too late at night reading this one because I refused to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen. I love the personal knowledge about nursing Shana weaved into the story as well. It made it believable for me. And the gore… oh, how I love the gore!

There were two things I didn’t particularly care for in the story. One: Adam’s feelings. (Adam is a guy they meet up with along the way, along with over a hundred other survivors.) His declaration seemed to come out of nowhere. There had been no mention of him starting to fall in love prior to him just blurting it out, so it felt awkward and out of place. Two: There was actually too much death. There were characters from the group that I would’ve like to see move forward with the series. I just wish one or two of them would have made it. Ok… I feel like I’m giving things away, even trying to be vague, so I’m going to stop here.

Overall, Induction is an AWESOME zombie novel that will definitely resonate with me for some time to come. I am excited about the next book in the series! If you love zombies like I do, I highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy of this one as soon as you can.

~About the Author~

shana festa

Shana Festa was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 17, 1976 and grew up in Northboro, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and two dogs, Daphne & Casey.

Shana is a registered nurse with clinical experience in mental health, geriatrics, HIV and substance abuse. In addition to her clinical background, Shana possesses over 15 years of experience with project management and data analytics.

She has been heavily involved in the collection and dissemination of the ICD-10 clinical and coding analytics across multiple projects including the NCHICA ICD-10 Pilot, the HIMSS WEDI ICD-10 Pilot and commercial testing programs.

Under her alter ego, The Bookie Monster, Shana reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis on (but not limited to) zombie fiction. With a background in Psych Nursing, Shay brings her unique perspective to the online reading community.

Introducing her own zompoc story to the genre, Shana’s debut novel, Time of Death, is the first in a planned trilogy and is scheduled for release May, 2014.

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