Review: Midway (The Harvesting #1.5) by Melanie Karsak

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by Melanie Karsak
Series: A Harvesting Series Novella #1.5
Publication date: November 2014
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Post-apocalyptic, Zombies
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

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Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the beginning of the end.

Carnie. Ride jockey. Roustabout. White trash. Tilt girl. Gypsy. Cricket has been called a lot of things, but she never thought survivor of the zombie apocalypse would be one of them. One day she’s barking on the midway, and the next day, the world is eating itself alive.

Cricket, along with Vella, a tarot reader, and Puck, Cricket’s mangy mutt, find themselves running for their lives, but where can you hide when mankind has fallen? Cricket will need help if she hopes to survive.

Luckily for her, we were never really alone, and apparently, magical forces want to keep this tilt girl alive.

My Thoughts

I was so happy to get my hands on a copy of Midway! The Harvesting is such a fantastic book, one of my top favorites of the year it was released, that I had a really difficult time waiting for more to read in this series. I’m not embellishing, either. The Harvesting completely blew my mind. And I have to say that Midway was worth the wait.

Having read the first edition of The Harvesting, I was fortunate enough to get a glimpse into Cricket’s world before reading Midway. Cricket is a carnie (and a natural badass) who runs the Tilt-a-Whirl in a traveling carnival. She works along side some very interesting characters: some good and others that are pretty darn creepy. I found it very impressive how the author was able to breath life into so many characters in such a short amount of time. Since I’ve always had a soft spot for tarot card readers, I found Vella to be one of my favorite characters.

Once the flu begins to take hold, and Cricket and Vella realize that the situation is far more serious than everyone originally thought, they take off in whatever direction might guarantee their safety. Unfortunately, security is a hard thing to come by in this new world where the dead are eating the living, and some of the living are complete asses who are only out for themselves.

What happens at the end of this novella is just…. Gah! Please release The Shadow Aspect immediately!

Melanie Karsak’s writing style is so fluid, and her storylines are so smart and intense. Once you pick up one of her books, it’s next to impossible to put down. If you are a fan of horror, post-apocalypse, or just strange and intense stories, you must start this series as soon as possible.

About the Author

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Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the Green Fairy) and the award-winning horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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