Review: Taking On the Dead by Annie Walls

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takingonthedead Review: Taking On the Dead by Annie WallsTitle: Taking On the Dead
Author: Annie Walls
Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: September 27th 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Bookish Brunette Book Tours
Series: Famished Trilogy: Taking On the Dead | Controlling the Dead | Living With the Dead
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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.

*Not intended for a young audience. Mature content.*

My thoughts

Wow wow wow. Freaky scary wow.

Kansas was with her boyfriend at a fair when the zombies struck. She survived the initial attack and went home to barricade herself in the bunker her dad had built, in case of the end of times. She has been alone for the past four years, only venturing out to hunt or for the bare necessities. Every once in a while, she practices her bow and arrow skills on the random zombie that comes through her neighborhood. When a trio of survivors shows up needing help, that becomes the start of a new chapter in her life.

Kansas was just about the strongest MC you could hope to have. Not only did she survive the initial zombie attack, but she’d survived ever since then, all on her own. She didn’t need a man to protect her or take care of her. She figured out how to find and cook her own food, how to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer, how to take care of injuries, and how to keep her home safe. The other characters she met throughout her journey were pretty interesting. Some were a real blessing to her and some I would have punched in the face the first chance I got. I think my favorite was the friendly hooker, who had sass and a heart of gold.

When the other characters entered the story, unlike Kansas, I was happy to see them. She was scared to let someone in after being alone for so long, but I didn’t want her to be alone anymore. Throughout the book, I understood when she struggled to know whether she could trust someone or not. I felt the same way, unsure if each person was a good guy or a bad guy. Sometimes it was so hard to tell. And sometimes I guessed wrong. Very wrong.

I think if you were to imagine the world went to shit, and then imagine some of the most horrible things people might do to (and with) each other, you might have some idea of what this book involved. It was like Annie Walls thought of the most depraved things that a human might be capable of, and included them. Poor Kansas kept getting into really unfortunate situations and I felt so badly for her. Most of the time, I just wanted to give her a big hug and assure her that not everybody was like that.

There were a lot of action scenes and tense fights. There was gore galore, some of it pretty descriptive and gross. There were also non-fight scenes that were tense. Annie Walls has a real gift for making nail-biting scenes. I had to stay up late one night just so I could finish the book and find out what the hell was going to happen to Kansas next.

As much as I loved it, there were definitely some things that bugged me about the book. The comma use was crazy: there were commas stuck in all sorts of places they didn’t need to be and left out of the places they really belonged. Seriously, there were so many commas it was distracting. I was left with a lot of questions at the end of the novel, which I hope will be answered in the sequel. I felt some of them should have been answered in this book, though. One of the major setups throughout the book was left unresolved in the end. There was quite a bit of adult content, but nothing overly graphic.

I love the cover, it perfectly evokes the theme of the story inside. And the cover model even has dreads, just like Kansas.

The sum up

Serious and seriously creepy (and not just because of the zombies), this is a must for any zombie fan.

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  1. I love Zombie books and this one seems amazing. I need to check it out :) Thanks for the review.
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  2. Emily Woodhouse says:

    I was absolutely blown away by the imagination of Annie Walls. From the characters, to the description, to the setting, she created a world that I will never forget.
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  3. I haven’t seen this book before, and it sounds a little like the Rot & Ruin series (which I love). I really enjoy reading about strong female characters. Thanks you for your review and for the giveaway :)
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  4. I too wanted Kansas to have some social interaction. It’s way important for a human’s well-being!

    I just loved this damn book. SO GOOD. :)
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  5. Filia Oktarina says:

    I have a friends like read about zombie story, but until now i still niot reading zombie story, just watching Resident Evil.
    This book looks interesting, I need to check it out.
    Thanks for chance to win this :)

  6. Yes! This looks super good! I love a scary read!
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  7. Donna Tuggle says:

    I have about 1/2 a chapter left, and I am feeling very sad because I do not want it to end! Awesome book!!! Thanks Annie!!

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