Title: Devour (Death & Decay #1)
Author: R.L. Blalock
Published: September 12, 2016
I purchased this series after reading The Darkest Days, the short story that accompanies the Death & Decay series. While I was a bit disappointed that I didn't witness Officer Wyatt Ward from the short story connect with Liv and Elli, I very much enjoyed bearing witness to Liv's strength and determination to save herself and her 18-month-old daughter.
This first novel of the series is action-packed from beginning to end with relatable characters, especially Liv. She's a mother and wife doing her best to stay alive when the zombie apocalypse collides with her ho-hum world. As a nurse-in-training, she has enough knowledge to know what to expect and what to do in certain situations, and it feels natural.
Though the book needs another pass by an editor or proofreader, it's a solid start to the series, with plenty of twists. Reading things like "houses address" instead of "house's address," "their face ranged," "more cumbersome that helpful," and "no idea what is going I on," were distracting; however, I was caught up in Liv's story, and couldn't not finish the novel.
I know there are a lot of zombie novels floating out there, but I do recommend this one to any fans of the genre. It's action-packed, fast-paced, and entertaining.
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