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Billions were infected. Nations fell. The evacuation failed. Bill Wright's journey has only one destination, the research facility that created the virus. As he meets other survivors in his struggle across the wasteland to reach it, he discovers that it is not just the undead who need to be feared. This is the second volume of his journal. Billions were infected. Nations fell. The evacuation failed. Bill Wright's journey has only one destination, the research facility that created the virus. As he meets other survivors in his struggle across the wasteland to reach it, he discovers that it is not just the undead who need to be feared. This is the second volume of his journal.


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Billions were infected. Nations fell. The evacuation failed. Bill Wright's journey has only one destination, the research facility that created the virus. As he meets other survivors in his struggle across the wasteland to reach it, he discovers that it is not just the undead who need to be feared. This is the second volume of his journal. Billions were infected. Nations fell. The evacuation failed. Bill Wright's journey has only one destination, the research facility that created the virus. As he meets other survivors in his struggle across the wasteland to reach it, he discovers that it is not just the undead who need to be feared. This is the second volume of his journal.

30 review for Wasteland

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hayat

    Things are really picking up in this second instalment. There are new characters, interesting complications, more action and revelations. The slow and stead beginning in the first book was different, and surprisingly intriguing. I really like the plot, setting, main character and how this series is coming along.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Book Two: Wasteland directly books up where book one left off. It is written in first person journal format as with the first, but has entries from a second voice, Bill's new companion Kim. The first book is solitary, with introspection and musings, but also with a lot of survival and mundane descriptions of finding food and learning to kill. I actually enjoy that part of zombie fiction, the little details that make me consider what I would do in the same situation. This book deviates from that Book Two: Wasteland directly books up where book one left off. It is written in first person journal format as with the first, but has entries from a second voice, Bill's new companion Kim. The first book is solitary, with introspection and musings, but also with a lot of survival and mundane descriptions of finding food and learning to kill. I actually enjoy that part of zombie fiction, the little details that make me consider what I would do in the same situation. This book deviates from that and is more about what has happened to other people, and how the survivors now interact with each other. After rescuing Kim and setting out to head back to the safety of the Abbey, they first pick up Annette and Daisy, a young girl and a baby who have managed to survive against all the odds. Later on they rescue a small group of people, and some of them aren't so nice. Finding food and safety for a large group is a lot more challenging than for one - but most of all the struggle is clashing personalities. Finally this book contains the over arcing continuation of the political plot. We find more information about who engineered the virus, and the mysterious Sholto who was communicating with Bill when the outbreak happened. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger as self published series so often do, but overall I enjoyed the read. Simple, but as a big fan of zombie and post apocalyptic fiction, it ticks all the boxes for me. Perhaps not the newest or most innovative story out there, but with characters that I care about, and enough mystery to keep me wondering, I've already bought book three.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Not as good as the first one but still enjoyable. Bill meets some people. Some of them are assholes. I didn’t find him as focussed in this one and I felt like the ending was really contrived. Actually half a star off for the ending. Three and a half stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mona

    3.5 Mostly dull and seemingly predictable with some dislikeable secondary characters until the last third of the book. The action in the last third plus the stunning surprise ending..which totally blindsided me..rescued the book from oblivion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    carol.

    It went in an entirely different direction than I expected, which wouldn't have been terrible if the characterization of Bill would have stayed the same. I feel like he's turned into some kind of sap, ineffective with his self-preservation (ie., forgetting to sharpen his blade, losing his balance, etc) and guilting heavily over the evacuation when I don't see how/why he should. Then there's the obsession over the hill... yeah, not working, but I had to know the end. It went in an entirely different direction than I expected, which wouldn't have been terrible if the characterization of Bill would have stayed the same. I feel like he's turned into some kind of sap, ineffective with his self-preservation (ie., forgetting to sharpen his blade, losing his balance, etc) and guilting heavily over the evacuation when I don't see how/why he should. Then there's the obsession over the hill... yeah, not working, but I had to know the end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shana Festa

    Wasteland picks up right where London left off, continuing in journal entry format, new arrival Kim picking up the slack at times. Poor bill is surrounded by estrogen! Bill and Kim rescue a teenage girl, Annette, and infant, Daisy. Annette lost her parents in the evacuation of London. She finds Daisy and is bitten by the infants brother. I would have liked to hear more about this encounter. It was just kind of brushed past as matter of fact. The first book was the all Bill show. Wastelands addit Wasteland picks up right where London left off, continuing in journal entry format, new arrival Kim picking up the slack at times. Poor bill is surrounded by estrogen! Bill and Kim rescue a teenage girl, Annette, and infant, Daisy. Annette lost her parents in the evacuation of London. She finds Daisy and is bitten by the infants brother. I would have liked to hear more about this encounter. It was just kind of brushed past as matter of fact. The first book was the all Bill show. Wastelands addition of new characters changes the tone of the book. I found I enjoyed Wasteland much more than London. British writing has a lot of words we don't use in the States...nappies, pram, lorries, chip shops, buggies. I had to really stretch my deductive reasoning to get an idea what these words meant. Each time I came across a new word, it took me out of the moment and became a bit distracting at times. The survivors return to the abbey, but they're not alone. Now, just outside the walls, hundreds of the undead await them and the inevitable moment they will need to venture out. With the addition of new mouths to feed (there are nine of them at final count), their situation becomes bleak. On a side note, what is it about a diary that brings out the inner sleuth of even the most angelic souls? Bill's poor luck has everyone and their brother invading his personal thoughts and feelings. And even worse, his role as the architect of the evacuation plan. Argh Frank, you're killing me! Now, in addition to having to know what became of Jen, I need to know about Thompson. Are the immune carriers? The words "to be concluded" end this installment of Surviving the Evacuation; remind readers this is a trilogy. I'm waiting with baited breath in hopes all my old and new questions will find themselves answered. There was a great plot reveal (in addition to the tangled web that's already been weaved) at the end. The pacing of Wasteland out lapped its predecessor. While Book one earned a solid 4 stars, Wastelands twists and turns, and conspiracy wrapped in conspiracy, lands this book FIVE stars from The Bookie Monster. Tayell will have to put everything he's got into completing the series and satisfying my appetite. Thankfully, I feel confident that he will succeed. More, please!! Visit www.bookie-monster.com to read the full review!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sparrow

    I was eager when I started the next volume of this series. But oddly enough, when Bill met up with Kim, I felt like the heartbeat of the plot fell away to multiple lengthy flashbacks...ending with (view spoiler)[ a Star Wars revelation (hide spoiler)] that really seemed to come out of the blue (was I not listening closely enough?). I honestly feel like the action of this book could be summarized in, hm, four sentences? And the rest of the novel was either Kim's flashback or the grouchy woman's f I was eager when I started the next volume of this series. But oddly enough, when Bill met up with Kim, I felt like the heartbeat of the plot fell away to multiple lengthy flashbacks...ending with (view spoiler)[ a Star Wars revelation (hide spoiler)] that really seemed to come out of the blue (was I not listening closely enough?). I honestly feel like the action of this book could be summarized in, hm, four sentences? And the rest of the novel was either Kim's flashback or the grouchy woman's flashback (what was her name again?) I've heard the opinion that flashbacks don't make good storytelling, and this makes an excellent example of it. I feel like Bill's diary in the first novel with his inner monologue and stream of consciousness was where the strength of the story and the mood resided. Now that that is gone, my interest has died away. It feels like a dime novel action story now and I have no burning desire to find out what happens next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Terry Tyler

    4.5 stars Yes, the second of the series read in 24 hours, too! In which Bill Wright's leg gets better enough for him to move around a bit, he travels south, meets people, abandons old plans, makes new ones, gets betrayed, discovered - oh, look, it's another page turner, right? Put it like this - husband and I were watching a good film and he fell asleep; I very quietly turned the sound down to low and picked up my Kindle so I could read as much of this as possible before he woke up again....! Bill 4.5 stars Yes, the second of the series read in 24 hours, too! In which Bill Wright's leg gets better enough for him to move around a bit, he travels south, meets people, abandons old plans, makes new ones, gets betrayed, discovered - oh, look, it's another page turner, right? Put it like this - husband and I were watching a good film and he fell asleep; I very quietly turned the sound down to low and picked up my Kindle so I could read as much of this as possible before he woke up again....! Bill and Kim's experience is a lot more terrifying than in other zombie apoc books I've read, or indeed The Walking Dead. In Frank Tayell's books there are hardly any survivors and a hell of a lot more zombies; I notice that each person who writes these stories has a slightly different take on how the infection spreads. We discover more in this part about Sholto and the Prometheus project - all good stuff. I found the ending a little bizarre, and not quite in keeping with the realism of the rest of the book, which is why I have knocked half a star off an otherwise fab second episode. And I've already bought the other three.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Terrible, terrible confession: Somehow I missed something in my reading of the first book, and it wasn't until about 23% through this one that I realized the narrator was male. I swear I thought we were reading about a woman. I don't know why. So, when I realized that, I had to re-imagine a whole lot of scenes in my mind. On to this book. I liked it a lot. There was a bit of a lull in a couple of spots, but man, the action through almost the end of the book was amazing. My heart was racing just a Terrible, terrible confession: Somehow I missed something in my reading of the first book, and it wasn't until about 23% through this one that I realized the narrator was male. I swear I thought we were reading about a woman. I don't know why. So, when I realized that, I had to re-imagine a whole lot of scenes in my mind. On to this book. I liked it a lot. There was a bit of a lull in a couple of spots, but man, the action through almost the end of the book was amazing. My heart was racing just a little bit. Tayell has a talent for keeping things moving. I really am enjoying his zombie lore. I love the idea of Bill's being immune. I LOVED the explanation of why zombies focus on hearing things rather than seeing. I'm just a fan of this universe. I love all things zombie, and this is one of my favorites. It is an easy, enjoyable read. Go for it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    I bought the second one based on the good writing in the first one. Now I'm a believer. This guy is publishing his work all by himself and frankly is a better proofreader than most of the big publishing houses. He could benefit from a savvy editor, but since they apparently can't be bothered, I'll skip the awkward parts and concentrate on this guy's writing talent, skill in storytelling, and ability to use the English language in a coherent and interesting way. My only query is, "What happens ne I bought the second one based on the good writing in the first one. Now I'm a believer. This guy is publishing his work all by himself and frankly is a better proofreader than most of the big publishing houses. He could benefit from a savvy editor, but since they apparently can't be bothered, I'll skip the awkward parts and concentrate on this guy's writing talent, skill in storytelling, and ability to use the English language in a coherent and interesting way. My only query is, "What happens next???" (translation: buying all the rest of the series of 12)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Southern

    8/85, 4 stars **** I do like these Surviving the Evacuation books - pretty good dystopian fiction that doesn't focus on zombies or blood and gore so much as it does on human nature and the struggle for survival. It's a series I'll look forward to continuing! :) 8/85, 4 stars **** I do like these Surviving the Evacuation books - pretty good dystopian fiction that doesn't focus on zombies or blood and gore so much as it does on human nature and the struggle for survival. It's a series I'll look forward to continuing! :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elena Linville

    More like 3.5 stars, because I still liked the story, but not as much as the first book. And it's still way better than about 90% of zombie fiction out there... but I didn't really appreciate the focus shift. Book one was about survival in a world that went to hell in a hand basket. Survival made even more difficult because the protagonist was basically stuck due to his broken leg. Book two shifted from that towards finding out who done it and why. I'm not sure that really matters anymore though. More like 3.5 stars, because I still liked the story, but not as much as the first book. And it's still way better than about 90% of zombie fiction out there... but I didn't really appreciate the focus shift. Book one was about survival in a world that went to hell in a hand basket. Survival made even more difficult because the protagonist was basically stuck due to his broken leg. Book two shifted from that towards finding out who done it and why. I'm not sure that really matters anymore though. Like Kim said, would knowing who did this change anything? The world still ended. The zombies are still everywhere. Knowing the blow by blow of how that happened won't change the future. Especially since we don't really learn what happened anyway. I guess that will be in the next book, right? We also get multiple POVs added to the story as Bill meets more survivors. My problem with that approach is that the new characters are very black or white. They are either good and well developed, because we are meant to like them, or they are awful horribad human beings that are so one dimensional they are almost see-through. That's when the book stopped to be fun to read - after all you could see who would leave who behind to die almost from the moment they were introduced. If you don't care about a character, you can't be shocked by their betrayal. I think if the book had continued to focus on survival and trying to rebuild some kind of life in a zombie infested England, I would have found it more interesting. As it stands, the book didn't answer any questions and didn't really add anything on the survival plan either. Yes, it might be in the next books in the series, but I don't think I'm interested enough to continue reading...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Powell

    I enjoyed book one, its main focus upon isolation and Bill, trapped in London that had 'fallen' due to a zombie virus. Book two develops both the plot and characters. We learn more about Bill and new characters are introduced, while the zombie threat multiples. There are secrets within secrets and further questions into 'why' that enhance the intrigue - very well done. It's well-written and I love the first-person narrative, which gives true depth and emotion to the story. Highly recommended I enjoyed book one, its main focus upon isolation and Bill, trapped in London that had 'fallen' due to a zombie virus. Book two develops both the plot and characters. We learn more about Bill and new characters are introduced, while the zombie threat multiples. There are secrets within secrets and further questions into 'why' that enhance the intrigue - very well done. It's well-written and I love the first-person narrative, which gives true depth and emotion to the story. Highly recommended

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Similar "problems" to the first in terms of the authors abilities but once again an eminently readable book despite its many flaws. Very tense ending as well with a group of characters the author really inspired me to hate. I would add another frustration on top of the attempts to make the plot more than it needs to be. The author seems to "dodge" really dark or emotional moments this is down, I'm assuming, to his limited skill but this is frustrating all the same. Still I will be purchasing the n Similar "problems" to the first in terms of the authors abilities but once again an eminently readable book despite its many flaws. Very tense ending as well with a group of characters the author really inspired me to hate. I would add another frustration on top of the attempts to make the plot more than it needs to be. The author seems to "dodge" really dark or emotional moments this is down, I'm assuming, to his limited skill but this is frustrating all the same. Still I will be purchasing the next.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rin McKenzie

    This is the second book of the series. The main character, Bill, is starting to take responsibility for the things that are happening around and to him. He was the one who mAde up the evacuation plan. Then it went all wrong. Now he has other survivors to look after. A teenager and a baby and Kim. This book delves more into Bill's psyche and how he perceives the situations they are in. I recommend this book and this series. This is the second book of the series. The main character, Bill, is starting to take responsibility for the things that are happening around and to him. He was the one who mAde up the evacuation plan. Then it went all wrong. Now he has other survivors to look after. A teenager and a baby and Kim. This book delves more into Bill's psyche and how he perceives the situations they are in. I recommend this book and this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Second reading! I originally gave this 4 stars due to the bad proof reading. However, it was good enough for me to read a second time and still enjoy so it got that last star back :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    Not as strong as the first. Some of the plot feels shoehorned in, and the hijinks are a little less plausible, which was one of the strengths of the first book. Still eminently readable and has me listening out for un-identified noises in the night. Must stop reading zombie novels after dark.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason Bradley

    This story continues to keep me enthralled. I will definitely keep reading.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brittani (Game, Read, Teach)

    My review of Wasteland can also be found here: Review of Wasteland by Frank Tayell I loved this book as much as the first! This series really pulls you in! I really enjoyed how there was a bunch of changes Bill had to deal with and adjust to. It was interesting being in his head and reading about how he felt about those changes and how he was dealing with the adjustments. I also loved seeing more of his planning on where to go, how to get stuff, how to help save others, etc. He is pretty quick on My review of Wasteland can also be found here: Review of Wasteland by Frank Tayell I loved this book as much as the first! This series really pulls you in! I really enjoyed how there was a bunch of changes Bill had to deal with and adjust to. It was interesting being in his head and reading about how he felt about those changes and how he was dealing with the adjustments. I also loved seeing more of his planning on where to go, how to get stuff, how to help save others, etc. He is pretty quick on his feet with improvising plans when needed. I'm impressed. I honestly don't think I'd have as quick of thinking as he does most of the time, especially with hordes of the undead right on my tail. Speaking of hordes, we actually get a number of hordes throughout the book. The book description is definitely right when it says he discovers things more dangerous than the undead. You know what's more dangerous? Other humans. While not everyone becomes a cold, killing machine, there are some people that let that type of living and thinking overtake them. Bill encounters two of these people in the beginning when he's out riding on his bike looking for supplies, surveying the motorways, and determining his next moves. What's worse is these people he encountered not only were pure killing machines, but they also locked another human being up. Not bitten or infected in any sort. Just locked her up in chains just cuz they could. She didn't fit in with the thinking and instead of letting her leave, just locked her up. It really makes you wonder how far gone some people are when they will just kill anyone or lock up anyone just because they can, even in the middle of an apocalypse! Luckily Bill ends up being able to save the woman, named Kim, and she ends up being a big part of the story going forward. :) One thing I have to say I liked was how Kim picked up with the journal writing when Bill was sleeping or unable to. She wrote out her parts of the story, how she helped him survive things. It was so cool seeing her do that because she knew Bill would want that and appreciate that. Later on in the story Bill helps save another group of survivors, but they too seem to have ulterior motives. It never came out and showed it until the end of the book, but you could sense it. The way these people attacked Bill over his past work involving the evacuation plan, how they talked behind Kim & Bills back about escape plans, how they always seemed like they were trying to get rid of them or get them killed. They just gave me a bad feeling from the moment Bill brought them back to the Abbey and they proved it right. And I just knew what they did at the end in the escape from the Abbey was 100% sinister. They are definitely shady people. I have to say, I was actually surprised a bit by the ending. For most of the book we see Bill thinking about how and when he'd get the chance to go to check out the facility where the virus was made, and stored. Eventually he does get there, but not for the reasons he originally was go for. Surprisingly, the lab was deserted save for one person who seemed to get there just weeks before Bill did. When this person started talking to Bill, I knew right away who he was. I wasn't expecting the twist in the story this person revealed. I had no inklings about what this person revealed but yet it does seem like it could possibly be true. I'm excited to see how this revelation plays out in the next book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Simon Evans

    Quick and easy to read, this series by Frank Tayell would be a sprawing epic the size of Stephen King's The Stand if published as one book. It's broken into much smaller c200-page chunks though and works pretty well nonetheless. Following the journal format of the first novel Bill is soon to discover, like Charlton Heston in The Omega Man, he is not the only human survivor. As others have pointed out, this is not badly written but some editing would have helped massively. There is a long, long exp Quick and easy to read, this series by Frank Tayell would be a sprawing epic the size of Stephen King's The Stand if published as one book. It's broken into much smaller c200-page chunks though and works pretty well nonetheless. Following the journal format of the first novel Bill is soon to discover, like Charlton Heston in The Omega Man, he is not the only human survivor. As others have pointed out, this is not badly written but some editing would have helped massively. There is a long, long exposition in the middle which does not hold the attention well and there are times where Tayell seems to be trying too hard. The passage where (and he's not alone, most Z-fiction authors are guilty of this) the lead character goes to some length to tell us – in a blaze of self-satisfied knowing smugness – how *this* zombie outbreak is not like it is in the movies. Additionally, I appreciate that rationing took place before the outbreak which limits the availability of petrol and food but I cannot beleive to the extent described. Similarly there a desciptions of decay and the wild regaining urban environments which seem inlikely so soon after the collapse of society. It's much more realistically described by John Wyndham in Day of The Triffids. Other parts are much more compelling: the killing of zombies is portrayed as much harder than the swift dispatch they are dealt in much other Z-media. I felt the passages describing the damage to vehicles which hit zombies was excellent too. I will continue with the tale as it does end with a lot of story left untold. Whether I get to book 1§2 or not though, is still up for debate.

  21. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    3.5 Stars. A decent continuation and I found Kim to be a good addition to the story. I especially like that there has been no hint of this having a romantic element nor did the writer feel the need to go into detail on what we all know would have happened to her during her incarceration. I like that Kim is a fully capable and complex character without the usual tropes or stereotypes sometimes fallen upon by male writers creating female characters. The book continues in the journal format which ga 3.5 Stars. A decent continuation and I found Kim to be a good addition to the story. I especially like that there has been no hint of this having a romantic element nor did the writer feel the need to go into detail on what we all know would have happened to her during her incarceration. I like that Kim is a fully capable and complex character without the usual tropes or stereotypes sometimes fallen upon by male writers creating female characters. The book continues in the journal format which gains a new perspective when Kim is the one updating it at times. I liked this but I'm not sure if this will work for all of the books moving forward. We shall see. (view spoiler)[I found the 'twist' with Sholto a bit... odd? Like it got a bit soap opera with the parent drama and being raised apart. Then the brother somehow managing to make his way in the world whilst simultaneously becoming a computer genius and having links to all the data he could need. Also the Lenham hill was a proper let down. What were the radio broadcasts previously then trying to get people to go there? And why did no one else turn up? Unless I've missed something that seems like a strange oversight. Also the other survivors... well I thought it was interesting to hear of the outbreak from the perspective of someone else but I kinda don't get why everyone is hating on Bill so much. They're acting like the whole zombie virus is his fault and I really just didn't like how selfish and annoying they were with no real motivation for it. Very one note (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    The way the first book in the series was written in journal form annoyed me a little at first, but eventually won me over. That same journal form of writing just didn't quite work for me at all in this the second book. Not only did other people write in the journal at times, which felt weird, but it was really hard to believe that whole long conversations would have been remembered and written down the way they were. I kept thinking how unrealistic that he would have remembered every sentence to The way the first book in the series was written in journal form annoyed me a little at first, but eventually won me over. That same journal form of writing just didn't quite work for me at all in this the second book. Not only did other people write in the journal at times, which felt weird, but it was really hard to believe that whole long conversations would have been remembered and written down the way they were. I kept thinking how unrealistic that he would have remembered every sentence to write it down in such detail and it just kept bugging me. The story itself was pretty solid and exciting, which is the only thing that kept me going. I believe there is one more book with these characters in it so now that I'm this deep into the story I will have to know how it ends so I will read the next book in the series but I'm not looking forward to the writing style at all. Still a good read but only 3 stars from me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Brothers Not remember that I am partial to pretty much anything zombie. I'm reading these books out of order unintentionally. I read the third book in the series of really enjoyed the story and now here I am with the second book in the series. and answered a lot of minor questions that I had about things while reading the third book. I find these books to be well written and well-thought-out. the stories while they continue can also be self-contained so you don't have to read all of them to enjoy Brothers Not remember that I am partial to pretty much anything zombie. I'm reading these books out of order unintentionally. I read the third book in the series of really enjoyed the story and now here I am with the second book in the series. and answered a lot of minor questions that I had about things while reading the third book. I find these books to be well written and well-thought-out. the stories while they continue can also be self-contained so you don't have to read all of them to enjoy a good book. I would say that if you like the longer story it would be in your interest to start at the beginning and read these through to follow the characters and how their lives unfold.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emperorslapdog

    Much like the prequel London, this I a small setting, small problems(but dangerous) and local book that is a bit slow with little super human style characters and such. Shows the more boring side of the zombie world and what it would be like more of the time especially with the prerequisites of a period of marital law and lock down that makes things like gasoline and food not as abundant as in other books where it spreads within hours here the resources are eaten by the living before the infecti Much like the prequel London, this I a small setting, small problems(but dangerous) and local book that is a bit slow with little super human style characters and such. Shows the more boring side of the zombie world and what it would be like more of the time especially with the prerequisites of a period of marital law and lock down that makes things like gasoline and food not as abundant as in other books where it spreads within hours here the resources are eaten by the living before the infection has reached the country or has reached an pandemic leaving the looting hard and dangerous. Worth a read. It is a Goodread.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz Ann

    I honestly gave this a 2 only because I feel it unfair to rate a book lower that I didn’t finish reading. I quit at 43%. Of the 43%, I skipped forward through at least half. In the end, I just couldn’t care less about the characters or their plans. This series has such high ratings. I can say I won’t read any that have these characters. Right now, this series made me not want to read to the point that I won’t try any of the series at this time. I do think I will try to pick a different part of i I honestly gave this a 2 only because I feel it unfair to rate a book lower that I didn’t finish reading. I quit at 43%. Of the 43%, I skipped forward through at least half. In the end, I just couldn’t care less about the characters or their plans. This series has such high ratings. I can say I won’t read any that have these characters. Right now, this series made me not want to read to the point that I won’t try any of the series at this time. I do think I will try to pick a different part of it, perhaps a totally different country, to see if I can find out what so many others saw in the series. But I need to go find a book I WANT to read for right now and get back in the reading mood.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara Gallien

    This is the second book in the “Surviving the Evacuation” series. This book suffered a bit from its limited scope. While the diary entry style worked well in book 1, it was not well suited to continue the story. The plot got rather convoluted with characters we haven’t yet met being prominent plot drivers. We don’t know Jen or her dad, but we are asked to care about them. The characters we meet along the way begin to blend together. Bonds are formed off camera. The diary style worked well when B This is the second book in the “Surviving the Evacuation” series. This book suffered a bit from its limited scope. While the diary entry style worked well in book 1, it was not well suited to continue the story. The plot got rather convoluted with characters we haven’t yet met being prominent plot drivers. We don’t know Jen or her dad, but we are asked to care about them. The characters we meet along the way begin to blend together. Bonds are formed off camera. The diary style worked well when Bill was on his own in book 1, but it really limited the story in book 2 and made things more confusing than they needed to be. Hopefully book 3 will pick up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ann O'Nymos

    Again, a fabulous read that kept me glued to the pages (read it in a day). The second book carries on as Bill's journal but as he meets other survivors, the perspective changes. If you think the end of the world would make the last people become heroes and good guys, well..no. The zombies become more of a little nuisance than a big threat (well, ok, they are still quite bad!) and we learn that the living are maybe to be feared more. Like book 1, it ends with an opening into more background inform Again, a fabulous read that kept me glued to the pages (read it in a day). The second book carries on as Bill's journal but as he meets other survivors, the perspective changes. If you think the end of the world would make the last people become heroes and good guys, well..no. The zombies become more of a little nuisance than a big threat (well, ok, they are still quite bad!) and we learn that the living are maybe to be feared more. Like book 1, it ends with an opening into more background information and teasing you to carry on exploring the story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April Parrish

    I've grown quite find of this series. The first book London has little action but still kept me interested. Once I finished it, I started a different book but couldn't stop thinking about London and if Bill would find the answers he was searching for so I bought the second book and immediately started it. I was not disappointed. Unlike the first book, Bill is not alone for long so there is more action. I had figured out who the guy was at the end but never would have guessed his real relationshi I've grown quite find of this series. The first book London has little action but still kept me interested. Once I finished it, I started a different book but couldn't stop thinking about London and if Bill would find the answers he was searching for so I bought the second book and immediately started it. I was not disappointed. Unlike the first book, Bill is not alone for long so there is more action. I had figured out who the guy was at the end but never would have guessed his real relationship with Bill, loved that twist.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Barker

    This book series is wonderful, thank you FB for advertising it and to Frank Tayell for writing them all.. it kept appearing book 1 free to download and eventually I did, no going back I purchased books through to 12 and didn’t put my kindle down. Now just read book 15 which has just been released and reading them all again for the 4th time. I am 44, my son is 13 but also totally enthralled, zombies are not my thing but this series is so much more than blood and gore, I feel lost when I finish the This book series is wonderful, thank you FB for advertising it and to Frank Tayell for writing them all.. it kept appearing book 1 free to download and eventually I did, no going back I purchased books through to 12 and didn’t put my kindle down. Now just read book 15 which has just been released and reading them all again for the 4th time. I am 44, my son is 13 but also totally enthralled, zombies are not my thing but this series is so much more than blood and gore, I feel lost when I finish the set and wait patiently for the next book to be released. Long may they continue Thank you

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Vickers

    Not as good as book 1 because it didn't have as many suspense moments. But, it had enough to still be at the top of my reading list. More characters introduced (don't really think that's a spoiler). This is a zombie series that is more character-based than gore and bashing, though there is some of that, there has to be! My only real disappointment was that the end felt rushed. Okay, we sort of guessed this would happen eventually, but it was done in a few pages but tbh, it was important enough to Not as good as book 1 because it didn't have as many suspense moments. But, it had enough to still be at the top of my reading list. More characters introduced (don't really think that's a spoiler). This is a zombie series that is more character-based than gore and bashing, though there is some of that, there has to be! My only real disappointment was that the end felt rushed. Okay, we sort of guessed this would happen eventually, but it was done in a few pages but tbh, it was important enough to have been done with more emotion. Other than that, I'm off to read book 3 now.

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