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.
I received this book to give an honest review.
I honestly do not know what to truly say about this book. It was off the CHAIN! There was humor, love, hope, death, survival all wrapped up into one. This author is on point with a zombie apocalypse, and it felt real in a way that you could see this happening. And watching how the survivors survive it seems surreal. The descriptions of not only the scenes but the zombies, how they looked, smelled, how places that were occupied smelled I could imagine in my head and that made this book 10 times more awesome to me. The author did a great job with that.
When I first started reading the book I was like okay how are zombies going to play a part in this. And then BAM in ya face it happens. Fast forward to Emma working in the hospital and let me just say that I was dying with laughter with the way Emma talks and acts. I am honestly not going to look at poop the same way again without laughing and thinking about what Emma saw in the hospital. I think in a book that has a lot of death you have to find humor somewhere and this author found it in Emma.
Emma comes home from her shift as a student nurse everything seems okay besides the hurricane that is coming down, until she turns on the news and sees something about people eating people. Then she sees with her husband a zombie and someone being ate in front of her. Emma and Jake attempt to find a safe haven but no where seems to be safe until they are picked up by some people who looking for safety as well. I kept thinking well now this story is going to have a happy ending and I was wrong. Tragedy strikes again and it is about survival yet again for Emma and those that have survived.
You can relate to what Emma is going through in way, and we see her evolve into a better character in time with what is going on around her. She learns to shoot and pretty much take care of herself in case anything was to happen she learns to adapt! Which I think is awesome.
When Emma and the survivors find refugee will it last? Will it become over ran with zombies? This is a zombie book like no other it is amazing how the author can write and keep you feeling with all the emotions that is going on with the story. She has characters die that you think would survive which doesn't happen to often in stories like this. The only thing that I kept wondering in the back of my mind was what happened to Ollie. Emma's nursing school buddy. We learn what happens to Kat, but never Ollie. I wonder if we will hear about her later? Or did she just kind of disappear within the cracks of the story being told.
Shana is a new author one that I am for sure keeping my eye on, she has potential like no other. I could keep going on with the review and all that. But I feel as though I will be giving something away. If you are looking for something funky and fresh to the zombie world. Something that seems that it could be real and happen, you want humor with the gore PICK THIS UP!!! You for sure won't be disappointed!
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.