Book Review: Dying to Live (Dying to Live series) #1


Author: Kim Paffenroth
Release date: April 1st 2007
Date read: June 13th – 14th 2015
Book format: Ebook
Star rating: 3 out of 5

Synopsis on Goodreads
Jonah Caine, a lone survivor in a zombie-infested world, struggles to understand the apocalypse in which he lives. Unable to find a moral or sane reason for the horror that surrounds him, he is overwhelmed by violence and insignificance.

After wandering for months, Jonah’s lonely existence dramatically changes when he discovers a group of survivors. Living in a museum-turned-compound, they are led jointly by Jack, an ever-practical and efficient military man, and Milton, a mysterious, quizzical prophet who holds a strange power over the dead. Both leaders share Jonah’s anguish over the brutality of their world, as well as his hope for its beauty. Together with others, they build a community that reestablishes an island of order and humanity surrounded by relentless ghouls.

But this newfound peace is short-lived, as Jonah and his band of refugees clash with another group of survivors who remind them that the undead are not the only—nor the most grotesque—horrors they must face.


I adore zombie novels, especially those that are filled with gore and loads of character deaths, no matter how important character, so i was a bit disappointed when this book didn’t live up to my ‘zombie status’.  I love Kim Paffenroth’s writing, don’t get me wrong, but there was a serious lack of gore, blood and more importantly, death.

What i adored about Kim Paffenroth’s writing is that she hardly gave anything away with the main character at the beginning. While reading the first couple of chapters i assumed that Jonah wasa teenage boy, as i have read numerous zombie novels which feature the main  character to be a teenager, or a young adult, so i was pleasantly surprised to learn he was in fact a middle aged man. It was refreshing.

While the book itself was a bit disappointing to me, i am going to be reading the rest of the series in the hope that they get better.


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