Book Review: Dying to Live: Last Rites (Dying to Live series) #3 Small spoilers!

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Author: Kim Paffenroth
Release date: March 7th 2012
Date read: June 20th – 23rd 2015
Book format: Ebook
Star rating: 3 out of 5

Synopsis on Goodreads
In a world overrun by the living dead, one band of survivors built a community with a strange sort of peace with the undead. The dead were contained, but not exterminated. Now they’ve exiled four people–two undead, two alive–into the wilderness outside the city walls. Lucy, a beautiful zombie overwhelmed by her desire to kill and feed, keeps herself just barely under control around her living companions. Truman, a gentler and more reasonable zombie, looks at the living with something close to disinterest. Rachel and Will have trouble understanding and trusting one another–let alone their undead companions. When disease threatens one of the outcasts, the four unwisely seek help in a city filled with things they had forgotten in their simple existence together: safety, good food, comfortable lives, cruelty, apathy, and greed. One of them will not survive the encounter, and the rest will be sorely tested in this strange new world of physical depravity and spiritual death. When innocence and corruption meet, the outcome is never what anyone expects.

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When i first started reading book one of the Dying to Live series, i was excited because i love zombie books. I was expecting to be greeted wth gore and bloody deaths. This series was a major disappointment. There weren’t any major character deaths in these books, just the deaths of small background characters. I like to get to know a new character in one chapter and then have them die a bloody death by a vicious zombie 3/4 chapters on. I only gave this 1 star extra than the previous because there was more death featured in this one, but i feel it may have been to make up for the lack off in the last two.

The two ‘smart’ zombies from the last book Truman and Lucy became even smarter in this book, which not going to lie, i didn’t like. Zombies are not supposed to be compassionate to those they are about to kill, hell they shouldn’t even be talking. They shouldn’t be killing humans with guns, like Lucy did in this book, it didn’t feel right. The smart zombies in this book, i feel, are more like people with a disease, granted a disease where they are dead, but they didn’t feel like zombies.

This series is great if you want a zombie series with a twist, but i have already read a few zombie books with a plot like this and this was nothing in comparison to how great that series was. The covers are however really great..

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