Siege by Rhiannon Frater
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
Date Read: February 2014
Genre: Horror, Zombie
Siege is the conclusion to Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy, which should appeal to fans of The Walking Dead. Both The First Days and Fighting to Survive won the Dead Letter Award from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner.
The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors who have found tenuous safety in Texas defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits.
Katie has made peace with the death of her wife and is pregnant and married to Travis, who has been elected Mayor. Jenni, her stepson, Jason; and Juan—Travis’s righthand man—are a happy family, though Jenni suffers from PTSD. Both women are deadly zombie killers. In Siege, the people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. What’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors.
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, Tor
Series: As The World Dies #3
Also by this author: The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Dead Spots br> br>
Also in this series: The First Days, Fighting to Survive
Listened to the audio for the first time/Reread of the Story. I have updated my review with audio thoughts and 2nd time reading thoughts!
Read for Fun/Listened for Review (Kindle/Brilliance)
Overall Rating: 5+
Story Rating: 5+
Character Rating: 5+
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Siege by Rhiannon Frater gutted me even the 2nd time around and I knew what was coming. These characters y’all! These characters!
NOTE: I feel the need to start my review with a note this time. I have read (and rated) 468 books and have only given 40–5 star ratings. Both The First Days and Siege got 5’s from me. I can not stress how well written, brilliantly executed, and boldly told this series is. You must read it even if you don’t like zombies. It is a story of humanity, heartbreak, and hope!
Updated Note I have now read 903 and have only given 69 5 Star Ratings. This is one of only a few series that has more than one book with a 5 in it. Seriously folks, it is just that good!
First Thought when Finished: That is a way to end a trilogy!
What I Loved: When a series comes to an end, I look for 2 things: closure and hope. As a reader, I need to feel closure for both the characters and myself. I need to know that this particular phase (emotional, physical, challenge) has been met and that the characters are off to face a new phase in their lives. I also need hope. I need to feel like their world goes on and that they embrace the life that they have been given. That this life (yes I realize it is fictional) they have is worth fighting for and the future (no matter how bleak) holds hope for a better tomorrow with loved ones. These key elements allow me to feel that I was lucky to have shared this part of the characters journey and for now we part ways. Rhiannon Frater managed to break my heart, sew it back together, scare me to death, and finally leave me with hope that these characters that I have come to love would move on from now and into the future! I could not ask for more from a story than what I was given in Siege. It was a very fitting end to what will be one of my favorite trilogies EVER!
What I Liked: My favorite thing about Rhiannon’s writing (both series that I have read) is her ability to create complex characters in all shades of grey. However, with this series it was her ability to build a world that was compelling and believable. It is not often that you get both compelling characters and a world that almost counts as a character all its own!
Narrated By Cassandra Campbell / Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
By the end of the series, Cassandra was dead on with the characters. I think more than that, she got the emotion and pacing right. I am really glad that I gave the series a chance on audio. It was a good choice!
Final Thought: Both The First Days and Siege received 5’s from me. I stand behind those ratings 110% and recommend these books to anyone who enjoys a really good story told with a ton of courage and alright just a bit of gore (really there is gore–I have to mention it LOL)! Get thee to the bookstore! You won’t be sorry!
PS: I am not leaving out Fighting to Survive–I gave it a 4.75! This is probably the highest rated series (outside Harry Potter) that I have given. Truly it was just brilliant!