As the survivors continue to seek stability in their lives, forces both inside and outside the fort walls move them toward a final, climactic conflict between the living and the dead. Jenni, Katie and the others discover that they are not alone, that there is another enclave of survivors whose leaders plan to take over the fort.
Faced with a series of difficult decisions, each choice they make could lead to the deaths of those they love or, if not careful, their own demise.
Meanwhile, an army of the dead is descending on the fort. Soon, the living will face their ultimate fear…
…a siege by the dead.
But they will fight to the end to survive…
As the world dies.
Read in April, 2012
Read for Fun
Challenges: Zombie, For Fun
Overall Rating: 5+
Story Rating: 5+
Character Rating: 5+
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!
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!
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!
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