When civilization ends - When hundreds of millions of the dead return to eat the living - How will the remaining humans survive? One week ago there were over 300 million people living in America. Today there are less than 5000. After a man-made plague destroys the population cities burn, and the government crumbles when the dead come back to life as flesh-hungry zombies.
Wim, a 30-year-old farmer, purposely kept himself cut off from other people, but when the undead arrive at his farm, intent on eating him, he's forced to venture out into the land around him and fight to save a world on which he long ago turned his back. Survivors from all walks of life - criminals and fry cooks, teenagers and soldiers - battle to survive zombies and each other as mankind races toward extinction. Book 1 in the epic "Life of Dead" zombie apocalypse saga.
What could've been a brilliantly done zombie novel by an author who is clearly talented at writing, instead seemed like a hodge-podge of short stories thrown together, lacking any real plot or character depth.
I feel really bad being rather harsh on this novel, especially because the author was very good with descriptions and character creation, however the way he went about putting it all together left the book lacking. There were characters who maybe occupied an entire 10 pages of the entire book that could have been main characters in and of themselves, but were surrounded by so many others that they were drowned, forgotten, and completely hard to keep up with. Out of all the seemingly infinite characters, only two of them ever meet throughout the entire story, making all of the events completely stand-alone, and their only linking point their attempt of survival amidst the zombies.
The author has a talent for making you fall in love with the characters, even if they appear for only a short time, which was honestly what kept me going throughout the book. However when I felt like I needed to stop and re-read earlier chapters just to understand who was who and why I should care, that's when I knew it was just too much. Also the pretty much clear lack of zombies for the first 30% or so of the book, possibly more, with only hints at what was going to come, also made for a dull beginning after the chapter with Wim starting out.
That being said, after about the 50% mark the book was packed with action and did have tons and tons of zombies, which was a relief. Really the only thing that saved the book were these scenes and some of the characters that were expounded upon more throughout the book.
Overall, pretty disappointed.
"This is how you draw a broken heart:
Dip your fingers in blood and don't
Hesitate to botch the final project.
This is a book about love and the wounds that it can bring. It explores the exhilaration of first love, the damage of unrequited love, and the distress of abandonment. The poems are little memories that come alive, a journey between reality and fantasy, often mingling as one. Fragments of life depicted in words. This is a collection of poems both cruel and sweet. The poems depict the difference between how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us. But most of all, this is a kaleidoscope of emotions that are multiplied and amplified as the reader looks into the window of a young woman's heart."
Bleed Like Me by Azzurra Nox is a rather dark collection of human emotion, completely raw, and beautifully written, making you want to come back for more, despite the feelings it disturbs within.
"She clawed her heart out so that you could crawl inside."
Usually I don't read much poetry, to be completely honest, but this book was a welcome surprise. It was very dark and at times borderline depressing, or a little crazy, however it does sum up the emotions that you feel when you're completely broken. That being said, when you read this I feel as if the current emotion that you're feeling has an effect on your opinion on the poetry, unless it's something more deep rooted, or that you've been through previously.
My only real complaints about this book is the fact that a lot of it was very, very similar. Some poems seemed to be carbon copy of others that I had already read earlier in the book, the more that I read on. That being said, anytime there wasn't a poem about being broken by a man or lover, it really stood out, and was a refreshing change that gave me the will to keep reading. There were many poems that made this book worth reading, some of my favorites being Farewell, Insanity Leads Me Here, Revelation, and Eva Marie.
"Give me your heart, so I can wear it on my chest."
Azzurra Nox I feel has some real spunk. After reading the author bio, and going through some of her poems I was completely enthralled by her and had super high hopes that the little I did know about her would carry through into the novel. In some moments I wasn't disappointed, however I feel like there definitely could have been way more "spunk" in her writing, not to necessarily keep it more uplifting, but to give it an edge to set it apart a little more.
Overall it was a good collection of poetry, I do not regret picking it up at all, and wouldn't mind looking into other books by this author in the future.
** I received a copy of this ebook for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.