Thursday, September 8, 2011

Short Reviews: Hunger and Hunted (The Dead Novelettes 1 & 2) by Patricia Williams

Hunger (The Dead Novelettes #1)

Five years have passed since the first wave of Dead ones-those that walk among the living, hungering for flesh. Now, The Patrol provides for the people in The Areas, as long as stringent rules are followed. After a close encounter with a Dead one, sixteen year old Claire Roberts begins to question everything she's been taught about The Patrol, the Dead ones, and her place in the world. 

This book was very creepy. Although never really called zombies, the monsters in this book are basically that. They are gross beings, formerly humans, that want to eat humans. Claire lives with her mother alone in a city baraccaded by a fence to keep them out. It feels small. Like the creatures could just burst through at any moment and kill them all. But The Patrol keeps them safe. The only thing is - The Patrol - is just really a bunch of people who have fun killing the Dead ones. There is really no training, it's survival of the fittest, and bring back a head to get paid for your duty! That makes the story even creepier because everyone in town seems a little too comfortable considering. Even when they do seem frightened, I felt like they should have been even more frightened.

On top of that, a lot of things are mentioned in the story that we kind of get to know about, but just enough is held back to make them seem mysterious and daunting. Like the hunger that Claire is beginning to feel, the society, and the way "sympathizers" (those that remember these creatures used to be ordinary humans just like them) are ostracized. 

Overall, a well done, frightening, and fascinating world. This story had me wanting more.

My rating: 3.5/5

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for my honest opinion
You can buy Hunger through Amazon Kindle.

Hunger, The Dead Novelettes on Goodreads.

Hunted (The Dead Novelettes #2)


After the abrupt loss of someone dear to her, Claire Roberts feels more alone than ever. She throws herself into Hunting, still optimistic about a way out of marrying a man she barely knows. But when her new family offers luxuries that she hasn't experienced since Dead ones roamed the streets, Claire is faced with a choice: live a life with her head under the sand, or find her own way.  


In the second Dead Novelette, we learn a bit more about The Society but as with the first one, enough is kept back that has the reader turning pages to find out more. A few things happen to Claire that have her questioning more about the way society works. This is mostly due to the fact that she is thrust into her arranged marriage to the son of a very rich family earlier than expected. 

This one is just as creepy as the first. The Dead ones are frightening and Claire's co-workers at The Patrol are almost as scary. Most of all I think I appreciated Claire's strength throughout the story. She is definitely a strong female lead that I am happy to see, espcially in such a horrorific world. She is both strong willed and is able to keep herself under control when it comes to being around both people and monsters that are less than appealing.

Overall this was a good follow up to Hunger. However, the author could have done with another round of editing as there were a few distracting mistakes. The first of which - "My concern lied with something more carnal." - appeared within the opening few paragraphs. Still, I thought the story more than made up for her mistakes, and I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for Claire in future installments of the series.

My rating: 3/5

Disclaimer: I bought my copy.

You can buy Hunted through Amazon Kindle.

Hunted, The Dead Novelettes on Goodreads.

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