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**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. It should be easy to tell who the monsters are in the middle of a global zombie pandemic… The blank-eyed swarms of animated corpses who want to gnaw on your flesh. Well those are the obvious choice, of course. In reality, though, it’s not always that simple. In the early days of the glo**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. It should be easy to tell who the monsters are in the middle of a global zombie pandemic… The blank-eyed swarms of animated corpses who want to gnaw on your flesh. Well those are the obvious choice, of course. In reality, though, it’s not always that simple. In the early days of the global zombie pandemic, Ellen Hale learned a brutal lesson. While trying to survive the hordes of zombies, Ellen was abducted by a band of marauders and subjected to abuse almost beyond her ability to endure. She is broken both mentally, and physically, and fears she is on the verge of becoming a monster herself… Until she is rescued by a growing band of survivors and given a second chance. Ellen is taken to “The Compound”. Where she meets ex-convict, Quinn. He’s everything she’d ever been taught to fear, but his presence is the only thing that makes her feel safe. Will she be able to look past his rough exterior and learn to trust him? Or will the memory of the men who subjected her to such sadistic horrors ruin her chance at a new life?...

Title : the dead survive
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ISBN : 24185575
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Number of Pages : 111 Pages
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the dead survive Reviews

  • Kristy Centeno
    2019-04-20 23:57

    The Dead Survive is definitely not like many other dystopian reads I have come across.Unlike other zombie books I have read in the past year, The Dead Survive seems to be mostly based on Ellen's story of overall survival from day one. It begins with the tale of how she is thrown into this world where men are the monsters and soon takes off from there. I really sympathized with Ellen and could feel her pain as she tried to adjust after captivity. The story is fast paced and unpredictable, but I began to love it even more when Quinn came into the picture. I felt as if he brought so much to plot and moved it along nicely. However, I felt as if Ellen and Quinn's interactions weren't nearly enough. They had so little time together that it made me want more. I was hoping things between them would pick up a bit more toward the end, but things didn't turn out the way I wanted. Or hoped. Though I did like the premise of the story and felt as if it was an easy, likable read, I craved for a little more depth. I wanted to know a bit more about the zombie apocalypse and have a few more things explained, but aside from that I really don't have any complaints. I'm invested enough in this character to want to know more about where life will take her and if she will finally learn how to fight back against every obstacle.

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    2019-04-09 20:04

    3.5 StarsThe Dead Survive is a quick little snippet of a story about a girl named Ellen, who goes from being a quiet librarian in training to being a prisoner at the mercy of men striving to be on top in the world now filled with zombies.The plot itself moves quickly and has several rather large time jumps, and while I really did enjoy the overall story and quickly it moved. I do wish that some instances were slowed down some so that we could get to know all the players a bit more. I like Ellen though. She goes through some pretty awful crap and struggles to pull through it on her own, and I liked that she eventually found strength in herself thanks to the help of others.I really like the writing style as well, and the way the way each character was fleshed out. It definitely makes me want to get the second one at some point and see how Ellen’s life is going after the the events of the last chapter. I will say that the beginning is definitely on the graphic side, though none of the actual rape is documented but it is alluded to and for some that might be enough to avoid it.Overall it’s a great quick story that really left me wanting more.

  • Taylor Henderson
    2019-03-28 20:59

    I was gifted a copy of the book for an honest review. So with that being said, I'll start by saying that I enjoyed this book. It kept me reading for sure, and I finished in just a few short hours. When I started the book I wasn't aware that it was a novella, so I was disappointed with the lack of characterization, storytelling, and zombies. I figured there would be more action involved, and more dialogue, but the story is mainly told from the main character, Ellen's thought processes. I felt like I didn't really get a chance to grow a connection to any of the characters, which made me not really care what happened to them which isn't good for a story of this nature. Lori has an interesting writing style that I liked, but sometimes I wished she would go more into depth in certain scenes. Overall I'd give the book 3/5 stars, but I was also very impressed by the lack of editorial errors so I gave it a 4/5 overall. I'm hoping that when I read the next story I will establish a better connection between the characters since it is a novel. I feel like this story didn't reach its full potential since it was meant as a novella.

  • Toni Wyatt
    2019-04-13 20:02

    This edgy, hard hitting read will keep you turning pages until the very end. Not only does it appeal to the zombie fan base, but to any reader wanting a white knuckle experience that keeps their heart pumping throughout. After enduring unspeakable atrocities, Ellen strives to regain some normalcy in a life that can never be quite the same. Ms. Whitwam has created a character with dimension and depth. This novella is a great setup for the next offering in the series. I'll be sure not to miss it.

  • Amelia James
    2019-04-02 01:56

    I got hooked on The Walking Dead last summer, so I had to read this book. I loved it just as much.

  • Carissa Lynch
    2019-03-24 19:56

    I love the author's writing style. It's edgy and dark; my perfect cup of tea! And I'm addicted to Ellen. She's one of my all-time favorite characters.

  • Mary Kirkland
    2019-04-04 01:05

    When Ellen has found herself in the middle of a zombie outbreak, she thought she would be safe with her brother Matt until she is taken by force and made to endure sheer torture at the hands of several men. Ellen's whole world is turned upside down and she doesn't think she's ever getting out of the predicament she's in until she's saved by survivor's of the zombie apocalypse. She's not sure she'll ever be able to trust another human being, especially a man but Quinn might just change her mind. Quinn is a big, rugged looking guy and when Ellen first spots him she is completely intimidated by him. I don't know if it was his tattoos, his looks or the fact that he was killing zombies but he was the last person she wanted to get to know. The very first time Quinn see's her, he does something that should have proven he wasn't a bad guy or even won her over just a little but she still thinks of him as Mr. Evil and when she learns he's an ex con, it pretty much cements her opinion of him. Quinn proves he's more of a teddy bear than the big bad wolf when Ellen watches how he acts with one of the girls who was held captive with her. Quinn is a totally swoon worthy hero and his character proves that you should never judge a book by its cover. A person is more than what they look like on the outside. The true spirit of a person resides on the inside and how the express themselves to others. Ellen has lost just about everything of her old life but when Quinn finds something that she's been hoping to find and brings it back to her, well let's just say you're gonna need a box of kleenex to get through that scene. I was so happy with this book, right up until I got to the ending and I had a moment of "Oh No You Didn't!" It was one of those rare moments when reading a book where you want to scream at the author and ask them why they did that. I've read other reviewers say that this moment in time has happened to them but this is a first for me. I'm still a little stunned by the twist in this book. A twist that you will just have to read the book in order to find out what I'm talking about. Disclaimer: I received an advanced digital copy for free from the author in exchange for my honest review.

  • Jennifer Nigh
    2019-04-06 03:24

    Not my cup of tea.This book was mostly the character telling a story about her life. There were a few spots of conversation, but only a handful. Also I didn't like the beginning where the author killed off the characters brother within the first few pages. There was implied chapters about rape and abuse. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

  • Mark Taylor
    2019-04-10 01:17

    Lori Whitwam's The Dead Survive was a little different than I expected. Yes, I've been reading a lot of zombie at the moment, perhaps overdosing on it. But I thought I'd give this a try.The story starts at the beginning of the zompocolypse. It was handled differently to a lot that I've read in books and seen in movies. It focused on people and behavior. If you've seen the recent Schwarzenegger vehicle "Maggie" you'll know what I'm talking about. People are trying to keep stores open. Civilization is trying to survive. It's bleak, but not unbelievable.Then the shit hits the fan.For the majority of the first half of the book, there is no real zombie action. If you're looking for arm biting and head shots, then you'll be sadly disappointed.But if you want the hard-hitting, brutally real downfall of humanity, then yeah, you'll find it here.I'm not going to lie. It's a hard read. It's certainly not only not for children, but also not for the faint-hearted. It's exceptionally well written. You'll be captivated by it. Won't be able to put it down. An amazing read to be sure.At the half way mark, I did think the author was going to slip. It suddenly seemed like it was going to go all Twilight on me. But Whitwam reigns it back in, and ramps up the emotion (if you could believe it could be ramped up further) and smashes it out the park.Whitwam's characterization is what makes the story. The protagonist, antagonist, the would-be could-be wasn't antagonist...hell, even the dog. It's a masterclass is characterization within a traditionally hard to character sub-genre.If you read zombie, read this.The end is heartbreaking, action packed, and left me wanting more. Dammit. Another book on my to-read list. Yes, the sequel is already out.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-07 22:23

    Ellen Hale is a graduate student in library science when the zombie apocalypse begins. Things get even worse when a band of marauders kills her brother and captures Ellen. Ellen is then subjected to torture and rape by the marauders, who are keeping girls as a commodity. Ellen and her roommate, Mellissa are eventually freed by a group from a nearby compound. Ellen’s scars from her capture run deep, though and she has a difficult time recovering even within the relative safety of the compound. When a few guys from a nearby halfway house show up, Ellen begins to pull out of her funk and gets to know one of the men, Quinn. However, just as her trust in men is returning, a zombie attack takes it all away.This was an interesting and quick zombie read, perfect for Halloween time. While the zombie threat is even present, the focus is more on the human threat and how people choose to act in times of crisis. Ellen is an interesting character who goes through a lot of trauma in a very short time. She deals with it all in a very realistic way, going through all the stages despite the zombies surrounding her. Quinn seems like just the right person to pull her out of her downward spiral. Watching their relationship grow is great. Ellen will definitely be a character that is able to grow and transform over time. What I liked best of all is that this book focused on the human aspect and not just the zombies, showing that other people can be the greatest monsters or your best allies. This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  • Lulu Watson
    2019-03-26 21:18

    ********************I always give the author applause for having the guts to get out there and do what some want to and haven't had the guts to yet for fear of failure. I believe that putting your work out there for others to read and ultimately judge and review takes a whole lot of guts! So with that being said, I felt the book was a bit fast paced. Although I really liked the beginning and felt for the characters deeply for what was happening to them. It was a great few chapters After that the story just became a huge fast paced blur. Everything felt a bit rushed moving from scene to scene. I felt there was not much character building in any of the characters introduced after Ellen the main character. I felt There wasn't a clear timeline as to what was happening and when. Or haw long after this event was that event. It just all happened. the story lacked in what could have been a truly great connection between the character and her so called love interest, so that at the end I would have felt so much more for them then what I did, witch was not much. I wish the author really could have taken the relationship further before the end and really made the sacrifice that happens much more believable in a sense, you don't just do those kinds of things for someone you like but someone your irrevocably in love with. I didn't really get the relationship nor did I feel the book evoked much emotion after the first few chapters. But bravo to the author for getting your work out there!

  • Karen Peacock
    2019-04-08 20:56

    This was a great start to this series! I read this short story in one day. It is face paced, full of heartache and the hope for survival at all costs. Lori drops you right in the middle of the collapse of the world by a virus, turning people into zombie like beings. I don't want to say much more so I don't give away too much of the plot. And yes, if you can believe it, there is some romance in the middle of it all.Lori's masterful prose allows you to feel every emotion racing through the characters as they fight to survive. All of her characters seem very strong in light of the world falling apart around them and zombies trying to turn them. I am looking forward to the next book. I felt this story was a little rushed, but I am sure more things will come out in the upcoming books. If you like end of times or zombie books, I highly recommend this one to you.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-13 01:08

    That ending killed mePlot: DThe low rating for the plot is because of the ending. That ending killed me, and was disappointing. Additionally, I thought this was going to be a romance, but it wasn't. There was a hint, but no HEA here. This book was more realistic than other stories complete with how things would probably turn out in most situations. Also, a little warning about this being a series would've been great. Otherwise, this was a well written story. Things happened like one would expect out of a zombie outbreak. I'm interested to see what happens next despite the ending.Characters: AEllen is a good character. She has been through so much, but is still pretty strong. She is learning to adapt to life after zombies and the horrendous things that happened to her. Quinn was a good character too. Sweet, helpful, and understanding.Heat: n/a

  • Book Junky Girls
    2019-04-14 21:16

    Now there is a Mature content warning in the synopsis for this book, but I would like to add a more specific trigger warning for it in reguards to rape and kidnapping. So if those are major issues for you please beware.Ellen is a young 20 year old who was a bit niave before the end of the world happened, and her first glimpse into a world with zombies and without rules was brutal. But she was rescued and finally found herself in a safer community even if trusting anyone became next to impossible.She is scared and unsure doing the best she can with everything that has happened and we see her trying to cope. This was just a short intro into this series, more of a novelette length giving you just a basic view of there this series could go and I'm excited to see more of it.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-12 02:02

    If you are looking for a zombie book this is not it. It wasn't until the 75% mark on my kindle that our lead had any real interactions with zombies. Zombies were like the setting. In this story you are told they exist and you see a few, but overall they are in the background.Trigger Warning: Rape This story is far more about the brutality our lead faces. But as far as I'm concerned rape is overused as a cause of trauma in zombie stories. And while this one looks a little bit more at the leads response to trauma....I didn't actually find it to be that nuanced of a look at the issue. All in all this book lacked good pacing, any good zombie scenes and just wasn't that interesting.

  • Theresa DaLayne
    2019-04-24 03:20

    At first, I wasn't quite sure of this book. Not because of the characters or writing style, but after the arrival of the living dead, the struggles Ellen went through were just horrendous. My skin crawled through a couple of scenes, but it was all realistic to the world after zombies took over. Zombies are dangerous, but humans are cruel.As I read on, we are introduced to Quinn, a tattooed, machete-wielding survivor who isn't what he appears to be.As the story goes on, I was caught in each twist, one after the other. The Dead Survive is a thrilling and horrifying glimpse into the world after the end, and the search for hope and healing when all is lost.Highly anticipating the next book.

  • Talena Colley
    2019-04-17 20:57

    Really Liked this bookThis is a great book one of a series I can guarantee I will be reading. This tale exemplifies the power that love and kindness has towards healing even the darkest of horrors that people can be subjected to by evil unleashed. It speaks to that deep place within most of us where we demand justice, cheer for victory and cry from compassion. Well crafted with extremely believable characters who I can guarantee, you too will become protective over because this author has a talent of sneaking in and stealing just a bit of your heart. Thank you Joshua for encouraging this author to write this book.

  • Dena
    2019-04-09 22:19

    unsureIt's a little to brief for me. The character development wasn't there. I read the backstory but not enough to get me to like the characters. I sympathized with Ellen and the author wrote about her pain which I could feel but beyond that there wasn't much interaction. Where are the relationships? I get the victimization and the ongoing issues these women have but that doesn't shouldn't make a whole story. I just felt that the zombies were the backstory to Ellen instead of them coming together.

  • Penny Harbaugh
    2019-04-11 01:13

    The Dead Survive is the first book in the series. This book was absolutely amazing, very well written, and had a great story line. I can not wait till the next book comes out.1st I loved Quinn (sniff, sniff) 2nd My heart ached for everything Ellen went through. With the help from Quinn she became a stronger person by the end of this book. I can't wait to she how much stronger she will become in the next book.

  • M.A. Stacie
    2019-04-23 02:04

    Oh Wow! This was fast, frenzied and ferocious. Such a harsh reality from the start, I wondered how the hell Ellen was going to pick herself up and keep moving forward. I, like Ellen, began to wonder whether death by Zombie would be better for her.Ellen's new life hits you hard in the gut, and I was left biting my nails until the end. Well written, and very well plotted out. It left me lusting for the next book.

  • Brian Switzer
    2019-03-27 23:00

    Another entry into the ZA genre that presumes the first thing that happens during societal breakdown is that 97.7 percent of all men turn into chronic and repetitive mass-rapists. There is no evidence to support this supposition but it keeps popping up zombie literature anyway.I guess for a certain type of writer it's easier to advance a book's narrative by tired old cliche than it is to use imagination, creativity and original thinking.

  • Kimberly C. Winslow
    2019-04-08 02:05

    Quick entertaining read!Things change quickly for our main character as her sheltered life makes her a prime target to be a victim. She is rescued after enduring pretty horrifying events that haunt her long after her freedom. It takes the loss of the person able to get past her barriers for her to learn to stop being helpless and fight for her survival and those that are part of her compound. Reading her evolution into a strong independent woman is inspiring.

  • Deausha Felker-sernicola
    2019-04-01 00:06

    This is one amazing zombie book. With twists and turns from the First page. When I thought love would never be found again I was proven wrong. I loved how all the characters were in this book.I can't wait to read book 2 in the series!! I got a sneak peek and all it did was tease me LOL Way to go Lori, Great job.

  • Laura Morgan
    2019-04-13 00:20

    Wow, I whizzed through this book in no time at all and enjoyed every moment! What a fantastic portrayal or the real monsters in this world, I even welled up at one point I'll readily admit! I'm absolutely looking forward to the next instalment

  • Cristina Roskoff
    2019-04-05 04:22

    Surprise meThe book started slow. Not to much explicit descriptions, but enough for you to understand what was happening. I really liked it. Looking forward in reading the next book.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-02 03:57

    This book was a great read. Some parts I had a problem reading, but it was only due to content and the fact that the author did a fantastic job of making you care for these characters and their lives! I will be getting the second book as soon as possible!

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-20 00:10

    Another good author...Really enjoying this series...can't wait to see where it goes. Even tho Ellen has a rough start I think she'll pull thru in the end. I want to see her as a really "bad" zombie killer! Thanks for a good read...

  • Itsatushy Garland
    2019-03-31 22:20

    Very funI enjoyed this read very much. As a big LWTD fan I enjoyed the side story set in that world from a totally different voice. On it's own it is a wonderful story other strength, pain and healing. Beautiful.

  • Stacey
    2019-04-24 04:02

    It started off really good but then just slowly deteriorated from there for me. Felt more like a prequel explaining how the MC became the way she is. It wasn't bad but definitely not one I will remember.

  • Bradon Nave
    2019-04-05 01:13

    Loved these books. The author did an excellent way of highlighting the characters rather than the apocalypse alone. Their struggles are brought to life and I feel it gave the books much more meaning.