Summary (from Goodreads): Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed. She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.
Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.
In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.
*Not intended for a young audience. Mature content.*
This book is in dire need of an editor. The author credits an editor at the start of the book, but outside of running spellcheck, I'm not sure what that person did at all. I'm by no means an expert in grammar (obviously), but if I'm noticing mistakes, that means they are pretty bad.
Kan does a lot of stupid and out of character stuff. It's really hard to go into detail without giving away spoilers.
I will say, for someone who needs her wits about her constantly, she sure does get drunk and high quite a bit. It's one thing when she's in the secured town area, it's another when she's on her own and doing so could easily cost her her life.
Stealthy, unnecessary love triangle.
(casual?) Racism: Half way through the book, Kan meets two characters. One is skinny and knows a lot of martial arts, the other has dreadlocks and an entire mouth full of gold teeth. Can you guess the stereotypical ethnicities of those two?
Too many Zombieland references. I don't mind pop culture references in novels (or tv, movies, games, etc...), but if you're going to reference pop culture, you should go big or leave it alone. Just referencing one, over and over again, (sometimes just blatantly) is just cringeworthy.
I did like the city where Kan ends up for a good portion of the book. It's incredibly thought out, detailed, and captivating. Not a place I'd ever actually like to visit in person, but wow. Very well done.
There are certain ideas and concepts that really shine, but it's very, very muddy getting there. I wouldn't recommend this unless you are looking specifically for a romance set during a zombie apocalypse.
drug and alcohol use