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What We Left Behind MP3 CD – Unabridged, October 31, 2017
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Everyone has a different term for zombies. I call them Zee because that's the term my mother used before she turned, speaking about the whole horde as though it was just one individual. Grammar has no place in the zombie apocalypse.…
Hazel is a regular teenager growing up in an irregular world overrun with zombies. She likes music, perfume, freshly baked muffins, and playing her Xbox—everything that no longer exists in the apocalypse.
Raised in the safety of a commune, Hazel rarely sees Zee anymore, except on those occasions when the soldiers demonstrate the importance of a headshot to the kids.
To her horror, circumstances beyond her control lead her outside the barbed wire fence and into a zombie-infested town.
“Five, Four, Three, Two—count your shots, Haze,” she says to herself, firing at the oncoming zombie horde. “Don't forget to reload.”
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About the Author
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 31, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1543622291
- ISBN-13 : 978-1543622294
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
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I have generally enjoyed Peter Cawdron's work in the past so I got a copy from Kindle Scout and decided to see what was up with this zombie book. There are many things I enjoy about Peter Cawdron's writing. One of those things is that his characters are often introspective. They not only analyze the situation around them, but their reactions to the situation as well. I didn't know that was what zombie stories were missing until I read What We Left Behind.
Enter Hazel, a young woman living in a commune designed to protect survivors from the zombie apocalypse. She is feisty and fearful all at the same time. In a world without fast food, movies and shopping with her friends, she is forced to grow up ahead of her time and must undertake a dangerous mission to save someone she loves. Fortunately, Hazel has three very good friends that decide to join her on this perilous trip. Jane, Steve and David fill out the foursome that braves almost certain death to complete their mission.
I really liked that the author gave a new reason for zombies and how they would be created. He is usually pretty good about explaining his theories and there's even some in an afterward about how he came up with the idea. Needless to say, it was nice to see someone take a fresh tangent for how zombies come about. The characters were well written and I was absolutely sucked into the book. It's a great story, but not terribly lengthy. I read it in under four hours, but please be aware that I read faster than the average person (crazy fast) so maybe double the time for normal folks. There is plenty of action to keep the story moving along. This book did a great job of dealing with things that I didn't think of when settling in to read a zombie book. The violence is described in a fair amount of detail, but they are killing zombies after all so what else would you expect?
Anyway, another great story by Peter Cawdron. Sometimes I feel like he should write a terrible book so I can give him a low rating, but it's not going to be from this one.
Note: This review was originally posted on my blog and is worded as such.
Hazel was eight when the zombie apocalypse took over the world. Eight years old is when one begins to form an awareness of the society around them and feel the urge to fit in. Children start developing opinions. They also become more independent and begin to form lasting memories.
Now, years later, Hazel is a teenager, and she's just old enough to remember how the world used to be. Lazy afternoons playing X-Box, pretty dresses, and being able to decide your own future. All the large and little things society has had to leave behind in the wake of zombies.
Some people are resigned to their fate. They put their head down and simply let it be enough to fight the zombies day in and day out. They've stopped questioning whether it will get better, or searching for a solution to the larger problem. Hazel's father is not one of these people. In fact, he has managed to continue studying zombies when everybody else has given up...and one day, he comes up with a hypothesis that may cure zombie-ism.
What happens next is for you to discover. I will say I felt the scientific explanation Peter Cawdron came up with made a lot of sense. I appreciate the examples he pulled from this world that could support an outbreak of zombie-ism.
I also loved the gentle, almost nurturing way Peter wrote about the characters in this age group. I feel he really captured the essence of what it meant to be a teenager. The sense of adventure, the awkward shyness, the recklessness, the vulnerability, the way everything can feel jumbled one moment and simple the next.
And the action! There were plenty of pure zombie scenes to leave even the most avid zombie enthusiast satisfied. At one point I was on my couch cringing, with my knees up, my hand over my mouth, saying, "No! No, wait, THAT can't happen! Aaaahhh!" Deep breath. "Okay, just keep reading...this CAN'T be how it ends. Trust the author. Trust the author..." My husband thought I was nuts.
Needless to say, you should get this book.
So what happened to my my strict "anti-zombie" policy? Well, Peter Cawdron happened! And I haven't found a story by Peter that I haven't liked! I also remembered that I'd read and enjoyed his short story Free Fall, and yes, it was really good and there were zombies in it, well it turns out that Free Fall was the prequel to this amazing story! Yes, this is me saying I loved it!
This is what happens when you mix a coming of age story with an apocalypse and then add Peter Cawdron into the mix. You end up with a plot driven, action packed, bombastic storyline that's also thoughtful. It's about what it means to be human, to have loyalty, and how love makes everything worth the struggle! So why did I give the book 4⭐'s instead of 5? well I felt that the climax was overly long and melodramatic, while all I could do was to sit there screaming (in my head, anyways) "Use Your Eyes and Look Around You, IDIOTS!!!
I loved Caitlin Kelly's performance finding it to be quite brilliant, and a new (to me) voice to be on the lookout for... Now onto book2 in this duology... Yum!
Top reviews from other countries
His Zombies are among the most terrifying, fast and cunning and "turning" victims in seconds. They may be Undead, but they don't rot away, and gradually become more malevolent and organised and intelligent.
A few isolated survivors struggle to stay alive as the hopes of the Zombies dying out gradually prove to be false. It is the final days of mankind .
But Cawdron throws in his usual believable and flawed characters, a group of teenagers in this case, and you gradually live their fears and hopes with them as they strike out on a last desperate try to hold off the end of Mankind.
Cawdron is that rare writer, writing intelligent and thoughtful stories, with strong characters and full of ideas, and showing us the strength and beauty of the human soul, despite all their flaws.
Not just a cheap gore-fest but a thoughtful and rewarding contribution to the Zombie universe.
This was is a different twist on the Zombie genre, it has the usual suspects, lots of Zombies etc, but there is a bit of difference in the infection itself and some other aspects of the Zombie infliction that I won't give away.
This added a bit to the story that made it more interesting, something different than what has been going around recently. The other aspect was that it was on a more character based story level, as opposed to purely blood and gore, making the story one actually worth reading.
Too often these days, Zombie tales go for the gruesome factor, trying to see who can have the most blood per page it seems, whereas this tale concentrated on the Survivors of the apocalypse, making it much more interesting.
The story revolves around Hazel and her friends as they try to survive with circumstances beyond their control.
This is an intelligent story rather than one based solely in blood, but don't worry there are plenty of thrills, Cawdron knows how to make you look in the dark corners, he has just done it through incredibly skilled writing.
If you love Zombie/Apocalyptic stories, make sure not to miss this or it's sequel, 'All Our Tomorrows'