Book Chat: Last Another Day
Book 1: Dangerous Days
by Baileigh Higgins
The first in an exciting new zombie series.
MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.
>>>Survival is just the beginning…
Trapped in the shower by her undead husband, Morgan prays for rescue but quickly realizes she’s on her own. She escapes, only to find that the horror has spread and now threatens everything she holds dear. With each passing moment, death becomes more certain.
˃˃˃The Zombie Apocalypse has begun…
Logan returns to his childhood home and teams up with Max, an army deserter racing against the clock to save his family. When the infection outruns them, they face the real possibility that everyone they know is already dead. Or worse, undead.
All it takes is one mistake…
As the sun sets against the backdrop of the African veldt and living nightmares walk the streets in the shape of their loved one’s bodies, humanity’s last hope rests in the hands of ordinary men and women called to do extraordinary things.
We follow characters introduced in the novella Survive Another Day, with more back story for some. The first in the Dangerous Days series lives up to the expectations set up with prequel. I liked Morgan in Survive and my admiration for her grew as she fights her way out of her house with her dead husband in pursuit. Then she traverses the dangerous streets, rescuing her mom and little sister.
Meanwhile, Max, her brother, meets an interesting man, Logan. He is a game ranger, used to danger, and a self-professed loner. They secure a former police station and work on making it safer, and run across other survivors they bring into their new sanctuary.
Morgan and her family flee the city, seeking a safe haven. They find a farm and are welcomed by Henri and his wife. The ever brave Morgan travels to town to seek supplies, and is almost killed by the undead. Luckily, she is saved by none other than Max. Julianne, their mother, is shocked when they both show up at the farm. Life is good, until the undead break in one morning, killing Henri’s wife. Deciding the farm is unsafe, together with the survivors that Max and Logan are helping, they seek a new place. The new compound is ideal and everyone pitches in to make it safer and more viable for long term living.
Breytenbach is a Captain in the Army, leading a tough team of soldiers. They rescue children and teachers from an overrun school. The Captain is shocked to discover an infant underneath a dying woman; her back torn to shreds protecting the baby. She hands him a diary that names the baby, Samantha, and gives him a photo of her family. Breytenbach’s heart is taken by Sam and he is determined to keep her safe.
When the team reaches a government-run quarantine camp, which is supposed to be safe, Breytenbach can tell it won’t last against zombie hordes. It’s not a good place to seek sanctuary. The thousands of starving, desperate refugees make the decision for him; Breytenbach will stay and try to shore up the defenses and scavenge for supplies with his team. Sadly, his prediction comes true, the Captain and his team barely make it out alive. They manage to save three children, including Samantha. Max’s compound hears their distress call, and send out a rescue team to the downed helicopter. Is it coincidence or a miracle, when Breytenbach finds Sam’s grandmother, Julianne, at the sanctuary?
I like stories set in other countries and this one takes place in South Africa. The most pressing problem for the survivors is water, and rainfall seems the major source. In the U.S., unless you live in the desert, we have an abundance of water in lakes and rivers. So this is a big struggle for the survivors. There is love between two of the main characters that was endearing. Also sparks ignite with other characters and I’ll be interested to see how they develop.
An enjoyable read in the genre, one I had a hard time putting down. Lots of action and pulling at the heart strings. Recommended for zombie fans and those looking for a new apocalyptic zombie series to follow. I’ve added to my list.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the November issue.