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So much awesome and devastating things happen in this 7th book of the series. Evil is pulling out all the stops to make sure The Trinity doesn't get together. More and more zombies are showing up, there are more attacks by waste of skin survivors yet there are more people saved by the group at the school. This character driven, emotionally charged tale will put you through the wringer with all the action and the continued fight to survive. There is so much I want to say but I'm afraid I will spoil the twists and turns in this great book. Now onto Book 8 and again, I can't recommend enough how you really need to read this series if you love the zombie genre.
This is a longer review than I usually give but since there aren't many reviews yet, I wanted to be thorough.
Another exciting installment! Adrian's life in the ZA is an adrenalin rushing, emotional ride fueled by zombies (terrifying, and sometimes atypical undead) and Adrian & his crew of survivors occupy his compound & his town. His fellow survivors & other members of the trinity are equally as interesting but Adrian & Abby are by far the most live characters in this whole series.
Adrian is somewhat silly & adolescent (man/boy comes to mind lol) but he is a strong fighter & a caring man that has taken on the responsibility for a group of survivors & thus far he has done a good job of protecting them, at a school that he has fortified to defend against both zombie & human foe. I mentioned Adrian & Abby as the strongest characters, most "live" but all the characters are fleshed out well from Patty, to Mike, to Kevin, his Army buddy & the rest of the characters we encounter in the story. They all capture you and keep you interested in the next chapter/book of the series - to the point that you want to know what happens to them next. Mr. Philbrook has a great imagination & I've enjoyed all the AUD books. There is a great amount of mystery in them, although it is a zombie apocalypse series. Don't expect the typical cookie-cutter zombie story! It is what predominately sets this series apart from others, I think. There is mystery, comedy, adventure & drama along with the zombie horror, of course. I usually stop at 3 series books, I'm bored by then. Not this one, I am still interested in "my friends in peril" after book seven! Wow!
I gave this book four starts instead of my usual five because there were more mistakes than are usual, not sure if the author's editor changed or what happened but it wasn't awful or too distracting, just noticeable more than usual. Also notable, near the end there was some stark redundancy, repeating scenes that had already been described. The descriptions were so close, I almost thought something was wrong with my kindle copy but a few words were changed or added here and there, plus one additional scene inserted, so I think it was a combination of trying to add length to the story & also to insert that additional event in a little more detail but it is confusing how it is done & why. Soon enough you read past it, skip over some of it or just scratch your head but it was distracting for a short time. Then you move on to the meat of the story or like I did, pause & wonder why those segments were repeated. The ending is as cliffhanging as always, so I am waiting patiently for the next book, so that should tell you it wasn't a huge deal though. I should add here that even though this is a series that doesn't end the story on the last page (so far), the characters & plot engage you So much that you WILL want to get the next book to continue the adventure. Chris Philbrook writes these books much faster than most series authors I've read, so the wait won't be too excruciatingly long. I don't know how he does it & still they are so good but I'm glad he does! I will be sad when the series comes to an final culmination but I know eventually there needs to be a completeness & am confidant we will be wowed to a satisfying conclusion.
I adore the Adrian's Undead Diary series. Super fun and engaging while hitting all the keys of the zombie apocalypse genre chord. There is a reason there is such a vulibtant community around this series and this author. Highly recommended.
A year has passed since Adrian unknowingly stepped into the roll he now finds himself in. He never wanted to be a savior. He never wanted to be a hero. He just wanted to survive. And survive he has, albeit by the skin of his teeth more often than not.
That isn't changing anytime soon...
Along our journey with Adrian, many hints have been given foreshadowing what is to come along other story lines that may or may not have anything to do with our gang at Bastion. Many of those start to come together in this volume as the depth of this story and Philbrook's genius really start to shine.
Packed with all the action, comedy, heartache and gore that you could ask for, this volume is a heck of a ride that any AUD fan is sure to enjoy!
things sadly start to unravel here. The writing, the plot, the characters, the repetition... it's all needs work. These books feel increasingly unedited, as they were rushed out to satisfy the readership, but I expect authors to improve over time and things I forgave in the early books were harder to overlook now. I was really disappointed with the entire Trinity aspect of it too. That plot point is not working at all for me. I'm becoming less and less invested.
I chose this rating because I love every word written in this series. I recommend this to all who like original storytelling, as this author has mastered! I've read every book in the series and I have NOT been disappointed. I have been sad, creeped out, excited, and laughing aloud at every turn. This book and entire series has a way of tying things together like a nice rug. (The dude style) the euphemisms, idioms, the creep factor.... I can't say enough on that subject.
I also haven't been able to guess what's next which is something I'm really really good at. Thanks for keeping me up late soaking this series like a sponge!
Another great chapter in the Adrian's Undead Diary completed! This is my second time reading this (I read the whole thing online before). I'm reading things I didn't remember and reading those "aha I remember that" moments too. I'm torn though that I have finished this book. It means I am so close to the end. While I love an ending to a series that closes it up nicely I also mourn the fact that it is over. I can't wait until the last book comes out. I love Adrian and Abby and all the rest of them. Keep up the great work Chris!