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Frail by Joan Frances Turner

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Frail is the second book in an amazing Zombie trilogy by Joan Frances Turner. The first book, Dust, was an incredible new take on zombie-unlife, making zombies emotive, conscious beings. Frail follows up by telling the story of Amy, one of the last surviving humans after the plague that turned both zombies and humans alike into a new undead species called the Exes, invincible creatures that are neither alive nor dead. 

Amy is a very well written character, with a confusing and complex past that haunts her, and her slow descent into madness is told in such a way that we feel what she feels. Turner has always been really good at getting me to relate to her characters. The plot of the book, while at times confusing, is really cool and fascinating. The way everything sort of unfolds near the end but is also never fully explained leaves it very open for another sequel. 

The only complaint I have about this book would be that there were times when it seemed a little repetitive in Amy’s thought process. But I suppose that might just be realistic, since no two nuerodivergent people are the same, and god knows that with what Amy goes through that she is not at all sane. 

I look forward to reading the final book in the trilogy, Grave, which I’ll be buying once it comes out in paperback. If you like zombies, then you should definitely check out Dust and Frail. They’re definitely worth the read and as someone who doesn’t normally go for zombie books, I really enjoyed them. I finished Frail in just a few hours. Overall, I give it a 4/5. 

Dust by Joan Frances Turner

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Dust by Joan Frances Turner is not your typical zombie book. Yes, there is the blood, gore, flesh eating delight that comes with every zombie work of fiction-but there is so much more than what meets the eye in this novel. Turner creates a post apocalyptic world and a brand new mythology surrounding the undead. They have lives, gangs, friends, emotions, their own language. It is so incredible!

I give this a 5 out of 5. I really, really enjoyed it. You get to see the main character–Jessie– go through the process of dying, undying, and dying, and then undying again. You feel her emotions, care about the things she cares about, and see the things that she sees. The author is incredibly clear, crystal clear, in her descriptions, making it very easy to let your imagination inhabit this world she has built for us to explore.

The story is easy to follow, and the writing flows so well. The characters are colorful and well thought out, making them very real considering they are supposed to be the dead walking and talking. I will admit I had a huge hankering for close-to-rare steak after reading this, as her description of the creatures consuming raw meat actually made it sound appealing (not the human bits, of course).

Turner gives zombie books everywhere a run for their money in this comedic, wonderfully written and vivid depiction of plague-ridden Michigan, and the events that caused it all. I personally am not much of a fangirl when it comes to zombie themed supernatural or paranormal novels– the walking dead and world war z just are not really my cup of tea, ya know? But this book is so much more complex and involved than rotting undead monsters. They are an actual species with behaviors and feelings, which puts a whole new spin on the mythology than anything I have every seen before.

If given the chance, anyone who likes horror, paranormal or macabre, bloody humor should definitely check this book out. It’s to die for. :wink:

Buy it here!