Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls

Posted June 30, 2013 | 9 Comments

Taking on the Dead by Annie WallsTaking on the Dead
Author: Annie Walls
Series: The Famished #1
Publication Date: September 20, 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 322
Source: Purchased
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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.

Now I get why so many of you love Taking on the Dead! It kicked ass! Part of me is mad that I didn’t read it sooner, but then part of me is glad that I won’t have to wait as long for the second book. After I finished it, I was seriously twitchy from needing the second book RIGHT THEN! Coming off that book high can get a little intense sometimes. Luckily, I had enough self-restraint to not e-mail Annie and threaten beg her for the next one.

Yes, yes, I’ve said it a million times that I love zombies. But what I especially love are the stories of the people living among the zombies. The survivors. Taking on the Dead gave me that. This is about Kansas living, learning, and adapting in a new effed up world, where zombies aren’t the only threat.

Not gonna lie, I was kind of girl crushing on Kansas (Kan). There’s just something hot about a machete-wielding, badass chick. She was twenty when the monsters attacked, taking away everyone she loved. She lived alone for four years in her zombie proof home, until she is forced to leave and confront what’s really out there. I had to say a “hell yeah,” to what she did before she left her home – I’d do the same. Probably worse.

Then Kansas meets Rudy. Well, technically Rudy rescues her. Twice. I loved their chemistry and flirty games. The girl definitely has more self-restraint than I would if faced with a sexy guy like him after all those years. Priorities, right? It’s not only the relationship between her and Rudy that I loved, it’s also the friendships she built with some of the other characters. This was another thing I really liked about Kan: she didn’t discriminate. She was cool with a lot different types of people, regardless of their backgrounds or professions.

Taking on the Dead was gritty and disturbing at times, and I loved that so much! Also, the author did a fantastic job with both the action and humpy-time scenes. They are exactly how I like them: to the point, while still being exciting and sexy. I get so bored when these types of scenes get bogged down with unnecessary detail or overdo it. Annie wrote her’s just right.

As much as I adore the hell out of this book, there was something that didn’t sit right with me. There was an incident towards the end that felt a bit hypocritical. How can you so adamantly be against one thing, but then be okay letting something even worse happen in the same place. It made it hard for me to be okay with what went down … or the way it went down, anyway. That was probably my only real gripe, though.

I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I friggin’ loved Taking on the Dead. I can’t get the next book, Controlling the Dead, soon enough. Give me more Kansas City Sunshine!

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