Author: Rhiannon Frater
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
It is silence, not screams of terror, which proclaims the end of the world…
Minji Nordim is vacationing in Las Vegas with her small family when she witnesses the beginning of a terrifying apocalypse. When humanity is transformed into mindless drones by a terrifying supernatural event only Minji appears to be immune.
Thousands die instantly, but the other affected people are drawn to the Nevada desert. Nothing stands in the way of the mesmerized. Not fire, not heights, not rubble. As the bodies pile in the streets and the relentless wave of the mesmerized plods into the deadly desert, Minji is trapped in a burning city attempting to rescue her affected family.
Can one woman save her family and the world?
I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Rhiannon Frater so far, and The Mesmerized is no exception.
The Mesmerized takes us on a chilling journey with Minji, who just wanted to enjoy her Las Vegas vacation with her family. But it all goes to shit when the masses of people either drop dead or become mesmerized and start walking in the same direction – sometimes falling to their death. Talk about vacation from hell! Especially since her own loved ones are affected.
I don’t really find zombies, vampires, or any other monsters scary, partly because there is still that sense of control. You can fight or outsmart them, have a chance. But when something completely takes you over without warning, body and mind, losing all control and awareness – that’s creepy. And then if you’re one of the unaffected who don’t even know what’s causing it, never knowing when you could suddenly become … mesmerized. No thank you!
I can always count on Rhiannon to write strong heroines, and she didn’t let me down with Minji. Yes, Minji is a strong female, but her fierce devotion and protectiveness of her husband and children is what I love most about her. I love how the mother-child bond played into this story – absolutely beautiful!
There are a couple of secondary characters who are wonderful, as well. It’s a very diverse group, which was really cool and reflective of the real world.
So what’s causing the mesmerized and why is Minji unaffected? That’s the big question that I’m obviously not going to answer, but I will tell you that I was glued to my kindle as the story unfolded. It’s intense and completely engaging.
Overall, The Mesmerized is splendidly horrifying!
About the Author
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.