One of my favorite book series is As The World Dies, by Rhiannon Frater. The series consists of 3 books which follows two women, Jenni and Katie, in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. As society strives to survive and rebuild, we get to know many characters who cross paths with them. Ms. Frater, in addition to the three books, also has written 3 collections of short stories about the minor characters and how they made it through the ordeal.
The stories are varied. My favorite is about Ken and Lenore, two people just starting out an average day at the hair salon they work at. It soon turns out to be not such an average day. some people turn into heroes, they make you cheer them on, worry for them and sometimes want to cry. There are also some people for whom the zombie apocalypse brings out the worst in them. There is one rather disturbing story about a family of four, a vengeful wife and mother…. well it doesn’t turn out to well. One of my favorite characters is Rune, a biker turned hero who can see ghosts. Ghosts play a big part of the original series last book, so this was a nice way to explain just how this all happens.
I don’t want to give too much more away, but if you enjoyed Ms. Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy, you owe it to yourself to read these stories. Some are rather short, Others a bit more involved, but you will be holding your breath through all of them. These books are hard to find, the Fountaindale Library owns the first two volumes. I was able to buy them for my e-reader at a very modest cost. They are worth it.