The First Days

Title: The First Days
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Synopsis: Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her. That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.
Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.
During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.
A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.
It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love…anything is possible at the end of the world.
Publisher: Tor Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"There was so little left of him.  Lloyd always was a big eater..."

I picked up this gem back in 2011, when the local library had it displayed at the very front.  The first chapter is titled, Little Fingers.  I'll let you wonder what that means, but it is an opening chapter I will never forget.  

The first book in the As the World Dies series takes us on a wild ride through Texas as Katie and Jenni desperately fight to save Jenni's oldest son and find safety. Somewhere.  Anywhere.

Strong women protagonists ✅
LGBT+ representation ✅
Brutal kills ✅

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