Narrator: Johnny Mack, Under the Stairs Productions, LLC
Series: Z Children #1
Published by Self Published on 9 June 2015
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Genres: Dystopian, Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Zombie Apocalypse
Source: Author, Submitted
Our kids are no longer our future. They're our demise.
Humanity's advancements in medicine, meant to eliminate disease and extend life, have led to a macabre reality of childhood vaccinations gone terribly wrong. Kids have transformed, changed into ravenous beasts that are nightmarishly quick, disproportionally strong, and void of empathy. No amount of planning or preparation could have saved the human race against this unexpected attack, centralized in the heart of every human home, and the US is quickly thrown into a chaos of Z Children. By the end of the first day, the entire world is jolted into a veritable hell on earth. Yet, there are survivors - individuals who, by luck, skill, or circumstance, lived through the initial wave of destruction. These 'lucky' ones will join together, bonded in their quest for survival. They will try to maintain their humanity in a world where children have graduated from bubble baths to blood baths. And they will try to find an answer to the only question that matters: What will tomorrow bring?
©2015 Eli Constant, B.V. Barr, Cosmo Constant Books (P)2016 Eli Constant, B.V. Barr, Cosmo Constant Books
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After taking their standard vaccines, millions of children are transformed into zombies. They are fast and deadly and those they bite also turn into zombies. The story follows several characters as they face the nightmare of a world thrown into chaos: A single mother of two and her aging father, a children’s clothing store owner, a 12-year-old girl orphaned by the zombies, a homeless shell-shocked veteran, a love-sick pediatrician and an Argentinian martial arts expert. Their paths cross as they try to escape the ravages of their hungry attackers.
It is a unique approach to how zombies are created, but other than that, there isn’t too much that is new. The survivors break into stores for food, water, and supplies, grab guns and knives and kill the zombies by destroying their brains. They feel guilty killing zombie kids, but do what they have to to survive.
Most of the book is spent introducing each character. There is action, but it is often stalled by long winded introspection on the part of each character, their many insecurities, and self-doubt. There are several attempts at humor, but these seem to miss a lot of the time.
The story is performed by Johnny Mack. He has a pleasant voice, but doesn’t add much to the story. As most of the characters are female, the story might have been better served with a female narrator. His character voices are fine and there is no mistaking who is speaking, but there is not a lot of drama in the narration.
Overall, this is a rehash of the standard zombie apocalypse story. It is book one in a series of unknown length, so the story may evolve now that the characters have been established. It attempts to end with a cliff-hanger but instead ends abruptly and unsatisfyingly. It may be unfair to judge the series based on the first book, but that’s all we have at the moment. For many listeners it may not hold enough interest to continue on.