The Secret Apocalypse by James Harden

Hey everyone I hope you are having a good day. This week I got my hands on a copy (online) of this book by James Harden. For some reason it was showing up Free on my Kobo but I liked it so much that I purchased the second book in the series just to help support the author. 
You all know how much I love a good Zombie novel and I really love it when the author puts an original spin on things whether it be in story or in writing style. In this case it was the story that had the original spin on it.
Let me tell you a bit about it.

Rebecca has survived what we are told was a horrible incident back in Australia and that she was the only known survivor of the incident. She is being interviewed about the incident which has been kept quiet by the Australian government and the American military.
Rebecca flashes back to when the events all started on the first day of school in Australia. The first anyone knew anything was wrong was when the school shut down on the first day due to health concerns by the government. Next there were a few reports about a small disease outbreak in a refugee centre that the military was handling.
Now Rebecca doesn't think anything is wrong, not even when the country goes into Quarantine, the whole country, and there is a mandatory curfew. She is more concerned that her ex boyfriend has returned and desperately wants to talk.
So like other teenagers her age she goes to a party after curfew with her two friends to forget her problems. But when police bust the party and Rebecca and her two friends are taken into the local station for the night, they aren't ready for what they will discover during the night.
With the country falling to hell around them Rebecca, her two friends, her friends older sister who is a cop, and Rebecca's boyfriend from the military will try to make their way across the country to find a safe-zone.
The dead are not the only enemies the group will run into, they find, as the military is on a war path killing civilians and undead alike. It will take the combined skill of the entire group to find a safe place to survive while waiting for help that may not be coming.

I loved this story so much not just for the zombie aspect but for the original story of being trapped on a large island where no one can leave. The characters are fun and in many ways frustrating in the ways they choose to deal with their situation.
The author did a fabulous job setting the location and the events that would happen in such a situation when so many people were trapped on a large island and cut off from the rest of the world. Even the ending was satisfying enough for me to want to read the next book.
With all of that being said I would rate this book at a 4 out of 5 stars.
Have a great day everyone and happy reading!
- K


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