Title: Jay's Story
Series: Dead Aware (Prequel)
Author: Eleanor Merry
Genre: Sci-Fi, Zombie,
Release Date:(Out Now via Authors Newsletter)
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This is a Dead Aware prequel and is about Jay in the tie after FIRE hit and before he met up with Max in the hotel room. Is great to read as a prequel but can be read at any time during the series.
After reading A Zombie Journey and adoring the character of Jay I immediately wanted to read more about him and his back story up until where Jay meets Max in the hotel room.
The cover fits well with the rest of the series covers and it could easily be a scene from within the novella. The genre’s I have seen listed for this series are Sci-Fi, Zombie Fiction and Horror. If you are not sure about reading because of the “horror” label, don’t let it put you off, its not overly gory, it is all well in context with the plot and story.
The book begins with Jay in his own home with his parents. To be honest as his father is a bit of a prepper you would think as a family all they needed to do was lay low and use some of their provisions until the virus goes away and its safe to go out again. Sure, maybe they would have to fortify the house a bit from the zombie herd outside but they should have been safe enough. However, they are not okay and destined to just wait the virus out when the virus attacks their family. This book tells you the horrors the teenaged Jay goes through, the awful sights he sees when devastated he blindly runs from his home.
The writing style makes it really easy and quick to read. What more can I say, I enjoyed it and answered my questions of what happened to Jay before he met Max. There are some very poignant, heart tugging parts in the book and to be honest it felt a bit weird reading this novella with the current situation with corona virus all around the world.
To sum up I definitely recommend reading this series. Yes, there are flesh eating, mindless zombies but there are also “Dead Aware” zombies. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and by this author too.