Review: 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes

August 26, 2013 Review 2

Review: 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes

A Journey Through Dante's Inferno with a Shambling Twist...

The world ended on a Thursday.

In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering monsters with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government, no shelter.

Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch’s military experience and Cash’s determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead… or the living.

This is the beginning after the end.

(100 Days in Deadland is a modern remake of Dante's Inferno, the classic tale on the horrors of hell... zombie apocalypse style!)

Title: 100 Days in Deadland
Author: Rachel Aukes
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Deadland’s Harvest
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: July 23, 2013
Genres: Horror
Pages: 450
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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When I saw the cover for 100 Days in Deadland and learned that it was a trip through Dante’s Inferno with a zombie twist, I knew I had to read this book by Rachel Aukes. Using first person voice, Aukes pulls the reader into this journey through the eyes of Mia Ryan, aka Cash.

Cash just manages to escape her office with a coworker when the zombie apocalypse occurs. But on the highway, zombies, referred to as zebs, attack their escape vehicle. A miracle occurs and Cash finds herself in a truck with Clutch, a hardened Army Ranger who has no intentions of letting Cash stay with him since he sees her more as a hindrance than help. Determined to prove Clutch wrong, Cash finds the strength to become a survivor and not a victim of circumstance, which I just loved about her. Cash is willing to do whatever it takes to live in this strange new world. I also loved Clutch. Even though he’s gruff, his military experience is ideal for a survival situation. I especially enjoyed the scene in which Clutch teaches Cash fighting techniques.

Aukes has a graceful and vivid writing style and masterfully writes snappy dialogue that draws you further into this story. The zeb fighting scenes are so well crafted and pulse pounding that you feel like you are fighting along side of Cash and Clutch. A thought-provoking story, 100 Days in Deadland is a one woman’s journey through hell that should not be missed.

Stacey Kennedy

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