4 out of 4 stars
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Last Another Day is a modern-day post-apocalyptic/horror novel written by Baileigh Higgins and published in September 2016. As the first novel of the Dangerous Days series, the story is written from the perspective of several main characters in South Africa, alternating by chapters. At 348 Kindle edition pages, the story is the perfect length for diving into the story line and forming an attachment to the well-developed characters.
Each character has an individual narrative for where they were and what they were doing when catastrophe struck and lives were forever altered. Once the virus inhibiting the dead surfaced to light and caused the dead to rise again, no one is safe and danger is always around every corner. As with most post-apocalyptic novels, once a zombie plague spreads, society begins to fail fast, leaving no means of the lives that everyone was used to. The pace of the story is well-rounded and even, allowing full indulgence in the action.
Although there are numerous memorable characters throughout this story, there are a few main characters that stand out the most and deserve mentioning. Morgan escapes with only seconds to spare as her husband's infected body craves her intestines. Desperate to locate what possibly remains of her family, she pulls strength she didn't know she had and leaves the life she built. Her brother, Max, is traveling home from the army to check on his family when he meets Logan, who is also traveling to his hometown to check for surviving family members. The two form a friendship despite their differences with a mutual agreement to do what is necessary to survive. The determination that shines through these characters even during the most troubling and dangerous times is unmistakable as they work to form a new life, even with only the most diminutive glimmer of hope.
I've read many post-apocalyptic novels, specifically those involving zombies, but I can easily say that Last Another Day has one of the most well-formed story lines that I have encountered. Author Baileigh Higgins spares no feelings when it comes to her characters, and just when I began to form attachments, a wrench was thrown, causing chaos in my mind. My frustration continued to build while reading, but only because I felt like I had become one with the story and could feel the bonds I was forming being snatched away. I only paused my reading to put my thoughts regarding the first book from the series into writing and plan to immediately continue with the rest of the series.
The editing for Last Another Day was exceptionally well-done, as I found no spelling or grammatical errors while reading. As can be expected with most stories involving a zombie outbreak, there are multiple gruesome scenes and some explicit language used that I would only recommend for mature readers and those with a solid enough stomach to handle the well-painted pictures the author presents. I'm exceptionally pleased to rate Last Another Day 4 out of 4 stars and am looking forward to finishing the rest of the series. Baileigh Higgins possesses an excellent writing ability that I would be happy to share with other readers who are looking for an all-consuming read, with a little bit of exposed human intestines, of course!
Last Another Day
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