Summary: The Wild West is hard enough to survive with its native territory, wanted outlaws, and harsh terrain, but with a plague turning civilized people into brain-eating monsters, survival becomes nearly impossible.
Red has lost everything to the fast-spreading disease: her family, her trust in mankind, and her hope for a better tomorrow. When she meets Trace, a smooth-talking gambling man who’s more city boy than cowboy, she’s forced down a path she’d been avoiding for years. Until his arrival, she’d lived by a certain set of rules—don’t ask names, keep to yourself, don’t let anyone too close—but the jackass of a man won’t let her be, and he has an uncanny knack for appearing at all the wrong times and in all the wrong places.
Each, with a secret of their own, will need to learn that only by working together do they have any chance of surviving The Zombie West.
That is, if they don’t kill each other first.
Angela Scott’s Zombie West Omnibus includes the three books in the Zombie West series WANTED: DEAR OR UNDEAD, SURVIVOR ROUNDUP, and DEAD PLAINS.
Genre: YA/Western Romance/Action and Adventure with added zombies for utter mayhem.
In order to become her traveling companion, Trace has to agree to her terms: no names, no questions, and if he gets bit, he can’t beg for mercy when she severs his brain stem. He agrees, knowing only that Red is the sharpest shooter he’s ever encountered. The fact she’s stunning hasn’t escaped his attention either.
What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she is the answer.
When I first read the summary, I was instantly curious. A YA western romance with zombie mayhem? I HAVE to check this out! I’m glad I did, because I loved it.
I love zombies. I love any kind of fiction involving some sort of zombie apocalypse. (Of course, I’m pretty much of a fan of any kind of apocalypse and other awesomely terrifying fictional creatures, like vampires.) I don’t know why, but I think it’s so creative and so much fun to think about.
But one of the problems I see with a lot of zombie fiction is that the survivors or main characters are just the worst survivors ever and make mistake after mistake only to still be alive. (The Walking Dead is a good example.) And in a few zombie shows or movies, the women make me want to pull my hair out. (Lori from the Walking Dead is a great example.) So when I started reading and was introduced to Red, I clapped inside my head. FINALLY! A strong, no bull, shoot ‘em in the head, chick zombie killer. She is an awesome character, just oozing with strength and confidence.
Trace was a great character, too. The perfect kind of man to balance such a wonderful female character. Both characters have interesting chemistry and comical banter, which made this book fun and entertaining. I liked how both of them could hold their own in a zombie fight and neither one was weak or inexperienced or a burden to the other. They made a great team.
Of course, I can’t forget to talk about the zombies. These are real zombies that do everything zombies are supposed to do. There are no discrepancies, which always makes me happy. A huge worry after zombie battles is checking each other out to make sure there are no bites, which everyone remembers to do. Another concern is scratches, which is something some fiction forgets to include, so I am definitely glad the author covered this. The battles were horrific and awesome with many close calls or gross things. The author also did not forget about the smell of zombies, either. The zombies were awesome and the whole premise was believable and very well done.
The summary says, “What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she is the answer.” I suppose that’s probably the best way to put it. There’s a sort of twist in the book that I don’t want to give away. It is extremely clever and I love it. I’ve never seen a plot twist like this in a zombie story, so I think it’s incredibly original and definitely piqued my interest and made me want to keep reading. I really want to gush about it, but it’s much better that you read the book yourself and appreciate the twist.
Overall, this was a very well written story. I could not put it down. It was a refreshing addition to the zombie genre, while also including a wonderful setting and a great hint of romance. I loved all of the characters and thought they were well developed and likeable people. I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of westerns, romance, adventure, horror, or zombie mayhem. The only thing I didn’t like was that it ended! I wanted more. I will definitely read the second book in the series and any other literature by Angela Scott.
With the plague sweeping across the nation, destroying many and turning others into walking corpses, survivors head West in search of a chosen land, a place designed to keep the infected out, while sealing survivors inside. In theory, the idea seems the only way to keep humanity alive. In practice, it doesn’t matter whether a person is on the inside or the out—there is no humanity.
…And even though John Gatherum hunted her down and instigated their reunion, Red’s no longer the passive girl he once manipulated. This time, she has a hidden agenda of her own.
Kill him. Save her family. Save herself.
People aren’t always what they seem, as Red has experienced all too well. Strangers are feared, towns are avoided, and everyone’s intentions are scrutinized… even those of the people closest to her. Her coveted ability has been revealed to far too many people, and now that a tiny heartbeat thumps and grows beneath her own, the risk has never been greater.
As the group of ten searches for a safe haven, a place to finally call home, the sobering reality of it all finally settles over them: nowhere is safe, nothing is permanent, and death is everywhere. One by one, Red’s reluctant posse grows smaller, as death claims some, and circumstance claims others.
It couldn’t be a worse time to bring a newborn into the world… but the baby is coming.
I was shocked by some of the events in the book, but I feel like I can’t really give any details away without ruining some of the events of books one and two. Red and Trace’s story got even more interesting as Dead Plains went on.
I highly recommend the series. The Zombie West series is a horrifying, witty, adventurous, and dramatic story of survival in the Wild West plagued by the zombie apocalypse.
About the Author
Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West–and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.
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