Twenty years ago, a deadly virus swept the globe, ravaging the population. People died and came back as monsters, and through the tragedy that rocked the world, survivors were born. Megan James is the product of survivors. Her parents crossed hundreds of miles of dangerous countryside to reach Atlanta and the promise of a real future.
Now, two decades later, Meg is facing a crisis of her own. Her father has vanished and is presumed dead, and her mom is teetering on the edge of insanity, but all Meg really wants is to return to the safe world she always thought she was living in. Only Atlanta isn’t everything her parents thought it would be. The slums have grown and corruption is rampant, and despite the promise of democracy, the new government has been slow to change. Through it all, the only consistency seems to be the zombies. Decayed and barely more than skeletons, there is no reason they should still be moving. But they are.
Facing the harsh world alone, Meg gets a job in the entertainment district of Atlanta where she meets convict fighter Donaghy. Angry at the world and his circumstances, all the fighter really wants is to be left alone. But when he gets swept up in Meg’s problems, he finds it impossible to turn his back on her.
When a mysterious note resurrects old rumors about what the CDC is really doing, Meg can’t help wondering if her father might have met the same fate that her uncle did 20 years earlier. With the help of Donaghy, she will search for the truth among the darkness that has settled over Atlanta, where they’ll soon discover that the mutated virus has brought forth creatures nobody could have imagined, and the evil intentions of the men in charge are much more sinister than anyone ever thought possible, making the future look harsher than ever before.
Shan MC –
Loved the premise! The writing was great, and the whole story was entertaining and interesting.
I listened to the audio, and the narrator did an amazing job. I’d recommend the listening experience if you have the chance. She has a strong smooth voice. This book has 2 POV’s; one female and one male, she did a good job with both. This is the first book I’ve read by Kate L. Mary, and it won’t be my last.
I loved the dystopian world, and I love zombies! I actually would’ve loved more zombie action. Twisted World mainly shows how people can be the true danger in a zombie apocalypse. Meg’s life has taken a turn for the worse. Her father is missing and presumed dead, her mother is acting crazy, and there’s tons of secrets she is unaware of. There’s people in Meg’s life that can’t be trusted, and she finds herself in a very dangerous situation as she digs for the truth. I liked Meg, but she can definitely be frustrating. She’s they type that needs things spelled out for her, and even then she doesn’t get it at times. She’s bad at reading people; she’s not observant, and she overreacts. I figured since she’s 20 years old, and there have always been zombies since she was born, that she would’ve been a little more tough. She should’ve had self-defense training, but it seems that she grew up in a bubble of sorts. She should’ve put things together a lot quicker than she did. She does have her moments though, so I still liked her. There is a bit of romance, which I loved. Donaghy is great, and I loved the fighter angle. I enjoyed the connection between Meg and Him. I found the whole story very engaging, and I wanted to keep listening. This does have a cliffhanger ending, and it looks like the next book is a different POV and sort of a prequel, so I’m a little disappointed with that. It looks like it’s back to Meg’s POV after that though, so I look forward to getting the rest of Meg’s story. Wonderfully entertaining story!
Mia Harper –
A community living in fear, a corrupt government, Meg begins to realise that all is not as it seems in her world after her father disappears and she has to shoulder the responsibility for her family. I really liked Meg, and her persistance to uncover the conspiacies and lies. I can’t wait to start the next book, this is a series I want to follow!
Mark Kelso –
Kept me on the edge of my seat. I love these books. The narration was awesome
Here we have a post-apocalyptic tale twenty years after the height of the zombie virus. Zombies still exist, but they are few in numbers. Some are used for entertainment similar to the Roman coliseum. The cities are an urban ghetto; the people live in filth, dying of disease and starvation, while the few rich still live in mansions. Seems we always revert to a Mad Max mentality when the SHTF. Even with so little resources and industry the elite still play their political games; this is one such story. In this twisted world who your daddy is still matters; nepotism reigns supreme. The people are ruled by food and the population controlled by releasing a virus every few years. We follow our protagonist, Megan James, a young woman of twenty as she lives and develops in this twisted world. She has connections in the hierarchy of this new world; she is the niece of a ranking officer in the city Enforcers and a close friend of the Governor’s son. Her Uncle, Angus was one of the first immune survivors in Atlanta from which a vaccine was derived. Her father, Axel was also of the elite, but has recently mysteriously disappeared, so that connection is in jeopardy. Megan has been reduced to basically looking for a job to earn enough money to support her current station. Once Megan’s true name is known the hostility towards the elite is directed at her. Megan is a good and decent person, but she is in a dubious position due to no fault of her own. A budding friendship with the top “gladiator” commands much attention in the story. This first volume lays a lot of groundwork for the series, so it may seem a bit long-winded at times. You may be rewarded for your persistence. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
Carole Wooten –
I had a great time with this audiobook. I recently read six of the seven books in Kate L. Mary’s Broken World series and really enjoyed myself. When I saw that there was another series set in the same world, I knew that I needed to read those books. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop and ended up finishing the book in just a couple of days which is pretty fast for me with a book this length. It is safe to say that I enjoyed this book.
As I mentioned, this book is set in the same world as the Broken World series. I was happily surprised to find that many of the characters that I had grown to love in the first series were back in this book, just twenty years older. I think that readers could start with this book without any issues but readers of the earlier series will have some additional background information that could be helpful.
This book is partially told from Megan’s point of view. Megan is Axl and Vivian’s daughter and it was really nice to get to see her all grown up and navigating the world as competently as her parents had done in the previous series. Megan’s father is missing and her mother isn’t dealing with things very well so it is up to Megan to keep things together. She gets a couple of jobs in order to keep the bills paid. One of her jobs is in the entertainment district where she meets a convict fighter named Donaghy. It quickly becomes evident that there is more going on than Megan originally realized. I really liked both Megan and Donaghy’s characters and I thought that they made a wonderful pair.
I liked the mystery in this book. The zombies have changed and it seems that there may be a whole mystery around those changes. The CDC was the organization that saved the world from the zombies but it seems they may be involved in a whole lot more. There were a few characters that I spent a lot of time trying to work out their true identities. There was a lot of action in this story to keep things very interesting.
Heather Firth did a great job with the narration of this book. I thought that she did a fantastic job with both the female and male points of view in this story. Her reading helped to bring this story to life by adding a lot of emotion to it. Her pacing was very well done and I found her voice to be very pleasant to listen to for hours at a time.
I would recommend this book to others. I think that this is a very well done story set in an interesting world. I thought that this book had a wonderful combination of action, mystery, and great characters. I cannot wait to start reading the rest of the series.
I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.