I am absolutely terrible at watching any kind of horror film, I’m the one person who screams even at the really obvious jumpy scenes. I’ve been told off for my screaming, because my screams make my friends scream and curse (they still love me though). I’m also the type of person who won’t sleep for a week after watching said horror film, and if i do sleep, I’ll definitely have nightmares. Anyhow, this doesn’t stop me from watching The Walking Dead (I love it) or from reading Zombie books.
If you’re a UK resident and a fan of the Walking Dead like I am, then you’re going to love Ryan Casey’s Dead Days.
****The Following Section May Contain Spoilers****
Set in the UK and starting in Preston with Dead Days Season One, the story follows the life of Riley Jameson, an average guy who is a little rough around the edges but he is just hoping to keep his job. He definitely doesn’t have the time to watch the news, or keep up to speed on the so called riots that have been occurring up and down the country over the last couple of days. That is, until all hell breaks loose around him.
Riley and his flatmate Ted in a shaun-of-the-dead fashion, break out from their high rise flat and go to rescue Riley’s Grandma. However, when they arrive all the old-folk have already turned. Whilst escaping the zombie horde of pensioners, Ted is injured and they are forced to stop for medical supplies. Here they meet Anna and Stan, along with Stan’s wife Jill, Claudia and her two daughters, and a young man called Trevor.
In order to prove themselves to this new group, Riley has to do a run to the local supermarket ASDA, where once again all hell breaks loose. On their return to their little safe haven (a Chinese restaurant) Stan’s wife is mysteriously killed and the distraught Stan goes AWOL. Riley ventures out to find Stan and returns once more to chaos.
The Chinese Restaurant is no longer safe, and the remaining members of the group flee before being rescued by two army guys, Ivan and Pedro. They are taken to some Army Barracks and life seems almost bearable for a little while. However, Riley discovers a dark secret and Anna admits to her suspicions about the ‘Zombie Infection’. The rapidly shrinking group narrowly escape death again, and at the end of Season One, decide to take a narrowboat from Preston Docks and up the coast towards the Lake District.
In Season Two, it has been a month since the outbreak and the group’s narrowboat is hit by mother nature, splitting the group into two. I will call them Group A and Group B to avoid giving too much away. Group A end up being rescued by Rodrigo, the leader of a well fortified caravan site called Heathwaite’s Caravan Park. Group B are taken in by Rodrigo’s nemesis, Mike at the Draca Hotel in Morecambe.
Group A are given a tour of the too good to be true Caravan Park and then sent on a mission outside the gates. Whilst on this mission they uncover a sinister threat, specifically aimed at Rodrigo. Rodrigo tells Group A that the threat comes from a man named Mike, a man who was kicked out of the caravan park for being a loose cannon.
Group B are taken hostage by two strange men and then introduced to Mike. They go on a supply run where they stumble upon a horrific discovery. Mike tells Group B about Rodrigo and convinces them that he is the threat. Later, the hotel becomes overrun by zombies and Mike is convinced it is Rodrigo’s doing. Group B agree to help Mike to strike back at Rodrigo and the caravan park.
As the days draw nearer to Christmas, another threat is delivered to the caravan park along with a horde of zombies. Group A end up on another mission which turns sour. On their return to the caravan park, they find that the campers have captured some of Mike’s people and are reunited with Group B.
Group A try to reason with Rodrigo and try to free Group B, however the rescue attempt does not go to plan. Mike turns up at the gates to the caravan park with a zombie horde behind him. All hell breaks loose and some members of the group die. The survivors are split up in the chaos and left to fend for themselves. At the end of Season Two, one member finds Rodrigo’s secret contingency plan and another member stumbles across a group that may be able to save them all. Who knows? You will have to find out what happens in Season Three.
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Fantastically written and deadly addictive. Dead Day’s is a fast paced thriller that will make you hold your breath and cross your fingers and toes for these unlucky survivors. I loved all the characters but don’t become too attached, no one is safe.
It is refreshing to see a zombie story set in the UK and Casey makes good use out of everyday items as weapons, since guns are not abundant in the UK. It is incredibly realistic, which brings the story to life in a thrilling and frightening way.
Ryan Casey’s characters are very believable you would expect to pass them on the streets today, and it was nice to see different and such obviously British personalities shining through. My favorite character has to be Chloe, a young girl who becomes oddly detached and a little barbaric, I’m not sure what that says about me considering she is my favorite. Riley follows closely behind and as much as he’s a complete lads lad and usually the type of guy I would stay away from in reality, there is something quite likable about him. The rest of the group, Anna, Claudia and Pedro are all likable characters too but they didn’t stand out to me as much as Chloe and Riley did. However, the characters are complex, even the minor characters have fully fleshed out personalities and often, emotional backstories.
Ryan Casey writes Dead Day’s with humor, there is a definite Shaun-of-the-dead vibe throughout Season One and Two. As much as the concept is terrifying, there are some humorous moments and banter between the characters. I laughed at the part where two characters had to lift a Smart-car in order to clear a blockage and how Claudia longs for a cup of tea, very British. There is plenty of cheesy sarcasm mixed in with all the blood, guts and gore.
There is a ‘Walking Dead’ vibe too with the more sinister aspects of the story line. I would definitely be more afraid of the living than the zombies. It is sort of what you would expect with no law and order, only the lucky and the strongest would survive in the zombie apocalypse and let’s face it, they’re unlikely to be nice or moral characters. There were moment’s when my stomach was flipping over at some of the scenarios and situations Riley’s group landed in.
The story is fast paced, maybe a little too fast paced to be believable for some readers, but I couldn’t put the book down. The pages kept turning and before I knew it I had finished Season One and had moved onto Season Two. I have Season Three waiting for me already. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive for this series and quite rightly so. I’d recommend this series to older teens and up, this is a series that can be enjoyed by adults and young adults. The kindle edition of Season One is free, so why don’t you find out for yourself what all the hype is about? I doubt you will regret it!
From The Current Reviews:
The Good: ‘Fantastic read’, ‘fast-paced horrors’, ‘the characters have flaws’, ‘the character depth we hope for in a book plus a roller coaster ride of survival in a Zombie apocalypse‘, ‘I love the relationship between the two characters, Riley and Ted as its a bit like the relationship between Ed and Shaun in Shaun of the Dead‘, ‘Only took me an hour or so to read it and immediately bought the whole set‘, ‘ It’s been a really good and enjoyable read and for a change set in Britain!!‘, ‘Fantastic Zombie apocalypse action‘, ‘Just started Season Two and finding it hard to put down‘, ‘Gripping story line’, ‘Full of action’, ‘Lots of twists and turns’, ‘Outstanding’, ‘The ongoing story of Riley and his little bunch of survivors is continuing to be a real page turner’, ‘Awesome’, ‘A great book with no real happy endings which is what you would expect in the dead days!’, ‘Shocking and nail-biting’, ‘Simply amazing! I’m a fan! I love the character Riley‘, ‘At times I was holding my breath because I was afraid what was going to happen‘, ‘Very realistic and easy to follow‘, ‘The story just flows onwards and you never quite know what is going to happen next, or how the characters are going to escape the next disaster that befalls them‘, ‘The tale continues at a good clip! We are introduced to new characters and locations, for a while it seems that they found a nice reprieve from the monsters until mother nature decided to sink their boat!‘.
The Bad: ‘I found some of latter sections rather far fetched’, ‘Fun reading, well written, just needs to stray away from the mediocre pack’, ‘I got distracted reading this book. I only gave it 3 stars, just because it took me awhile to finish. I can’t say the content was just “ok”, but that’s how I feel now that I’ve finally finished‘.
The Darn Right Ugly: ‘Zombie genre but there’s better out there’, ‘its set in the uk which is refreshing however there are so many parallels with walking dead that it is getting ridiculous’.
The Unicorns: ‘Unputdownable and completely gripping‘, ‘Ryan Casey books always grip my imagination‘, ‘each chapter makes it harder to put the book down‘, ‘A true rollercoaster read that leaves me wanting more and more! Highest recommendation for true writing genius!‘, ‘Couldn’t put it down ….please hurry up and release the next series 🙂‘, ‘If you’re interested in a close to the edge, always wondering what’s going to happen next type of book then this is a must read!!‘, ‘One of the best written zombie fiction books i have read to date!‘, ‘Amazing! I literally read every book in a 30-40 minute spree, i then proceeded to re-read them. These are undoubtedly some of the best written zombie books of all time.‘
This Book Has Been Compared/Likened To:
Film: Shaun of the Dead, American TV Series: The Walking Dead.
Amazon Kindle Rating:
Dead Days Season One (4.5 Stars).
Dead Days Season Two (4.9 Stars).
Dead Days Season One (4.03 Stars).
Dead Days Season Two (4.42 Stars).
Release date: Season One 1st Jan 2013, Season Two 23rd Apr 2014.
Pages: Season One 442, Season Two 356.
Age Range: 15+
Contains: Explicit violence and sexual references that some readers may find distressing.
Genre: Apocalyptic horror and thriller.
About The Book(s):
Dead Days: The Complete Season One.
How would you survive the Dead Days?
Riley Jameson is a regular guy. A little hard-of-luck and going through a rough time at work, but nothing he can’t handle.
That was until the creatures rose. The dead started walking. Feasting on human flesh, their hunger insatiable. The police are gone. The government has collapsed. The world as Riley knew it has changed, forever.
In this new, terrifying world, Riley is forced to think quick and act fast in order to survive. His morals will be pushed to the very limit, forcing the question: can humanity survive the onslaught of the dead, not only on the outside but on the inside?
There will be blood. There will be tears. In the Dead Days, nobody is safe.
With fast-paced zombie action and gripping scenarios, Dead Days is a truly unmissable slice of serial fiction. Download the complete first season now and catch up on Riley and Ted’s journey through a harsh and terrifying world…
Dead Days: The Complete Season Two
THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SERIES, DEAD DAYS, CONTINUES WITH SEASON TWO.
In October 2013, a chaotic infection spread across Britain, turning the majority of the population into bloodthirsty zombies.
The weak fell. Many of the strong fell, too. The only survivors were those willing to sink to the most brutal depths of humanity in order to further their own existence.
Dead Days is the story of a group of those survivors.
Season Two of the thrilling, nail-biting series picks up right where Season One left off. After a chaotic escape from their home town, Riley and the group adjust to a new life on a narrowboat, in search of a safe place to spend the impending winter. The boat is safe. The group are closer than ever before. For the first time in weeks, hope and optimism is strong.
But not for long.
A devastating accident strikes.
The group are shattered, wounded and disoriented.
And there is something other than the creatures looming on the horizon. Something more dangerous…
Morals are challenged.
New depths are plummeted to.
And harrowing twists lurk around every corner…
There will be blood. There will be tears. In the Dead Days, nobody is safe.
With fast-paced zombie action and gripping character scenarios, Dead Days is a truly unmissable slice of serial fiction. Download the complete second season now and continue Riley’s journey through a harsh and terrifying world…
Where to Buy?
Dead Days Season One Amazon: Kindle Ed, Free. Paperback £9.99.
Dead Days Season Two Amazon: Kindle Ed, £2.99.
Casey lives in the United Kingdom. He has a BA degree in English with Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham, and has been writing stories for as long as he can remember. In his spare time, he enjoys American serial television, is a slave to Pitchfork’s Best New Music section, and wastes far too much of his life playing Football Manager games.
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing and will potentially change in the future.