Mini Read Review: The Dead Survive by Lori Whitman


Mini-Read Review is a feature created here on In Libris Veritas in order to showcase the reviews for short stories and novellas which so often get overlooked.


TheDeadSurviveSource: Purchased
Limitless Publishing LLC
 The Dead Survive #1
eBook, 115 pages
Post-Apocalyptic Horror
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3.5/5

It should be easy to tell who the monsters are in the middle of a global zombie pandemic…

The blank-eyed swarms of animated corpses who want to gnaw on your flesh. Well those are the obvious choice, of course.

In reality, though, it’s not always that simple.

In the early days of the global zombie pandemic, Ellen Hale learned a brutal lesson. While trying to survive the hordes of zombies, Ellen was abducted by a band of marauders and subjected to abuse almost beyond her ability to endure.

She is broken both mentally, and physically, and fears she is on the verge of becoming a monster herself…

Until she is rescued by a growing band of survivors and given a second chance.

Ellen is taken to “The Compound”. Where she meets ex-convict, Quinn.

He’s everything she’d ever been taught to fear, but his presence is the only thing that makes her feel safe.

Will she be able to look past his rough exterior and learn to trust him? Or will the memory of the men who subjected her to such sadistic horrors ruin her chance at a new life?

The Dead Survive is a quick little snippet of a story about a girl named Ellen, who goes from being a quiet librarian in training to being a prisoner at the mercy of men striving to be on top in the world now filled with zombies.

The plot itself moves quickly and has several rather large time jumps, and while I really did enjoy the overall story and quickly it moved. I do wish that some instances were slowed down some so that we could get to know all the players a bit more. I like Ellen though. She goes through some pretty awful crap and struggles to pull through it on her own, and I liked that she eventually found strength in herself thanks to the help of others.

I really like the writing style as well, and the way the way each character was fleshed out. It definitely makes me want to get the second one at some point and see how Ellen’s life is going after the the events of the last chapter. I will say that the beginning is definitely on the graphic side, though none of the actual rape is documented but it is alluded to and for some that might be enough to avoid it.

Overall it’s a great quick story that really left me wanting more.

3.5 stars

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