By Rhiannon Frater
Having read the first book of the Living Dead Boy series in two days, unable to put it down, I expected big things from book two and big things is what I got.
The first page puts you on the edge of your seat and the rest of the book keeps you there. Josh Rondell maybe young but he knows how to handle the undead, in the first book he went from pretending to fight the undead to trying to save his family and friends from the reality of a zombie apocalypse. He dealt with issues that no child should have to face, he fought monsters that wore the faces of people he loved and dragged his friends along with him in the search for safety.
In this book, he is at last safe, with his father and his surviving friends, baby brother Drake and the love of his young life, Corina, on their way out of the danger zone in a school bus. The bus is in a convoy, surround by the military, law enforcement and anyone else who can hold a gun. They are safe, well, almost.
No matter the genre she writes in, Rhiannon Frater’s novels are always original and full of the unanticipated. She has stuck to that winning formula with Lost in Texas. There are more twists and turns than a country road, so action packed and fast paced you have to read it fast if you want to keep up. Rhiannon captures the personalities of each of her characters so flawlessly, from a traumatized 3-year-old who has seen his big brother kill his mother, to a panic-stricken college student so desperate to escape the dead she puts everyone in danger.
I was originally put off by the fact that the main protagonist was a child, but once I got into I relieved that Josh is one of those characters that eclipses age, clever, resourceful and strong, he could be any age. He is certainly someone I would want on my team when the zombies come.
If you like your reading with an edge of fear, this is definitely the book for you. Not a child’s book even though it has a child protagonist , but I would recommend for readers over the age of 12 years, it is also good for an adult looking for a different view of the zombie apocalypse. Every book I have ever read in this genre has been written from an adults or teenagers prospective so this series is a refreshing change.