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Generation Z

Narrated by: Brian Callanan
Series: Generation Z, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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It's been twelve years since the undead hordes swept over the earth forcing mankind to the brink of extinction. We now live like rats, scavenging in the ruins of our fallen civilization as the dead hunt us night and day. There is little left to scavenge, however. Grocery stores were emptied ages ago, gas tanks have long been dry and bullets are so precious that a man is lucky to have two to his name. Still, we survive. But for how much longer? Instinct and love have combined to turn Darwin's theory on its head. The strongest didn't survive in this world. They were the first to die, leaving behind a generation of orphans. It's a generation that's never had a full belly. It's a generation that has no idea what an Xbox did, or what algebra is for. It's a generation of children who never laugh out loud, and who have learned to cry softly because the dead are always near and the dead are always so very, very hungry.

©2018 Peter Meredith (P)2018 Peter Meredith

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all good

enjoyable. nothing new but fun. I'm going back to his other books. can't wait for part 2.

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An excellent continuation of Jillybean's story.

I have been following Jillybean's story since she appeared in Book 2 of The Apocalypse saga.

It was so good to touch base with some of the previous characters, meet new characters and see how a completely seperate group of people have survived and also continue on the mental rollercoaster that is Jillybean's life.

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  • Gail Cooke
  • 09-11-2018

It’s all right.

It was...an amusing romp. The narrator was really good. The story was ok. It was a good story to listen to when doing other things.

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  • Claire
  • 14-04-2018

So enjoyable!

I have a tough time taking zombie apocalypse books seriously so I wasn't sure how much I was going to like this, the blurb however sounded interesting so I decided to give it a go. I'm really glad that I did, the book was very entertaining!

The characters are fantastic, Jillybean, Jenn, Mike & Stu are all very different and yet they all ft together really well and they're so easy to like. The supporting cast is also well crafted.

I was impressed by the world building it was vivid and believable and the description of the zombies is really well done. The changes to society are really interesting and detailed.

And if you're looking for action, you'll find a lot of that as well, especially in the second half.

The narration is excellent, I really enjoyed the character voice they were easily recognizable for the different characters and the delivery matched the emotions and activities during the story.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Rochambeaux
  • 21-12-2018

Didn't Realize it Was a YA/"Tween" Title

You see the signs in Book 1 but by the time Book 2 gets going it's pretty obvious this series is targeted at the Tween/YA audience. Pretty much every adult is either a broken down, superstitious fool or a some sort of demented villain.

The relationships between the main characters are sub-juvenile and painfully silly.

The incredible ability of "Jilly Bean" (a super high functioning schizophrenic) is the epitome of the new wave of "Girl Powah!" writing.

Granted this is supposed to be post apocalyptic fiction but it really falls into the YA High Fantasy realm.

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  • Dmitri M Issaev
  • 08-10-2018

Not great.

It's a kids book about zombies, essentially. Basic, cartoony, cute. Not my cup of tea.

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  • Cat
  • 26-08-2019

Really disappointed

I love dystopian books and this book had such great reviews so I was really disappointed after (and almost the whole time during) reading it. It was super slow until the end. I also noticed parts that seemed to be taken from other great dystopian books (a strong female who's good with a crossbow, using walkers - I mean zombies - as protection while traveling, etc. a female who has psychological problems) which made it feel like a poor rip off. I was really looking forward to the supernatural aspect since there was a 'Coven' involved but it was really lame. Plus, it was laughable how after several years everyone was pretty much ignorant with no memory of technically while another group was technologically advanced. I thought it was pretty bad but I kept hoping it would get better since this is a series. It wasn't so terrible that I didn't finish it (since I did pay for it as one of the daily deals) but there's no way I'm reading any other books in the series and I definitely wouldn't listen to it again.

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  • OkImListening
  • 24-08-2019

My disbelief is suspended not zombiefied

I have been noticing this selection for quite some time. The reviews were mixed and I don't trust the "stars" on any book. I passed on it continually, until it became available at a reduced price. I'm currently about a third way through this story. The book has made me curious about the author. There are so many problems with the storyline that I was convinced that it was written by a talented teen-ager. I thought, at first, to break my own pattern and address the writer in my review, instead of potential readers. Thoughts of how to gentle my overall tone were passing through my mind. Then, I googled him and realized he's well beyond middle school. Regardless, this is probably the most thoughtful review I've ever written. It's important (to me) that I be fair. I find myself taking a lot of time to choose my words, but it's not about hurting a young writer’s feelings anymore. Now, I hope that anyone attempting this genre will consider what I am planning to convey. It’s not that I know everything, but I know quite a bit. Books have been my life and I WANT more writers to share their stories with me, not fewer. And, if I can help at all, I want those stories to be well-done.
I believe that when an author takes on any scenario, there is an unspoken agreement with me, the reader. The writer asks, “Will you enter my imaginary world and suspend your disbelief?” and I answer, “Yes, but if you break rules, then you must provide a plausible explanation.” Often, it’s a terrific bargain. I have been transported, captivated and terrified because of this implied contract. Unfortunately, I’m not experiencing any of that with “Generation Z”.
Science Fiction and Fantasy writers are the bravest in the industry, in my opinion. They walk onto a cliff of illusion and build a bridge out of supposition. The story must bear the weight of these possibilities to get us to the other side; an acceptable conclusion.
In general, and according to my point of view, remember this:

Your character is performing a certain task. Will anything in this story cause the reader to question whether that could/would happen? If the answer is yes, then address that right away, or soon after.
You build a world with rules. Don’t violate them unnecessarily; never disregard your own concepts without a purpose. Your story will collapse because you have now asked me to stomp my disbelief to death. I just can’t go there.
Your world is populated with people I want to get to know. And, believe me on this, I plan to concentrate on them very closely. Things like, internal and external dialogue; behavior; decisions (including minor choices); and their reactions to these constructs will ALL matter to me. Please, don’t have a character behave in a way that is contrary to the personality you have created. Or, if you must make a person react in a way which would appear “out of character”, then do so in a way that doesn’t violate my sense of that “character”.
And finally, remember that, unless you are building a whole new world, there are hard and fast rules in THIS world. If you use the Earth as a starting point, then be consistent. Do some research. Facts and reality are not going to damage the fantastical and whimsical nature of a novel. Trust me on this. I have observed that the best falsehoods contain an element of truth. In life, this is a pity but in books this is the key to telling a brilliant story. Again, in my humble opinion.
Now to be specific: (This is where I give the warning about spoilers.)
Jen has, basically, been on her own since she was a six-year-old orphan. For twelve years she has been a “bad luck”, peripheral member of a group of zombie apocalypse survivors. Remember, in this world she has been ostracized and barely included. Mr. Meredith goes to great lengths to emphasize the degree in which the overall population excludes Jen. Despite her history, Jen is knowledgeable and has skills that are barely plausible in this scenario. How did she learn to shoot a cross-bow; build a fire; grow a garden; and bake a cobbler? How did she learn anything? Six-year-old children can be precocious. I agree. Unfortunately, nothing in the storyline brings me to the conclusion that this character is any sort of autodidact.
Next, there is a group of survivors on Alcatraz and an off-shoot of that group on the mainland. In one scene Mr. Meredith has a zombie ripping a car apart. The, I hesitate to use the term “zombies” (I’ll address that presently), have immense strength. And yet, the second group have defenses that don’t help me to believe their fortification could withstand even one encounter with a zombie. It’s described as plywood. Really? Their enclave is surrounded by spears and the plot suggests its’ true purpose is to repel raiders. What? Are the powerful zombies content to sniff at the plywood and walk away? And how did they get to the fence to begin with? Considering all those spears, why are there no zombie bodies surrounding the compound?
Next, consider the world and the rules it contains. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, gasoline wouldn’t even be a pleasant fantasy. Gasoline would not exist. Unless I heard that portion of the story wrong, one of the people was imagining the traders having gasoline. Nope. Writers of dystopian books shouldn’t go there in a sleeping dream, much less a daydream. Ammunition, on the other hand, probably wouldn’t be as scarce as Mr. Meredith supposes. Lots of gun-owners reload. More often than not, a person who shoots with any regularity will know how to operate a reloader. Again, what is possible? and what is likely? Answering these questions before the reader poses them is crucial.
I get it, a lot of the characters were either very young or not yet born when the world came to an end 12 years prior. The plot problem for me is that there are many adults still present in the population Mr. Meredith created. The characters are painfully ignorant and ridiculously superstitious. Did the author forget that books and libraries exist in the world? I was grinding my teeth over some of these people.
And lastly, the zombies. Truthfully, I’m not sure why this book has zombies that are better, bigger, stronger and faster than other zombie books. Most of the time they conjured thoughts of mutants in my mind. At this point, (again, I’m not finished with this book) I have no idea why this writer has chosen to populate this world with zombies that defy every other notion of what a “zombie” would be.
I plan to finish this audiobook. I don’t plan to finish the series.

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  • John
  • 12-08-2018

Not bad

Not a bad zombie story. Somewhat interesting characters that grew with experience. Needs some back stories to explain a few things.

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  • Jennifer Rozanski
  • 14-06-2019

Keeps me guessing!

I’m a fan of zombie books in general, but this series has blown me away so far! I bought the first book about a month ago and just finished the third. The story is original and keeps me on my toes. Just when I think I have JillyBean figured out, I’m shown how wrong I am. The narrator is awesome, too. It’s so easy to know who is saying what because his characters are so easily recognizable.

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  • JMB
  • 31-10-2019

I thought it was very slow

I dunno. Maybe I was expecting more, maybe it was the fact that I was doing menial tasks, like mowing my lawn and washing dishes, while listening to this, but it never really kept my interest.

There were parts that were really interesting and I think the third act of the book was the best, but it felt like it took forever to get there. I think when the book really took off was when the newer characters where introduced in the third act (I hate spoilers so I don't like to reveal to much for those who hate them too).

It says Book 1, if that's true, I didn't look. This would be the first book in any series that didn't have my interest enough to go on and see what happens.

PS-I always listen to audio books when doing menial tasks so I don't think that is a good excuse for a slow and kinda boring 2/3 of a book.

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  • M. Zalewski
  • 26-09-2019

Lots of Potential

I struggled to finish this. It started out with so much potential. There was a slightly different take on the zombies which was interesting and in the begining the world building was well done. A few casually sexist lines did rub me the wrong way but I was able to forgive it because it was supposed to be a teenage boy's point of view. (The female protagonists later apologize for being too smart and not smart enough and shows that women can never win, even in the apocalypse.)
They introduced a character with mental illness who was unrealistically portrayed near the end of the book. This made it really difficult for me to engage in the story as I kept cringing, "That's not how that works!" It could have been an analogy for the different people we have to be and finding an identify, excellent YA themes, but it was executed very poorly and came across as a cheap plot device.
A few more edits could have probably saved this book, but as it stands I don't understand how it became a series.
The narrator was competent and had nice pacing, but could have had more fun with the different personalities, which kind of blended together & made it even harder to engage in the lives of the characters. (It's possible for male narrators to voice female characters well, but in this particular piece a female narrator may have been a better choice, especially toward the end of the book with so many different women's lines requiring nuance but distinction.)
This was ok for a casual listen in the background, although the last 2 hours were a challenge. I definitely would not recommend it to young adults due to the aforementioned issues.

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  • Tommyboy
  • 26-04-2018

Peter Meredith Always Delivers!

It is great to see Jillybean and Neil back in the fray. Peter Meredith paints a chilling portrait of a dying world, pierced by moments that make you smile and laugh and hope.

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  • Roy
  • 30-08-2019

Good story,great performance of the narrator.

Im going to buy part 2.English is my second language but I could understand everything becouse the narrator is realy good.

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