Review: Induction by Shana Festa

Induction by Shana Festa
(Time of Death #1)

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic

When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to
escape the monsters?

In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.

And they’re hungry.

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.
Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.

Time of Death is author Shana Festa's full-length novel debut.
  The zombie books I normally read aren't what you'd expect. They're not the norm for zombies. I've never watched The Walking Dead. Basically, I'm the worst zombie fan in the traditional sense. This is why I was nervous about reading Shana Festa's Induction. I was afraid I was going to be a good audience for it. And I felt a bit intimidated by reading a traditional zombie novel.

  But you know what? All of those worries were unfounded. I found myself lost in the pages of Induction quickly. Shana Festa is such a talented writer that I felt surrounded by her world within a few chapters. I was on the edge of my seat as I read this book. Festa was able to incite a very real feeling of fear when it comes to her take on a zombie apocalypse.

  The inclusion of Daphne, Emma's beloved dog, was such a sweet touch. At times, I doubted Emma. She wasn't the easiest character to like. But her resolve and utter badassness redeemed her. The relationship she had with her dog solidified my like of her. She was rather fearless when it was needed. Her lack of mercy was a refreshing break that I enjoyed because it was absolutely warranted.

  The one thing that always stood out to me was Shana Festa's ability to kill off a character in any way at any time. A lot of readers will enjoy this. It makes for a more edge of the seat, gripping read. But I think this is where reading predominately Young Adult literature has ruined me. I felt like the deaths sometimes overshadowed the rest of the story. The feeling of hope was missing and it stood out to me. But like I said, a lot of readers will enjoy the more realistic aspect.

  Shana Festa definitely has something promising with the Time of Death series. With this debut, she has shown a strong handle of storytelling with a fluid grace. I will definitely be tuning in for the rest of this series. And if you're a zombie fan, you're missing out until you pick up Induction!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.

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