Read Along: The First Day by Rhiannon Frater – Week Three
Chapters 8 – 11
This week we got to meet two new characters (Travis and Juan) and get their pov’s (point of views) on events taking place in the book. Honestly at this point I’m not sure how I feel about having another two pov’s to deal with. Part of me is curious to see what Travis and Juan perspectives will bring to the story, but another part of me kind of wants to just keep the focus fully on Katie and Jenni. I guess we’ll see how things go as we journey in to next week’s reading. ~shrugs~
Apart from that, I can say that I do like Travis. Though he may not think so, he’s definitely the real brains and leader of the entire group of survivors. Not entirely sure what to make of his instant attraction to Katie though. Anyways, he seems like a sweet guy who knows when to push something just enough to get the results that he wants. Not a bad talent to have in this zombie riddled world he’s in. As for Juan, I’m going to need to read more about him before I fully commit to saying if I like him or not. He seems okay, but he’s automatic labeling of Jenni as “Loca” doesn’t sit well with me. Okay, yes I will concede that Jenni has pretty much proven she’s not all there mentally…but given everything she’s gone through, I can’t entirely blame her for being a bit insane at present. The question could be raised as to whether she’s really got a mental problem, but again, I’m going to reserve judgement until I have had the chance to read a bit more and see what she does in the next few chapters.
That being said, I did get a chuckle out of her desire to shoot the woman zombie while she was keeping watch of the perimeter with Travis. Maybe it is a bit sick, but I can understand where she is coming from during this scene. I also loved Frater’s reference to the Zombie Survival Handbook! Honestly, if you’ve not yet had a chance to check this book out, it’s well worth doing so. Heehee
So this week’s reading was good. Plenty of action, some definite humor, and the inklings of budding romance. Can’t wait to see what next week’s reading has in store for everyone.
Last week Danielle and I shared our Top Ten Favorite Zombie Books/Movies/TV Shows. This week, Danielle had the idea of sharing our Top Ten Tips on How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. So here are my tips for your consideration/enjoyment…and yes, I did take a couple from my favorite zombie movie, Zombieland:
Top Ten Tips On Zombie Survival:
1. Always Double Tap – Whether you use a gun or a blade or some other form of weaponry, always strike twice and make sure each blow is a kill shot. You may think that a zombie is dead with just one hit, but sometimes they turn out to have just been momentarily stunned..and the hesitation on your part in making sure they are dead could cost you your life. So always double tap!
2. Cardio & Fitness – Remember all those times in school when your P.E. coach made you run laps around the track? Guess what? Those times will seem like a walk in the park when you’re trying to avoid being killed by zombies. Chances are very good that you’ll be running…a lot! So be sure to work on your breathing, maintain your physical stamina, stretch regularly, and keep yourself as healthy as possible. You’ll thank yourself for putting yourself through all the hell of getting in shape while you are running for your life.
3. Arm Yourself – Know you how to use a gun? Pretty good with a sword? Have access to an arsenal of weapons? Good. Load up and make sure you know how to use them because your life will depend on you being able to protect yourself. And the more zombies you can take out along the way, the better your chances of survival are. Don’t know how to use a weapon? I highly suggest you start learning how. Otherwise, you’ll becoming a tasty zombie snack in no time.
4. Find a Safe Shelter – I’ve heard folks jokingly say that should the Zombie Apocalypse ever happen, they will be running to their nearest Walmart store and camping out there until it’s all over. Okay, on the one hand I can’t really fault this logic because when you think about it, a Walmart does have just about everything a person would need to survive the apocalypse. For that matter, any well stocked super store or mall would also qualify. However, there are two problems with this way of thinking. The first is, you will not be the only person who has this plan in mind, and while it would be great if everyone would be able to inhabit such a place in peace, when the shit hits the fan I doubt that everyone is going to be as accommodating and friendly to those on the outside trying to get to safety. Yeah, it’s a lousy view to have, but it’s also a strong possibility. The second problem with this logic, depending on how the zombies were created, you could be setting yourself up for possible infection or death if the virus somehow finds a way in. This still doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t seek some form of shelter! Just be smart of where you decide to set up your defense and be mindful that not everyone can be trusted.
5. Learn to Survive in the Wilderness – If you can’t manage to find a safe place to hold up until the zombie threat has passed, then you are going to need to know how to survive life outdoors. In other words, do you know which plants are safe to eat? How to identify if the water nearby is drinkable? Do you know which trails lead where in your area? If you’ve answered no to any of these questions, then I recommend you take some wilderness survival courses and/or find a book on the subject and keep it by you at all times.
6. Don’t Get Sentimental – Yes, all life is sacred, but so is yours and your survival is paramount in this. If someone you love has been turned into a zombie, be prepared to take them out. It’s a kill or be killed world now, so do what you can to keep yourself alive…even if it means the death of your entire family.
7. Learn how to hot wire a vehicle – Chances are that you at some point in your escape from the walking dead, you will end up needing to access one or more vehicles, so it would be beneficial to know how to hot wire a car, because you never know whether the keys will be readily available when you need them. Also, learn how to siphon gas from other vehicles that are stalled on the side of the road and from gas pumps that no longer work.
8. Learn to drive a stick shift (manual transmission) – Ties in with tip number 8. While automatics tend to be par for the course nowadays, there are still some cars that operate with a manual transmission. As a result, you should know how to drive this type of car, because trust me, the zombies aren’t going to wait for you to find an automatic vehicle to escape in…the longer you try to find a car that you can drive, the higher the chance that you are going to become zombie chow.
9. Accept Your Fate – While it is best that you keep a positive outlook on things, I highly recommend that you at least accept the fact that there’s a very good chance that you are going to die before everything is said and done. Accepting this fact will go a long way towards keep you calm in those moments where you are fighting for your life against a pack of zombies intent on taking you down. I’m not saying that you should give up now, just merely reminding you that the old saying “only the strongest survive” isn’t entirely true. Keep your wits about you, stay calm, think things through, and take every day in stride and you just might walk about of it all alive. And if you don’t, well, it’s not like you didn’t already accept that this could happen.
10. Blend In – If you have acting experience and are brave enough to pull it off, become a zombie yourself in the figurative sense (no way would I suggest you do so literally). Remember when Bill Murry in Zombieland passed himself off as a zombie by making himself up to look like one? He managed to survive for quite a while that way. Maybe the same could be done with you? It’s worth a shot.
To see Danielle’s thoughts on this week’s reading, click HERE!