The First Days (As the World Dies, Book One)

As the World Dies (Volume 1)

Rhiannon Frater

Tor Books

Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy is an internet sensation. The first two books, The First Days and Fighting to Survive, have won the Dead Letter Award for Best Novel from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book ExaminerAmericanHorrorBlog calls Rhiannon Frater “a writer to watch.”

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. 

Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni’s stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town.  There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form. 

Fast-paced and exciting, filled with characters who grab your heart, The First Days: As the World Dies is the beginning of a frightening trilogy. 


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Tiny Fingers

So small.
So very, very small.
The fingers pressed under the front door of her home were so very small. She could not stop staring at those baby fingers straining frantically to reach her as she stood shivering on the porch. The cool morning air lightly puffed out her pink nightgown as her own pale fingers clutched the thin bathrobe closed at her throat. Texas weather could change so fast, and this early March morning was crisp.
I knew we needed weather stripping, she thought vaguely.
The gap under the front door was far too


Praise for The First Days (As the World Dies, Book One)

Praise for Rhiannon Frater and The First Days: As the World Dies:

"One of the few zombie novels fueled by the power of feminine protagonists in an apocalyptic world gone wrong."--Harrisburg Book Examiner

"There's a lot of great zombie fiction out there, but Rhiannon Frater sets the gold standard."--Joe McKinney, author of Dead City

"A brilliant example of modern day horror, realistic characters, and biting terror."--Scott A. Johnson, author of City of Demons

“Well-written slices of horror with just the right amount of chaos tossed in and blended to perfection.”--Timothy W. Long, author of The Zombie-Wilson Diaries

“Frater is a terrifyingly talented new voice. Her characters spring off the pages and come to life with a depth most authors long to achieve.”--Eric S Brown, author of War of the Worlds

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  • RHIANNON FRATER is the author of The First Days: As the World Dies and two sequels, Fighting to Survive and Siege.  She and her husband live in Austin, Texas.
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The First Days (As the World Dies, Book One)

As the World Dies

Rhiannon Frater



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