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Publisher's Summary

The world ended.

A zombie apocalypse broke out.

The main character is already dead.

By the author of The Blue Mage Raised by Dragons and The Godking's Legacy. Please note that this is not a comedic story.

Content warning: Profanity, cannibalism (Is it still cannibalism if it's a zombie eating a human?), gore (Just a little, it comes with the cannibalism).

©2020 Jason Ma Liu (P)2020 Jason Ma Liu

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Honestly this was a unique take on the zombie apocalypse

Now I know what you’re thinking when you hear zombie apocalypse book. Either the MC is some retired special ops war hero who can single handedly take out hoarded of people while trying to get back to their family and getting them out of a “safe haven” just before it falls or is working for the government to get the doctor with the cure out of a fallen city. Or it’s about someone who isn’t quite qualified to lead a rag tag group of survivors but who the people choose to listen to as that person has some kind of plot armor that makes it so their insane plans always work.

This story isn’t like that at all, the MC is a zombie. And not some silly zombie who just stumbles around and it becomes a comedy. No, this MC is actually rational, they lost a lot of what made them human, in fact they don’t even consider themselves human. However they are able to learn and grow by watching the surviving humans fight the dumber zombies. It’s a truly terrifying theory as I doubt anyone would survive an apocalypse where the zombies can pass off as humans if they play it right.

I am not sure if I want a sequel or not honestly. I like how it ended, the story isn’t over obviously but it’s not exactly ended on a cliff hanger either. There was no magical “then everything went back to normal” ending (which I assume isn’t a spoiler since anyone who thinks a zombie apocalypse book will end with all zombies dead and all people immune is crazy). Inversely there wasn’t some “then everyone died” ending either. The story ended in a manner I can happily say closed most of the lose ends up nicely. I mean sure a few things were left up in the air such as why the MC seemingly did the one thing that could have caused them to be a “intelligent infected” (going off what we learn later in the book) but since the story isn’t about that but about the after effects of hat action I am happy to leave it where it is.

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Not at all enjoyable

I am a fan of the writer. This book though was complete trash. I regret getting it. If your a fan Of the blue mage and god king books. I doubt you will enjoy this.

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A well done non-human story!

I've read a lot of books where the main character is non-standard, and I must say that Virlyce does a wonderful job of it in this book. The plot progression is reasonable and honestly fun to listen to, and its a interesting new break to see the Zombie Apocalypse scenario from the other side.

Infidelity worth a listen, especially if you enjoy seeing tropes with depth!

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Spicy, with a chance of brains!

I’ve listened to a ton of zombie books, but the idea of a thinking zombie surprised me. I went for it and was not disappointed. Virlyce captured the Smart Zombies thought pattern and ran with it in directions I hadn’t considered before. She had me rooting for the cold blooded thing! Mare Trevathan did a great job with all of the voices and was very good at making them distinct enough so you could tell who was who and added ‘spicy’ personality to the dead.
If you don’t like this book, you’re not a zombie fan. If you did like it, like me, you are one sick puppy! : )

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sleeper

this was unexpected. thoroughly enjoyed this. def recommend it if ya read virlyce other titles or honestly even if ya havent

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love the writer

not my cup of tea but the story drew me in I just love the writers other books that is why I bought it was not disappointed but didn't really love it like I loved his other stuff

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Breath of fresh air in the zombie genre

I enjoyed the book a lot, was easy to tell different views when switching characters. Felt invested with the zombie and enjoyed the journey. Wish it didn't end as it did but also glad, so it could be a sequel. With that said can't wait for book 2. Thank you

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Couldn’t finish it. A real slog.

I think the narrator did well with the material, it was just so dryly written. There were a lot of ways this could have gone that could have been great story telling, but 4 hours in we’re still talking about being hungry, food, and other random bits from the zombies points of view. The best parts of the story are the brief snippets from other survivors. It just isn’t enough to keep spending more time with this title. Too many other books in the backlog.

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An Interesting Point of View

If you are one for horror "A Rational Zombie" by Virlyce is the perfect story to sink your teeth into. I've just made my way through it and I've gotta say, the perspective of a smart zombie is a fascinating one. Watching it overcome humans and learn from experiences has been like watching a new born take its first steps. It almost makes you forget that your cheering on an absolute monster. You get the occasional view of the humans in this apocalypse so you can see the consequences of the zombie's actions. Highly recommended for those looking for a good zombie story. Hopefully there will be a sequel down the road.

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Read if you have insomnia.

I love this author but this book served only to put me to sleep. I have no idea you thought this was acceptable to publish. I don't know how your blue mage series could be so good, but then you also write... this. Please do not make a sequel. I want to enjoy your next book.

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  • Carl
  • 05-08-22

fantastic

such an unusual zombie book absolutely fantastic I've listen to a lot of zombie books but this one was very interesting to be the side of zombie

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  • Callum
  • 03-04-22

great

love it, fun to listen to and well written, sure the ending wasn't massive but still good.

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  • Marcos Loureiro
  • 03-05-21

Story is great but...

Story is great, it is a strange concept and the learning process is great. My biggest issue with it, is that the author takes (in my opinion) way too much time describing how the zombie learns about the day to day items.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-20

Different, dull and exciting

I like it. The rational zombie tells a story about you guessed it, a zombie with a functional brain. The whole story is going through the motions of the zombie apocalypse and it was kind of dull seeing a zombie rediscovering everything but it can’t be helped because we’re starting at the beginning.

Not until the end did I get super excited to see what came next. Our rational zombie drove into a corner and fighting for constant survival became more than just a smart zombie and that’s what I was looking for in this entire book. Too bad it came to an end.

Overall, I think it’s a slow start to a huge journey for the rational zombie. I say huge because there are still so many questions to be answered. Why is it rational, how do you cure something technically incurable?
Was the cure actually a cure or did it only prevent it temporarily? So much potential to touch upon. I look forward to the sequel!