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Who would you be during the zombie apocalypse - the hunter or the hunted?

Some zombie apocalypse stories are full of fighting and gore and dramatic battles and narrow escapes. If that’s the kind of zombie tale you’re looking for, look elsewhere because this is not that story. 

This is a zombie apocalypse story about the choices we’re faced with when trying to survive. Specifically, it’s about Willow (just call her Will), her dysfunctional mother, and the fiancé who recently cheated on her. When the three of them stumble across a post-apocalyptic vegan hippie commune in the mountains of North Carolina, they think they’ve found a true utopia. (Well, except for the veganism. And all the hippies.) 

The community takes them in without realizing that Will and her companions are harboring a dark secret - a secret Will, her mom, and her fiancé will do almost anything to keep hidden. 

But when Mother nature transforms their new utopia into a dystopia, Will and the community she’s with face some hard choices. Ultimately, no matter what the survivors each believe about themselves, they are reminded that the only real choice you can make in a zombie apocalypse is the choice between being the hunter or the hunted.

There’s not a lot in between. 

Bigger Monsters is a little bit The Walking Dead, a little bit The L Word, and 100 percent a wild ride.

©2021 Eliza Andrews (P)2021 Eliza Andrews

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Had me in the first half (spoilerish)

This book reminded me of and brought back similar frustrations i experienced as a child reading some of RL Stine's Fearstreet books because a twist which takes place after the midway point of the book and feels out of character and purely for shock value especially after being in the character's head and pov and their being no hints to trace to the twist after its revealed.

Kinda reminds me of the season of Game of Thrones or M Night and the twists for shock value thrown into their stories. Felt kinda cheep but I did appreciate the cliffhanger of a moral dilemma at the very end.

I've read most of the author's other books and this one is probably my least favorite but that's saying a lot because I'd still reccomend it and the author's Soldier of Dorsa series is one of my favorite queer series

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Oooo! I did not see that coming!

Drop in on a small group of post apocalyptic survivors having a very bad day facing off against some zombies! Add a little relationship tension and some unsavory survival tactics and you get to find who the real monsters are. This book brings you face to face with your own ideals and how you may find yourself throwing them all away to protect yourself and those you care for. What a psychological trip!

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I should have known

I should have known that a story of Eliza Andrews is not what you expect. It's not about zombies (thankfully as I'm really not interested on them) but more how people deal with an end-of-the-world situation.
I'm sure it was prompted by the pandemic, a kind of what if scenario. Funny at first, dark later on.
Very good and very well narrated (as always).

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People are monsters and this story is no different

This is a zombie apocalypse story. There are no good endings here. The main character gains the reader’s sympathy only to reveal they’re no better than the living dead, or worse. If you want a hopeful story with determination through adversity and hardship, read The Grapes of Wrath. This story ain’t it.

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Brilliant writing and performance

Eliza Andrews is a clever writer.
She has a big range, and this novella is once again a departure, but a fun one.
I love a zombie apocalypse tale, but this one has a twist on the usual fayre. It's main protagonist has a confident, brash, self aware voice, that was a refreshing change to read. I won't say much more, since spoilers are so annoying, but I enjoyed this a lot. It's amusing, in a way, but also throws up some heart rending angst and terrible moral dilemmas that non of us would ever want to face. It would have been great if this was a full novel, but I know Eliza is in the middle of writing part three of her Dorsa Chronicle books and kind of fell into writing this one 'by accident'. It was meant to be a 5,000 word short story, so actually a novella is a bonus!
The voice artistry is also excellent. As usual from Liz. She has voices in this I've not heard from her before, and that is pretty remarkable because she reads the Dorsa books which have dozens of significant characters. I love the fact that she really thinks about her characterisations and interpretation, she doesn't just read the words, there is serious intelligence in the performance. Great stuff!

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