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REVIEW: Flesh by Kylie Scott

Dear Ms. Scott:

I don’t like post apocalyptic stories. I am not a fan of zombies. Thank goodness for other reader’s recommendations because without them, my own prejudices would make me miss interesting new stories such as this one. Flesh is set 53 days post apocalypse in Brisbane, Australia.

Kylie Scott FleshDaniel has stumbled upon non infected female Ali who has been holed up in her neighbor’s house’s attic since the onset of a virus that has turned humans into flesh eating zombies. Daniel has been coasting along on his own but immediately wants to take Ali under his wing. Daniel’s instant love (and lust) is fairly understandable in this situation. Nearly everyone is a flesh eating zombie and to find a non infected person is like discovering water in an endless dessert.

Ali is wary of Daniel and would prefer to stay in her attic hideout. Daniel tells Ali that the infected are dying out and that there are other survivors in the suburbs and in non urban areas. He convinces her that the two of them are better off together than alone.

Ali is aware than Daniel’s motivations are driven by more than his desire for friendship and is constantly asking Daniel to remove his hands, stop making suggestive comments, and give her a little space. Daniel tries, but he’s almost deliriously excited by Ali.

As the two of them venture forth, Daniel and Ali encounter a biker gang who is intent on taking Ali into their group and Daniel, for all of his survival abilities realizes that he’s placed Ali in great danger. Another survivor, Finn, comes to their rescue.

Finn is a former police officer and has military-esque hunting abilities. He knows he is better at keeping Ali safe than Daniel is. Finn has had the two in his sights since Daniel discovered Ali. What gets Finn the most is that if he had just made his move for Ali when he first saw her, she might be with him rather than Daniel.

All of this works for me solely because of the survivalist circumstances. There are too few people left alive in the world and too few women, apparently. It’s unknown whether the women were infected at a greater rate or whether they were less able to survive against the zombies.  The biggest downside of this story is Ali.  She does not come off as very capable.  She is supposed to be in her thirties but she often reacts like a clueless teenager/early 20 year old.  While she has survived on her own for eight weeks, we see her exhibit very little survival skills. Instead, she is taken care of by Daniel and Finn.

Daniel encourages Ali to have a relationship with Finn because he knows that in this world, two of them looking out for her, increases her survival rate.

It’s a very sexy story. The world building is quite engaging although sparse, parceling out only the very meanest of details.  It’s unclear how easily a person can be infected; what keeps the zombies animated; how the infection started.  Similarly, the actual falling in love part of the book is non existent.  Daniel, for example, immediately latches on to Ali as his one and only but while he protests it is not because she is the only non infected vagina around, you kind of get the sense that it really is initially.  Finn’s connection with Ali is even more tenuous as are her feelings for him.

I wish that the heroine had more agency, more abilities to care for herself. I am really intrigued by the different factions being introduced and how the individuals will survive.  There is a good blend of action, survival, and emotional interaction.  Despite the problems I had with the story, those were only really noticeable as I was ending the story.  While reading, I was completely engaged.  At the end of the book I immediately bought Skin which follows another survival group.  C+

Best regards,

Jane

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

14 Comments

  1. Has
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:06:04

    I enjoyed this one too but also agree with you about the romantic elements especially with establishing the menage. But I really liked Kylie Scott’s voice and its def one of the better post apocalyptic books featuring zombies. I think Skin the sequel to Flesh is a much stronger book.

  2. CG
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:27:26

    Looks like this one isn’t available for the Nook. : (

    ETA: Didn’t you guys say that in 2013 you weren’t going to review Amazon only books? Or was that for the Daily Deals?

  3. Angela
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:35:07

    @CG: It’s on kobo, as well. Can you read that on your nook?

    I’m picking this one up. I like the sound of the set-up.

  4. Joy B
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:38:39

    CG: It’s available in print and at Apple – which makes it weird to me that it’s not in nook.

  5. Jane
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:46:15

    I wonder if it is because it is published by Macmillan Australia and B&N is not an international company like Amazon, Kobo and Apple?

  6. Has
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 13:14:06

    Its not available in the UK via Kobo but there is an email to report availability issues here http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/skin/ – But I think this imprint is suppose to be geo free.

  7. CG
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 13:17:48

    @Angela: I don’t think so, but I’m not certain. This one sounded interesting, too, but for a number of reasons, if it’s not available for the Nook I won’t buy it. *shrugs* My TBR is plenty tall anyway.

    ETA: I just noticed it’s $6.29 at Kobo and $3.99 at Amazon; that’s a pretty big price difference. And $6.29 is above what I’m willing to shell out for a new to me author anyway.

    Publishers take note, I’ll probably get a Kindle when my first-generation Nook finally dies, thereby supporting to the Eeevil Empire that is Amazon and it’s all y’alls fault what with your DRMs and your Agency Pricing and Geo Restrictions.

  8. Anne
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 20:10:54

    @CG:

    The publisher (Momentum) is completely DRM free, and globally available. Not available through Barnes and Noble currently but working on it.

  9. Jill Sorenson
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 21:04:04

    I prefer independent heroines and I don’t usually go for m/m/f menage but I’ve been on the lookout for a good post apocaylptic romance. What I don’t get is how it worked for you & was sexy when the heroine has no feelings for or connection with either hero.

    Anyone have recs for a non-m/m/f story? I enjoyed Reawakening Eden by Vivi Andrews and Surviving Passion by Maia Underwood (it was okay). Didn’t love Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha and couldn’t get into Driven by Eve Kenin. Big thumbs down for Three (f/f/f) by Megan Obrien.

    Thanks!

  10. Kylie Griffin
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 22:26:34

    Jill, you might want to try Ellen Connor and her Dark Age Dawning series – Nightfall, Midnight, Daybreak; or maybe Joss Ware’s Envy Chronicles.

  11. CG
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 06:17:11

    @Anne: Apologies, I should have said Big 6 Publishers take note. Glad to here this one will be available for the Nook at some point, but it’s still frustrating that I cant purchase this title now.

  12. Jill Sorenson
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 07:44:20

    @Kylie Griffin: Thanks Kylie. I’ve tried both of those already.

  13. Bernie
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 09:49:59

    Just read Skin. My first zombie/romance. Liked it alot! It had some problems (wanted to slap Roslyn) but I did stick with me! Have been making Zombie comments all week. LOL again it could have been much better but now I am looking for more of the same. OH Do You Think I Am Infected With ZOMBIE Fever?????
    Jill I will check out your recommends.

  14. Joel
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 21:34:43

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