Two Butt-Kicking Heroines Take Center Stage in Rhiannon Frater’s “The First Days”
Rhiannon Frater’s adult novel The First Days, the first book in the As the World Dies trilogy, revolves around two vastly different young women who must become friends in order to survive the zombie onslaught.
Katie, who manages to grab her dog, a gun, and steal a truck, meets Jenni while fleeing from her abusive husband who had turned into a zombie and was devouring their two children. The two become fast friends and watch each other’s backs as they fight zombies and meet up with other survivors, although there’s plenty of in-fighting as the refugees squabble amongst each other even as the walking dead close in around them from all sides.
Unlike most zombie fiction, the two main characters are women and readers get a uniquely female perspective as the zombie apocalypse begins. However, Frater makes sure that her heroines are flawed; Jenni in particular is very unstable. But even though the characters aren’t perfect, Jenni and Kate are tough and they manage to survive against all odds with a lot of zombie butt-kicking in between.