Review: Broken World by Kate L. Mary

Review:  Broken World by Kate L. MaryBroken World (Broken World, #1) by Kate L. Mary
Published by CreateSpace July 4th 2014
Genres: Horror
Pages: 220
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice. Give up, or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.
The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.
While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.

Damn. This story was just what I needed, and my first five star read for a while now.

I love zombie books, but they have started to become a dime a dozen. You know, the typical younger heroine, all alone, somehow with a history of survival training. She’s usually really bad ass, a  hero, crushing on two hot guys and trying to save herself and the world at the same time.

This book is the complete opposite.  Like, as opposite as an Angora goat and a Sphinx cat.

Okay, horrible comparison, but you’re pickin’ up what I’m throwin’ down.

The main character, Vivian, is trailer trash. Giant fake boobs, long red nails, platform heels…and a stripper. Yup, you heard me.  The heroine is a white trash stripper.  A total anti-hero.  It’s the very beginning of a viral outbreak, so PRE-zombie apocalypse (which I love!) and she’s on her way across the country to see the daughter she gave up for adoption, just one peek, before the world ends.

“That’s right.  Trailer trash.  Helluva life, but it makes ya tough.”


But of course, her car breaks down, and two disgusting redneck trailer-hood brothers pull up behind her and save the day. You can’t trust them. They’re only looking out for themselves and ready to break into stores and turn the chaos into their benefit. It’s anyone’s gain and they’re ready to come out on top.  They’re wife-beater wearin’, confederate flag wavin’, broken English speakin’ good ‘ol boys.

But the story just keeps building. The virus spreads like wildfire across the country, they run into more survivors, and even more zombies. Their group of three turns into a group of fourteen and continues to shift in growth and loss.

There is a ton of action. Tons of character and plot development. Vivian really is a selfish character. She gets a lot of hate on Goodreads reviews, but, hey, she always had to fend for herself to survive. She’s a survivor…so watching her growth through out the story is really rad. She starts to care for people other than herself, taking in strays and saving lives like her own life depends on it. She is not perfect, anything but, but she really is a loveable character. You can’t help but root for her.

Same goes for the rednecks. They’re disgusting and dangerous. Foul mouthed, racist, dirty. But by the end of the book they’re your friends and you truly adore them, faults and all.

This is the story where the underdogs, the trailer trash, the poor, the rednecks…come out on top. They’re the ones with the survival instinct, the will to adapt and survive, and in this new world…money doesn’t mean a thing. Your college degree is crap. Your private plane is worthless.

But your ability to fend for yourself? It’s everything.

It’s book one of SIX, and usually that would piss me off.  Because, fuck off.  Six books?  You ain’t Kristen Ashley.   But I am so excited to read each and every one.  (And they’re all on KU!  *fist pump*)



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