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The Undying Apathy Of Imogen Shroud

The Undying Apathy Of Imogen Shroud [Kindle Edition]

Ben White

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Imogen Shroud is the unhappiest seventeen year-old in all of existence. The world offers her nothing, and so she offers nothing to the world. Given the choice she'd just lie in bed all day every day, a stack of books beside her, locked safely away from the uncaring outside.

But reality intrudes on even the most sedentary life. Imogen is forced out of her room and halfway across the city, to the ultra-modern Phoenix Convention Centre and the comic convention it hosts. On its own this would be bad enough, but strange weather is blowing in, bringing with it death--and undeath.

Dealing with depression is difficult. So is dealing with the undead. Dealing with both? Well, sometimes unlife can surprise you...


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1372 KB
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  • Verlag: Clover Island Publishing (14. April 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004WP56O4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Hello! I'm Ben White, and I write stories. Stories about pirate princesses, stories about would-be greatest superheroes, stories about gloomy girls bashing zombies about with baseball bats. Most of my books are focused on the high concept of 'girls kicking arse'.

I live in Nelson, New Zealand with my super-wife and two busy daughters, and in pretty much every spare moment I have, I write.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A journey into adulthood with a push form zombies. 31. Mai 2011
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It is not easy being a teenager, the journey to adulthood is fraught with landmine experiences that either make you stronger or cause you to shut down in utter despair. In "The Undying Apathy Of Imogen Shroud", Ben White weaves a darkly humorous tale of a lone girl's plight in life as she discovers what it means to be alive.

The story was written for young adults and is set in a sprawling city, that time has started to take its toll on due to poor upkeep by the administration. The storyline revolves around seventeen-year-old Imogen Shroud, who has given up on life due to a traumatic event at the age fifteen. For two years, she has rarely left her bedroom, except once a week when forced to venture out by her mother. This week's venture out into the world brings a wind of change that blows Imogen off her feet as she must batter her way through a zombie uprising to discover the value of family, friendship, self-worth and what it really means to be alive.

Imogen for the most part is a typical teen: sullen, difficult, rebellious, and centered completely on her own feelings of misery. Her attitude and behavior toward her family and the world around her makes the story disjointed and confusing to follow until you realize that it is the symptoms of her depression being expressed through the narrative of the tale. This is the strongest when she is describing the city's lack of care and upkeep; the overall feeling of decay that pervades the tale is a reflection of the apathy and fear she feels toward life in general. As the story progresses you can see this shroud of apathy lifting from Imogen and the city around her as experiences cause her to grow and shift, forcing her to leave her apathetic teen life behind and transform into a young woman with responsibilities to protect her family.

As a zombie apocalypse tale, Ben White has done an excellent job of making conceivable zombies with a realistic twist on their existence. I enjoyed the amount of time spend on describing the zombies actions and details of their conditions, along with the sheer number of them. The actions of the characters, or should I say the "reactions", were very human in nature; behaving much as I would imagine people would behave in such a situation, putting their needs and survival before others. The characters are described well making them grow off the pages into actual people, some you will like others you will not. The interaction between the characters is serious with just the right amount of humor mixed into it to keep you smiling at the quirkiness of the story.

There are parts in the story that were a bit fairytale-ish, where you go that is just not possible. I am not going to list them out, as it would spoil the end of the story. However, I found this straying from plausibility, if there is really any plausibility to a zombie tale, not to hamper the overall enjoyment of the story in the least. Speaking of overall enjoyment of this story, it was a very satisfying read leaving me smiling at the end thinking that was a damn good book. So on that note... read it; I doubt you will be disappointed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must for zombie lovers 26. April 2011
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Imogen Shroud is definitely apathetic, and depressed. She can barely get herself moving except to go to the library and to see her senile grandfather, and that only when her mother won't take no for an answer. Imogen has a 12-year-old brother who tries to get in her good graces, but she'll have none of it. Imogen may be stuck in her self-induced rut for the rest of her life, until the world as she knows it undergoes a catastropic change. While reluctantly chaperoning her brother at a comics expo, what seems to be a violtent wind causes terrible damage and kills thousands. But worse is to come. Most of the survivors have become zombies and the plaque is not restricted to the expo center. Imogen shows incredible grit and perseverance as she finds her brother and heads for home, encountering a few other survivors on the way.

If that sounds simplistic and cliched, it's not. This is an exciting, well-written story I could not put down as Imogen fights for her life and the lives of people she (realizes) she loves with practically non-stop rip-em-up action. Imogen and her brother Zack are 3-D characters and Imogen has great depth, and although many of the supporting cast flash in and out in an instant, they are still interesting and add to the plot.

I did notice a little odd punctuation in the first chapter, but only there, and I only mention it so readers who preview don't let it put them off. The rest of the book is excellently written and formatted.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Purrrrrrrrrrrrr 8. Juni 2011
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Fast paced, funny, and at times completely horrific I found myself staying up all night to finish this little gem. Imogen, wrapped in a deep depression after a failed romance, slogs through life just trying to meet her mothers demand that she leave her house once a week. Being 17 and tortured by the attentions of her hero worshipping younger brother, Imogen finds herself forced to endure the company of the undersized 11 year old Zack on a trek across town to a comic con. Once there all hell breaks loose as an unnatural disaster hits and the dead rise!

Mr. White has created some truly engaging characters and another type of zombie! One of my favorite lines has to do with these are not Romero's zombies and is it ever true! I found myself alternating between being horrified and tense for Imogen and laughing out loud at some of the survivors and situations she meets on her quest to remain alive. While many of the standard tropes are used in the story the spin they undergo is hilarious. There are so many more story point I'd like to bring up but I do not want to spoil this experience for other readers. I will just say that I hadn't had as much laugh out loud fun reading in a very long time.

Isn't it nice to find a new work and author to follow? I plan on reading as much of Mr. White's work as I can lay my hands on.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nope, didn't like it, sorry 11. Februar 2012
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Normally, I don't give up on a book unless it's really really irksome, it's probably something to do with the whole, I paid money so I'm gonna finish it thing. I tried, I really did but Imogen is just such a whiney teenager, I just couldn't continue. The premise sounded interesting, I'm a fan of zombie stories so, what went wrong? The truth is, I'm not sure. I just didn't like Imogen enough to care one way or the other what happened to her. The whole 'becoming' bit of the story where we are introduced to the zombies was flawed...a high wind...really? Let along one that could knock down a building and trap a load of teenage trekkers inside. Imogen is cruel, annoying and frankly not worth the paper she's printed on. I hated the terrible grammar, the worse writing style and the inconsistent tempo of the story.

Give it a miss. I have no idea where all the 5 star reviews are coming from, but I just couldn't see what they were talking about.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Couldn't Get into This Book 19. April 2013
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The book started out so slowly I quit after the first few chapters. It may have finished up better, but I couldn't prod my way through it.
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