Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner Trilogy Book 1) - by Stevie Kopas - A quick fix for zombie fans

3.5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

I really wanted to like The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner Trilogy Book 1) much more than I did.  After all, it's zombie lit.  From a technical standpoint, it's well-written, the characters are OK and diverse, the story is well mapped out and it sets the stage nicely for book 2 in the series.

All that said, The Breadwinner, just seems overly familiar.  It's a typical zombie scenario with no explanation as to what started it all and from there it's the same formula we've seen in dozens of other zombie books.  Even the cover, although eye-catching, is reminiscent of the opening credits of The Walking Dead.

If you can get beyond the sameness, there is an enjoyable story here.  Author, Stevie Kopas, shows a great deal of potential.  If I hadn't read so many zombie tales over the years, I probably would have liked this much more.

The Breadwinner starts with attorney, Samson Eckhart, exiting the courtroom after having his case continued due to strange events occurring outside the building and around the region.   I do like how the author gets to the action right from the start, problem was it was all stuff we've read and seen before.  I would like to compliment Kopas for her grip on the times we live in.  Her take on the effect of the collapse of social media for one of the younger survivors was dead on.

In many ways, The Breadwinner Trilogy is already a major success for Stevie Kopas, as she's seen her work go from being self-published to being published by Permuted Press.  Book 1 is available now, as an ebook, from the major online retailers.

A must read for zombie fans and I am hoping for something more in book 2, Haven, coming soon.

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