I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak
Narrator: Kristin James
Series: The Harvesting #1
on March 4, 2015
Genres: Horror, Zombie
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes
To be fair to The Harvesting, I read the majority of it when I was in an extreme reading funk – and it was the first audio book in a string of audio books that I didn’t quit. So maybe that alone should earn it more than 3.5 stars – but it still didn’t have that special something that made me love it.
"The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone."
While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that's upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.
It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead!
I think that my problem – the thing that kept it from being great – was that everything came a bit too easy or was a bit too convenient. It’s the Zombie Apocalypse and this town is dealing with it way too well in my opinion. I mean they did lose a lot of people, but it never felt truly catastrophic.
And the main character just so happens to be a medieval warfare and sword fighting expert who speaks Russian dialects fluently. How handy! I think I just like to see things not be so simple.
Despite those negative points, the story is a good one. I liked the way zombies worked in this world and the way the author blended multiple mythologies. Definitely some good world building that kept me curious and – because of how it ended – left me with questions for book 2.
The narration was pretty good as well – I ended up listening at 1.5x-2x speed, which isn’t great for most narrators performance. But Kristin James held up under the high speed pressure. I still heard good accents and, for the most part, good variation in voices. There were a few points where characters lost their distinctive voices and blended into each other, but not enough to bother me. I would continue listening if/when I read book 2 in the series.