The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

June 9, 2015 Reviews 8

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 KarsakThe Harvesting by Melanie Karsak
Narrator: Kristin James
Series: The Harvesting #1
on March 4, 2015
Genres: Horror, Zombie
Pages: 320
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

"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!

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.

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.

3.5 stars pretty good

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About Melanie Karsak

Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the Green Fairy) and the award-winning horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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8 Responses to “The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak”

  1. Lanie

    Zommbbbbiiiies! Braiiins! I’d be so screwed if that happened,lol. I’m not a swordsmaster or a hunter. I’m like Carol from the Walking Dead mixed with the poor blonde girl. This book sounds interesting yet like you said a bit unrealistic. I love the idea of a chick to the rescue, but what does the Russian have to do with anything? Are these Russian speaking zombies? How neat would that be.
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    • Berls
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      Hehe yeah the Russian does come in handy, but in a way I can’t explain without spoiling. They aren’t Russian speaking zombies though ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d be so screwed too – I run slow, have hardly any survival instincts, etc. But if you were Carol, you’d turn into a bad ass, so that gives you hope, right? I haven’t actually seen the most recent season though.

    • Berls
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      Lol very true! They have a tendency of showing up for heroines at the perfect moment.!

    • Berls
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      Lol sure seemed that way! I expected them to have a lot more trouble. Not a very scary horror or grim really, but still interesting story.

    • Berls
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      Hehe yeah, very true. I only labeled it horror because that’s how it’s classified. It wasn’t scary at all.

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