Siege is the third book in the As The World Dies trilogy by Rhiannon Frater and a Horror novel from TOR.
The old world is gone, shattered by the zombie plague. In the tiny town of Ashley Oaks, Texas, a hundred or so survivors are building a new world, beginning with a high-walled fort. They’ve defended their home against ravenous zombies and cruel bandits, gathered supplies, established a civil government, and even found love among the ruins.
A supply run gone terribly wrong leads to the discovery of another group of survivors, trapped in a failing shopping mall. Their every move is controlled by a power-hungry US senator who has had her eyes on the fort almost since the first day.
For some the opportunity to recover even fragments of the old world is an irresistible temptation. For others, the freedom of the new world, despite its terrors, is more than worth fighting for.
The final battle for the fort - and, in a way, for the soul of America - is about to begin.
It has been almost a year since the world exploded into chaos and the dead began to walk - and feed. The survivors living inside a fort in a small town in Texas have learned a great deal in that time.
Safety and security are at the top of the list. The fort has been secured to the best of their ability - with modifications and upgrades taking place as needed.
The zombie presence has decreased somewhat, with a handful showing up every now and again and they are easily picked off by the snipers.
But there is unrest inside the fort. Some are tired of the status quo. In the confines of the fort bickering can have a ripple effect - causing unneeded stress in an already stressful situation.
When one of their own goes missing, the group find out that the military are involved - and they want something from the survivors at the fort.
They want the fort.
Siege blew me away
While reading Siege I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster. I laughed. I cried. I got angry and had to put the book down - but then immediately picked it up again.
I became invested in these people from the first chapter of The First Days and hate that it has come to an end.
But what an ending. I was honestly surprised with several things that happened in this book - some were good surprises - some were not. But everything came together for an incredible read.
I give Siege 5 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Books (April 24, 2012)