Among the Dead


Loved it! 😍

Kennedy goes beyond fear and takes the characters to the brink of an apocalypse. This, of course, is an extreme, but a very popular one.

Among the Dead is a work of fiction and completely psychological. Any post-apocalyptic or dystopian fiction about how the world falls into chaos is going to be different because each author will have varying ways to identify with how they would handle life after a major crisis. Psychological aspects of every scenario may overtly share the same common denominator, like a world depleted of life save for very few who were able to be spared while everyone else turns into zombies or undead. But, for most, this isn’t the actual grit of the story. It is the living that makes all of the difference from how the story carries on. And this—this is how Kennedy entices his readers.

As we begin reading this story, Sam is the main character. She is happy, healthy, married with no children, and works in the medical field as a nurse practitioner. She knows her way around sick people, but when a man comes in after two weeks of flu-like symptoms, his reaction is completely mystifying and downright lethal. After their first discussion and vitals check, everything seems pretty routine. The doctor orders blood work and sends Sam back in, but the patient’s demeanor has completely changed. Lost is the man that once stood there, and in his place is a dark void of nothingness. As he tries to infect her with his bite, she fends him off just long enough for him to come back to reality, not remembering a thing. This same logic carries on with other patients after mere days, causing mass hysteria to ensue and the government to call for a pandemic. This pandemic has the potential to wipe out the human population through the transmission of bodily fluids in mere days by how rampant the spread has already become. After a few double shifts, Sam quickly finds herself being the only one left after a huge massacre at the hospital. The town’s inhabitants have all been infected and have turned on her coworkers, her friends, possibly even her family. On a business trip in Los Angeles and far away from Sam, Nick may be faced with the same battle. Sam’s only hope is to stockpile food and take refuge in her house until the military comes to find her, but how long will that be? Sam knows that once her food supply is gone, she will be forced to go somewhere else, but with who and where will she go, she can only imagine.

Among the Dead by Stephen Kennedy is definitively a book of relevance as the world faces a pandemic. There was mass hysteria for a little while regarding supplies and how normal operations would continue to function with several being either out of work or sent home to wade out the spread. Many also died. In this story, Kennedy goes beyond fear and takes the characters to the brink of an apocalypse. This, of course, is an extreme, but a very popular one currently as we have so many shows and movies depicting a strategy-base for when the world turns into zombies. Do not let the zombies get the better of you as a reader though. As written earlier within the review, they are not the main focal point. This is a commonality that most stories use to get to the meat of the plot which is how the living handle the situations that they have been placed in. Kennedy’s characters are alluring and desperate to survive. He has taken his characters and stretched them so thin, to the point where one little thing out of place could cause them to snap. Loss, grief, sadness, hope—all of these emotions tie in together very nicely as the plot thickens. Sam meets Jason and they seem at odds most of the time, but even the two most unlikely individuals can find solace in each other’s company when they have no one else to rely or depend on for their survival.

The pace is quite steady as the tragedy unfolds, and then it seems to quicken after the time shift, but then steadies back out once they get used to the new norm—as it should. While some aspects of the story are arguably a little too extreme in the creativity department, overall, this story is entertaining.

There are a few spelling and grammatical errors, but this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel. If you are a reader of science fiction, post-apocalyptic and psychological fiction, this may be exactly what you are looking for. This is the first installment in the In the Valley series, so readers who are also looking for a new series to start can try this one.

An electronic copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Reedsy Discovery and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Among the Dead by Stephen Kennedy.

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About the author

Stephen has refined his writing over the years while garnering a handful of awards and a Hollywood agent. He also finds it uncomfortable to brag about himself, which is what this section is supposed to do. Currently, Stephen lives in the Southwest with his lovely wife. view profile

Published on May 05, 2020

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80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic

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