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The dead have awakened. Driven by insatiable hunger. In eternal search of fresh meat. The infection spreads like the plague. Nothing stands between the undead and humanity. Is it too late to save the world from disaster? In this new apocalyptic zombie series, we follow events day for day as the world slowly decends into mayhem as the zombies take over. Day 1: How it all began Th The dead have awakened. Driven by insatiable hunger. In eternal search of fresh meat. The infection spreads like the plague. Nothing stands between the undead and humanity. Is it too late to save the world from disaster? In this new apocalyptic zombie series, we follow events day for day as the world slowly decends into mayhem as the zombies take over. Day 1: How it all began Three teenagers find themselves trapped in a stuffy, warm basement. The old lady who used to own the house is now dead. She's also standing right on the other side of the basement door, scraping and moaning, trying to get in. Patiently. Tirelessly. How did they end up here? Just a few hours ago, all three of of them were sitting in Thomas' car, sweating and listening to music, not a care in the world. They were almost done with the paper route when they came to the old lady's house. And that's when everything turned to chaos.


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The dead have awakened. Driven by insatiable hunger. In eternal search of fresh meat. The infection spreads like the plague. Nothing stands between the undead and humanity. Is it too late to save the world from disaster? In this new apocalyptic zombie series, we follow events day for day as the world slowly decends into mayhem as the zombies take over. Day 1: How it all began Th The dead have awakened. Driven by insatiable hunger. In eternal search of fresh meat. The infection spreads like the plague. Nothing stands between the undead and humanity. Is it too late to save the world from disaster? In this new apocalyptic zombie series, we follow events day for day as the world slowly decends into mayhem as the zombies take over. Day 1: How it all began Three teenagers find themselves trapped in a stuffy, warm basement. The old lady who used to own the house is now dead. She's also standing right on the other side of the basement door, scraping and moaning, trying to get in. Patiently. Tirelessly. How did they end up here? Just a few hours ago, all three of of them were sitting in Thomas' car, sweating and listening to music, not a care in the world. They were almost done with the paper route when they came to the old lady's house. And that's when everything turned to chaos.

30 review for Dead Meat: Day 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    #1 Day 1 ★★★★★ #2 Day 2 ★★★★★ Thomas has played a lot of Resident Evil and watched every episode of The Walking Dead—he knows what a zombie looks like. Her eyes are pale yet piercing, her mouth contorted into a snarl, the grimace made even more pronounced because of the missing piece of her lower lip. It looks like it might have been torn off, revealing the grey teeth and pink gums. Blood has run down her chin and stained the front of the dress, which once was white but now looks more like a butch #1 Day 1 ★★★★★ #2 Day 2 ★★★★★ Thomas has played a lot of Resident Evil and watched every episode of The Walking Dead—he knows what a zombie looks like. Her eyes are pale yet piercing, her mouth contorted into a snarl, the grimace made even more pronounced because of the missing piece of her lower lip. It looks like it might have been torn off, revealing the grey teeth and pink gums. Blood has run down her chin and stained the front of the dress, which once was white but now looks more like a butcher's apron. Her long, silver hair hangs in a thin, whiplike braid. She reaches out her arms and staggers towards him on bony, wobbly legs, while producing a low rumbling growl from deep down her throat. Then, everything turns to chaos. It's been a while since I've reached for a zombie book, but after loving Nick Clausen's Human Flesh so much earlier this year, I was incredibly eager to pick up the beginning of his new Dead Meat series. A trilogy packed into 3 very short novellas revolving around teens trying to survive the start of the zombie apocalypse sounded like too much fun to pass up, and I can safely say that, after reading just the first installment, I'm hooked — I've gotta see how it ends! Day 1 picks up right in the beginning of the ordeal, and we follow a few teens — Thomas, Dan, and Jennie — as they try (and usually fail) to make it out of things unscathed. I love the pop culture references and the fact that Thomas, our primary hero, recognizes so much of his surroundings in the zombie culture he loves through video games and films, because it felt totally authentic. I know, if a zombie apocalypse were to hit right now, that myself and most of my friends and loved ones would definitely be just like Thomas and Dan, batting around ideas we borrowed from The Walking Dead or the Left 4 Dead games or whatever else, while our non-zombie-media-loving acquaintances would be laughing us off and trying to convince us that no, of course the sweet old lady down the street hasn't risen from the dead in search of guts and brains to eat... Anyways, I digress — Dead Meat: Day 1 was a super fun and suspenseful read that gets right into the heart of things without ever being too heavy or gory. In fact, I think this would be an A+ read for my non-horror-loving friends who are looking to step out of the norm and grab a spooky read for Halloween without committing themselves to anything that will keep them up too badly. Likewise, I think even seasoned horror fans are going to have a really good time with this one (just like I did) and will be eagerly awaiting the second installment (again, just like I am). And luckily, we don't have long to wait, because a little birdy has told me there are just a few weeks until the release of Day 2... All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to Nick Clausen for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Latasha

    I received the book from the author in exchange for a review. Thank you Nick. Nick Clausen is very talented. His stories pull you in, take hold and don't let go. They are well written and intense. This book throws you in at ground zero of the zombie outbreak. However, the characters are well aware of what's happening, what to do and how to stop it. They try but I guess we'll have to read book 2 to see if it worked.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    It’s hot as Hades, as the kids find themselves in the suffocating basement, dodging a zombie that salivates at the thought of taking a bite out of them… Dead Meat by Nick Clausen gets creepy bad very early and time is of the essence. OMG! Want bloody, gory, gruesome, sad, tragic, heroic and…? Read about a day in the life of Dan, a teenager that was only delivering newpapers on a freakishly hot day when all hell broke loose in his world. I love this character! I am drooling over the thought of readin It’s hot as Hades, as the kids find themselves in the suffocating basement, dodging a zombie that salivates at the thought of taking a bite out of them… Dead Meat by Nick Clausen gets creepy bad very early and time is of the essence. OMG! Want bloody, gory, gruesome, sad, tragic, heroic and…? Read about a day in the life of Dan, a teenager that was only delivering newpapers on a freakishly hot day when all hell broke loose in his world. I love this character! I am drooling over the thought of reading more of this delicious series. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Dead Meat by Nick Clausen. See more at fundinmental

  4. 5 out of 5

    Regitze

    Review copy from the publisher, Facet. Reviewed on my blog Bookish Love Affair. How much can happen in one day? I mean, how badly could thing get out of hand? Very. Really very much. And as such, we see the beginning of an assumed zombie-apocaplypse through the eyes of two boys in their late teens and how in just one day everything changes. It's fast-paced, kinda disgusting and spooky. I wonder what happens on day two. Review copy from the publisher, Facet. Reviewed on my blog Bookish Love Affair. How much can happen in one day? I mean, how badly could thing get out of hand? Very. Really very much. And as such, we see the beginning of an assumed zombie-apocaplypse through the eyes of two boys in their late teens and how in just one day everything changes. It's fast-paced, kinda disgusting and spooky. I wonder what happens on day two.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jackie's Bookbytes

    ***I was provided with a free copy by the author in exchange for a review. Dead Meat is about three children who get stuck in the basement of a house that is overrun by zombies. The prospect of survival is very grim for Thomas, Dan and Jennie but if there is any hope to stay alive, they need to make sure all of the zombies are dead.When Thomas, Dan and his sister Jennie arrive at the end of their paper route, the furthest thing on their minds was getting eaten by zombies. The weather was hot that d ***I was provided with a free copy by the author in exchange for a review. Dead Meat is about three children who get stuck in the basement of a house that is overrun by zombies. The prospect of survival is very grim for Thomas, Dan and Jennie but if there is any hope to stay alive, they need to make sure all of the zombies are dead.When Thomas, Dan and his sister Jennie arrive at the end of their paper route, the furthest thing on their minds was getting eaten by zombies. The weather was hot that day and they were all thirsty but are themselves trapped in a basement hiding from a family of Zombies inside the old dilapidated farmhouse. I don't think they were very brave or smart enough to know how to kill zombies because they were scared. Jennie thought she scraped herself on some glass but she was scratched by the zombie's long nails. They knew she was infected when they realized her symptoms were getting worse. She had a burning fever and it was inevitable she would die and turn. It didn't take long either. Thomas and Dan had been planning their escape when Jennie reanimated into a zombie. They never killed her only kept her a safe distance from attacking them. For Thomas and Dan, it was an ordeal to finally be out of that house. Evidently only 3 zombies were inside: the father, the grandma and a child. Yet Thomas managed to free himself. He also had to rescue Dan. They also realized someone alive was hiding in a car but she didn't have the car keys. She told Thomas they were in her husband's pant pocket. *facepalm* Thomas and Dan locked themselves inside their car and drank a whole case of warm pop. The car wouldn't start and wouldn't you know it. Only then Thomas remembered the glass that he cut his foot on had zombie blood on it. So now he was also infected and burning with fever. Before he died he desperately wanted Dan and the lady of the other car to get out and get help. There were two zombies smashed against the car so Thomas got the key out of the husbands pocket and killed them before he passed out. The lady of the car and Dan got away and made it to the hospital only to find out Dan had stuck Thomas's body in the trunk. Ugh. Why? Realizing it was a bad idea to have taken Thomas' body to the hospital, Dan could have caused a zombie outbreak. So, they high tail it out of there and come to an abandoned area where they could set the damn body and the car on fire. Now that all of the zombies were dead was everything back to normal again? No! Dan remembers Jennie! They never killed her and he just hoped when he got out he secured the basement window ... to be continued.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daniell Marsh

    I wanted to read some spooky stories as it is the month of October and I really don’t usually read them. I have to say the reason is that I have too vivid of an imagination so it sticks with me. This year I wanted to do something different and try again. I am not sure if this was a good decision after reading this story. So I read the description and thought it sounded interesting. Maybe one that wouldn’t be too creepy even if it did contain zombies. Can you hear me laughing at myself. Ya it was I wanted to read some spooky stories as it is the month of October and I really don’t usually read them. I have to say the reason is that I have too vivid of an imagination so it sticks with me. This year I wanted to do something different and try again. I am not sure if this was a good decision after reading this story. So I read the description and thought it sounded interesting. Maybe one that wouldn’t be too creepy even if it did contain zombies. Can you hear me laughing at myself. Ya it was creepy. Yet I can say it was a really good story and got me caught up right away. I liked the characters and the world building. I could picture it happening the way the author described it. I think in a way for me that made it worse as it made it more believable. Well done, for me I could feel my heart beating fast by the end. Like I said I don’t usually read or even watch movies like this for a reason. Saying that I would look for more by this author as the writing style and characters was well done. Seemed like I just started it and I was at the end. The end does leave an opening for more and I do want to know more, yet there was also an ending that I was satisfied with for now. I did received an ARC for an honest review. I would recommend this book to others and am thinking I should go buy it so when the next part comes out I can reread this part first to get back into the mood.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me why I love the zombie genre so much. This one is a different take because it's the very beginning, the origin story if you will. I got an ARC copy, but it didn't effect my opinion whatsoever. I found myself tearing through this book to see what happened. Like many of these types of books, the main characters made some really stupid decisions. I give them latitude because they're young and in a stressful situation. There are some flaws and I found one ty I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me why I love the zombie genre so much. This one is a different take because it's the very beginning, the origin story if you will. I got an ARC copy, but it didn't effect my opinion whatsoever. I found myself tearing through this book to see what happened. Like many of these types of books, the main characters made some really stupid decisions. I give them latitude because they're young and in a stressful situation. There are some flaws and I found one typo, but this is a very enjoyable book that does what it sets out to do. It's a creepy zombie story that delivers. I would recommend it if these are the types of stories you enjoy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Sauceda

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the suspense of the story. The characters were great. You have a mix of emotions from each of the characters. For me, this was a quick read and I devoured it. The story just jumps right in and follows Thomas, Jennie and Dan and then the suspense builds real quick. You learn that they are all kids who have to make quick decisions. At one point you are trying to figure out what happen to start this chain of events. It's not your typical zombie book and th I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the suspense of the story. The characters were great. You have a mix of emotions from each of the characters. For me, this was a quick read and I devoured it. The story just jumps right in and follows Thomas, Jennie and Dan and then the suspense builds real quick. You learn that they are all kids who have to make quick decisions. At one point you are trying to figure out what happen to start this chain of events. It's not your typical zombie book and that is what I loved about it. Nick Clausen does a wonderful job with keeping the reader entertain. Overall this is a wonderful book to read. ***This is an advanced reader's copy***

  9. 5 out of 5

    Netanella

    "Dead Meat" is a newish zombie series that relates a zombie outbreak in Denmark, one day at a time. Yes, it's been before, but Nick Clausen's books are always fun to read, with interesting characters and a unique voice. I feel as if I've read a million zombie stories by American authors, and British authors, so getting more of an international feel is always fun. Here, we have young Danish teenagers encountering a Haitian voodoo zombie on a newspaper delivery run. The characters are relatable, th "Dead Meat" is a newish zombie series that relates a zombie outbreak in Denmark, one day at a time. Yes, it's been before, but Nick Clausen's books are always fun to read, with interesting characters and a unique voice. I feel as if I've read a million zombie stories by American authors, and British authors, so getting more of an international feel is always fun. Here, we have young Danish teenagers encountering a Haitian voodoo zombie on a newspaper delivery run. The characters are relatable, the plot is quick and sufficiently gory and bloody for a zombie romp, and there's even a little bit of zombie humor: The zombie reaches out its arms, moans, then steps in its own intestines, trips and falls onto the hood of the car. The ending is the perfect set up for Day 2 of "Dead Meat." I look forward to more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    LaToya

    This book is amazing. I subscribed at the end to get day zero to see how it all happened. I can't wait to read the rest. Finally an action packed zombie series without out the extra narrative. You'll be sorry if you don't read this series. Because it was the best book I've read in ages!!! I'm just sorry I didn't find it sooner. You won't regret reading this. I promise.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Seraphia

    Dead Meat: Day 1 is a horror thriller by Nick Clausen that promises readers a trip down “scary lane.” This story takes place in Denmark with three teenagers out on a regular day not expecting the horrors that they are about to face as one simply goes into an old woman’s house to do a simple job – deliver a newspaper. Things take a horrific turn with a gruesome discovery that, due to a cruel twist of fate, has far-reaching consequences. Being an avid fan and lover of horror movies and always look Dead Meat: Day 1 is a horror thriller by Nick Clausen that promises readers a trip down “scary lane.” This story takes place in Denmark with three teenagers out on a regular day not expecting the horrors that they are about to face as one simply goes into an old woman’s house to do a simple job – deliver a newspaper. Things take a horrific turn with a gruesome discovery that, due to a cruel twist of fate, has far-reaching consequences. Being an avid fan and lover of horror movies and always looking for my next thrill from a horror story, I was eager to dive into this book. I was eager to see where the author would take me in the familiar troupe of zombies and death. I have to say I was not disappointed. The author does a fantastic job with this short story keeping me engaged as to what was going to happen next. I’m pleased to say that a couple of characters do a lot better than I was expecting. I was honestly expecting some of the typical clichés seen in horror movies where nobody does the obvious. I guess it helps that one of the characters watched quite a few horror movies and knows what should be done. I can honestly say that there is nothing I don’t like about this book. Be forewarned…there is no happy ending…as this is just the beginning. I will admit that I got annoyed with one of the characters, but I know that this was done with intent by the author. The author does his best to make these characters as true to life in this story and it works! We see the humanity in them as they try to resist doing the “ultimate” deed in the name of survival. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book is truly a horror success and I look forward to learning what happens next as a terrible realization hits one of the characters at the end, and one that I’m sure will have you yelling at them (and it falling on deaf ears). If you enjoy horror stories, zombies, and well-created characters then I highly recommend this story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    JenniferJ

    If you're looking for a quick and fun zombie read this October you can't go wrong with Dead Meat: Day 1 from Nick Clausen! As the story opens we're already in full action mode and it doesn't slow down at all! We have 3 teens who started out on a rather normal day that went south in no time. For those who aren't as zombie savvy as I'd like to think I am this could be a scary eye opener for you (lock your doors and keep your teddy bears near) but for me it was like watching one of those fun zombie If you're looking for a quick and fun zombie read this October you can't go wrong with Dead Meat: Day 1 from Nick Clausen! As the story opens we're already in full action mode and it doesn't slow down at all! We have 3 teens who started out on a rather normal day that went south in no time. For those who aren't as zombie savvy as I'd like to think I am this could be a scary eye opener for you (lock your doors and keep your teddy bears near) but for me it was like watching one of those fun zombie movies on tv where the folks have no clue what is going on exactly and I'm on my couch yelling to "aim for the head" or screaming at them to "not git bit"! *I was given an advanced copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was so good and entertaining. It's fast paced and pulls you in right away. I was kept on the edge of my seat with my heart racing. One of my biggest issues with zombie stories is the believably, this was told in a way that made it feel real and possible. I really liked the characters. There's some angst among these three teens who find themselves in this terrifying survival situation. I loved that we were thrown in at day one and that the characters weren't clueless. I can't wait for the ne This was so good and entertaining. It's fast paced and pulls you in right away. I was kept on the edge of my seat with my heart racing. One of my biggest issues with zombie stories is the believably, this was told in a way that made it feel real and possible. I really liked the characters. There's some angst among these three teens who find themselves in this terrifying survival situation. I loved that we were thrown in at day one and that the characters weren't clueless. I can't wait for the next one. I highly recommend this for any zombie lovers or anyone who wants a good creepy read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katharina

    In Dead Meat three friends have to escape the house of an old woman that turned into a zombie. Being trapped in the cellar it's not easy to get around zombie granny. Then worst case happens: one of them turns as well. Will the other two escape or will all of them have the same fate? Dead Meat isn't your usual zombie apocalypse story, but it's as suspenseful as them. I really like how Nick Clausen can make you feel like you're also there, even though it's such a short read! So I can recommend the In Dead Meat three friends have to escape the house of an old woman that turned into a zombie. Being trapped in the cellar it's not easy to get around zombie granny. Then worst case happens: one of them turns as well. Will the other two escape or will all of them have the same fate? Dead Meat isn't your usual zombie apocalypse story, but it's as suspenseful as them. I really like how Nick Clausen can make you feel like you're also there, even though it's such a short read! So I can recommend the book to everyone liking zombies but being bugged out by apocalypses.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Margaux Espinosa

    Damn! That was suspenseful as hell. I have a serious obsession with zombies so of course this was right up my ally. I loved how short and full of complications and suspense this read was. Nick Clausen always does a great job making his horror stories feel like they’re real. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering what they were going to do next what else could possibly go wrong. Then the cliffhanger, I need to know what happens on day two now!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Iseult Murphy

    Three teenage friends encounter zombies in an isolated country house while on a paper route. Zombies may be past their freshest, but I love them, and Nick Clausen does them justice with a taut, suspenseful tale. I liked the characters, found the situation realistic and enjoyed the level of gore. If this is day 1, I can’t wait to read day 2!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emilie Hrabak

    I love stories that take place over one day because it shows you just how much can go wrong quickly over the course of one day. I loved the unexpected twist and this was an interesting take on a zombie origin story. I’m excited to see what unfurls in the next book in the series!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arely Ayala

    I am really getting into this series! I read the prequel Day 0 and it has hooked me in. The books are not long but they are have great characters that are well written and the plot is flowing very well. From what I am seeing I am definitely going to read the rest of the series. The conversations and the characters are given great detail but nothing is over exaggerated. Highly recommend, it mostly deals with young characters, teens and young adults but it is very intriguing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robin Perryman

    Day 1 This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed reading Day 1. It starts off different than other books I've read in this genre. It was well written, I didn't notice any errors. The characters in the basement seemed relatable but I'm not sure about the residents and how they start the apocalypse so I'm gonna stick around and see. It looks like it's going to be a good story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Short and definitely not sweet! Dead Meat:Day 1 is a zombie story with a difference. It’s short but full of adrenaline rushes and moments of extreme fear. You get to experience what happens when a person is contaminated. And you see ground zero and how it all began. Absolutely awesome reading!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark Carnelley

    Unique take on a well read genre. A great short and fast-paced zombie read that doesn’t let up on the action. For me, this was a unique way for the “Z” virus to start which made for an interesting tale that didn’t disappoint for the genre. Definite five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars for an enjoyable read. Looking forward to continuing this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Scarolet Ellis

    Dead Meat: Day 1 by Nick Clausen is a great story to read. This is a great start to a brand new series that I have enjoyed reading very much. I recommend this story to everyone. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Asiaman

    Dead meat was a prequel and really did not give me enough info to decide what the full book would be like. Instead of the normal zombie virus attack this book uses voodo to cause the zombie to rise from the dead. Just have to wait to see what the full book is like.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Action packed and interesting but it almost moved along the story to quickly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kimm Reilly

    Fast, easy read This is a short story, covering just a few hours of time but it’s a nice set up if nothing else.

  26. 4 out of 5

    debra k howell

    Dull This book did not hold my attention at all. The characters seemed constantly befuddled. The slow reaction was very annoying.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Triscilla Bryan

    Book review The title first caught my attention I have been reading s lot of zombie type books this book is good.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kit Tee

    Kittee Approved This book has been read, laughed at, gasped at, cried over, nd is now cherished nd treasured by Kittee. Read It!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angie Anderson

    Back to an old beginning A new twist on an old story. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the first offering in this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Harcourt

    Scary I read zombie stories all the time, I have read hundreds. This was a scary edge of your seat book. I loved it.

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