Shades of Gray by C Dulaney is the third installment in the Roads Less Traveled series. The Plan introduced us to a group of people who actually had a Z-plan in place when all hell broke loose. Murphy’s Law showed us how easily the best survival plan can fall apart in a zombie apocalypse. In the third book, Dulaney combines zombies and science, and takes the mix to a new level, which just blows my mind. The author introduces some scientists who have created antibodies to fight the undead, in a way that will shock and entertain zombiephiles. And that is all I can say about that without risking any spoilers.

The characters and their relationships have become more complicated, as they should. I find myself reacting to the people just as much as the action. For example, I was disgusted with Mia’s attitude towards Kasey…as a matter of fact, I was getting real fed up with the way people were taking Kasey for granted, and treating her like she was part of the problem, when Kasey is the main reason most of those folks are still alive. I think this installment is the greatest test of Kasey’s will to survive, so far. As far as Jake goes, it will be interesting to see if he is still the jester of the group after everything that has happened to them at Winchester.

Fans of this series ABSOLUTELY need to read Phoenix: A Roads Less Traveled Novel; the writing style is a little different, and that might throw off a few fans, but the insight Phoenix provides to the series is quite compelling, to say the least.

When I first started reading Phoenix, I thought, “Oh for crying out loud! Psychics?! Really?! Way to ruin a great zombie series…” I am not normally a fan of anything that I perceive as supernatural being mixed with my zombie lit. (Yeah, the irony is not lost on me. LOL) So, I was almost hostile when I began reading this novel. I was positive I was going to hate it, and I would be put off of Dulaney’s writing forever. Boy, was I wrong!

First of all, and this is REALLY IMPORTANT, do NOT read Phoenix until AFTER you have read the other three books in the series. It will make a HUGE difference in what you get out of this novel. As a fan, I would get really excited when I recognized characters from the other books making cameos.

You don’t really get as much character depth as you do in the other storylines, but this book adds an incredible depth to the series as a whole. It is actually quite heart-wrenching, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, having this new insight added to Dulaney’s zombie apocalypse.

I will warn readers that the beginning build-up is a bit slow, and the zombie action doesn’t really get under way until much later in the book, but I feel that this is a must-read for fans of the series.

When I first began this series, I didn’t even know who Dulaney was, but she has made quite a name for herself in the zombie genre, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

  1. Thanks so much, Astra. I’m very happy you enjoyed them. Keep up the great work!

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