What is ‘The Last Day in the Life of Jillian’ about?
The Last Days.2013 Apocolypse. Jillian and Evan drake have been trying to hold it together while the whole world is falling apart around them. Quakes, Tsunamis and other natural disasters destroy different areas of the globe, but in their part of the world,they have been cursed with the plague of the undead. Evan is injured and its left up to Jillian to decide when to end their lives. She recalls the events leading up to their demise as she waits for the change to take place. This is the first of The Last Days series. Look for Book Two ‘Kate’s Calling’ to follow the story.
Our ‘The Last Day in the Life of Jillian’ Review
The Last Day in the Life of Jillian tells the story of Jill and her husband Evan. They live in a suburb in Florida along with the other neighbors. Jake, Evelyn, Dan and Dawn to name a few. Jill has an interest in all things zombie, be it video games, books, or movies along with other things rooted in fantasy. When a zombie outbreak in the real world hits their part of the country, Jill thinks that she’ll be in good shape considering her interest in the genre.
However, this is where events as she pictured them do not play out well in the real world. They aren’t swarmed by the infected. In fact, they don’t see any of them until several days into the outbreak. The zombie they do see is what Jill sees through the neighbor’s window as he’s engaging in an activity that one wouldn’t expect.
The only military response that the neighborhood has seen is the posting of a small unit of soldiers and at the main intersection and some protocols introduced such as FEMA taking over the local grocery stores and rationing the products inside. Jill and Evan realize that staying where they are is not a good option. With the help of Old Joe, the typical grumpy old man next door, they devise an plan to head out to someplace potentially safer.
The Last Day in the Life of Jillian is not your standard zombie fare. While told as a somewhat journalistic entry, the story line is captivating and strong. Jillian, the main character, is believable and well developed. The images, as seen through her eyes, hold the reader spellbound. This novella does not have cardboard cut out supporting characters in regard to the neighbors. Each of these characters is fleshed out and developed to a point where the reader gets an excellent image of who they are and what part they play in the overall plot.
This is the first novella by Julie Cooper-Brown. It is not a weak story or a poor attempt at putting words on paper. This is a great read and well worth a follow-up as there are more in the series.