For stop on the Zombie Crawl, we are spotlighting Tara Brown's The Seventh Day. And you get an exclusive Q&A with Lou!
The Seventh Day by Tara Brown
She looks like she did yesterday.
But today her face is calm, dead calm. All their faces are dead calm until one of us makes a noise.
The noise wakes them and then it starts. Their heads jerk to the right three times rapidly as they stand in the most awkward way.
That's when we run.
That's when we hide.
That's how we stay alive until The Seventh Day!
Silence is survival!
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Q&A with Lou from The Seventh Day
Interviewer: “Welcome Lou. Can you describe the scene in front of you as we speak?”
Lou: “Oh, uhm sure. There isn’t much to say. The biters are dying off slowly. We don't know what’s killing them, exactly. We thought maybe exposure. The ones who aren’t dead are standing still, frozen there until one of us makes a noise, but we don't do that much. I guess I’m just standing on the west coast, staring at the ocean and hoping to find my dad.”
Interviewer: “How did you find yourself on the west coast? That's a long way from Laurel?”
Lou: “It’s a very long way. We stole vehicles. We hid in places that were overrun. We drove all day and night, eating packaged food.” Long pause. “I guess I came here because we heard that the base on Whidbey was a safe zone. That the military had been able to make a biter-free place.”
Interviewer: “And have you found that? Are you safe?”
Lou: “No. I don't think the word safe means what it did a week ago. Safe used to be my whole life and I didn't even think on it or consider the word. Now I realize it’s a short-term state of mind based on ammunition and a place to hide.”
Interviewer: “Are you alone?”
Lou: “No. I have friends with me here on the coast and my little sister and her friends are at my ski cabin. They’re safe there, but again it’s a short-term word now.”
Interviewer: “How old are you, Lou?”
Lou: “Uh, seventeen. I’ll be eighteen in a month. So almost eighteen.”
Interviewer: “So where are your parents?”
Lou: “Well, my mom is gone. She went early on. I locked her under the stairs but she broke out. But she’s gone now. I watched her fingers twitch with their last bit of life.” Another long pause. “My dad is out there. He’s out there somewhere. He’s looking for me. I just know he is.”
Interviewer: “Do you have any advice for the people out there who are alive and/or are hiding?”
Lou: “Don't trust people you meet. Not right away at least. Somehow the bad people seem to survive bad times easier. Don't run unless you know you can get away. Sounds bring them to life. Don't go into the dark, they’re waiting there. Just remember silence is survival. Oh, and once someone is bitten that's it. You have to leave them behind. They get sick right away.”
Interviewer: “Is there anything you wish for, Lou?”
Lou: “I guess I wish that the world could find its way back, maybe not all the way back to the place that got us here. But maybe part way, to a place where good things happened and kids didn't need to be so scared. And not just scared of biters.”
Interviewer: “Do you know how this all started? Have you heard anything?”
Lou: “Uh, well, yes but I’m going to pass on this one because I still don't believe what I heard.”
Interviewer: “And a silly question because some of our listeners just want to know silly things; do you still believe in love or happiness?”
Lou: “I want to say no, but I guess because I’m young and dumb, I do. I have seen real love, even in the last seven days. I have felt love, even in a moment when I shouldn't have, I did.”
Interviewer: “And finally, how do you think this is going to end, Lou? Do you think the infection will be cured? Or do you think the sick will just die off and the rest of us will be okay?”
Whispered response from Lou: “I gotta go.” Silence. A scream. Silence again.
Interviewer: “Lou? Lou, are you all right?” Silence. “Well I guess that's all the time we have for that. Stay tuned for the panel of scientists we have up next as they discuss possible cures and outcomes. And remember people, silence is survival.”
Could you stay alive?
5 Star Review by Cheree/2 Girls & A Book
Another great book! I absolutely love how Lou, the main character, is so real! She is no hero. She is, because she is fighting to survive, and because she does what she has to, even through her failures. But that's just it, she is no fancy fighting, killing machine. She is just a 17 year old girl. I love her weakness, how easily she will admit her fears and her mistakes. This story feels so real and raw. There are some great dystopian/post apoc books that are great, but so unrealistic and hard to relate to. But these characters are relatable, they are scared, they search for coffee!, they pee their pants, they fail and they break down and cry. I loved all the characters instantly, they were all so well written and fun. There are some real emotional parts in here too. Hard parts that make you wonder what you would do, how you would react, could you do certain things? It's a book you can feel connected too. And the story line is just believable enough to be creepy and a little scary. The ending is great, wraps up nicely, but leaves you with something great and some more scary to look forward to. Born is my fav series of all time, and I loved Imaginations too, and The Seventh Day is another amazing book in the dystopian/post apoc genre by Tara Brown writing as AE Watson!