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Can You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

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Paul Gonzalez
• Wednesday, 28 October, 2020
• 28 min read

Windows Phone It's a lot of silliness, a lot of stupidity, and really...anyone who's read his or her fair share of zombie horror movies will find the majority of the scenarios frustrating and unbelievable.

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The choices offered are so very limited, and so often incredibly stupid, that I never felt like I was a part of the adventure. In order to be immersed in this type of choose-your-own type book, the reader actually has to believe in the credibility of the characters' actions and thoughts, and I just could not put myself in the position of the person in the book.

You live in a crappy, overpriced studio apartment in Manhattan. Up until now, your day-to-day life offered few surprises. But today, on a hot and humid July morning, zombies have come to Manhattan.

I like to think I'm a little more rational and intelligent than the person depicted. The scenarios are short vignettes, pages long at times, at the end of which, the reader gets to choose between one of several options regarding their next step.

As the story starts, I'm doing my daily grind, counting down the minutes until 5 PM, bored as fuck; anyone can relate to that, really. The cute receptionist bursts into the conference room, blabbering something incoherently and turns on the TV.

As she tosses her head back to chew, stringy flesh hangs from her teeth. Mobs of the infected form from the infected hospital source, hordes stumble from within, drenched in blood, faces pasty white. It's pretty obvious that it's a zombie apocalypse.

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You get to choose between drinking away the pain with beer or taking a call from your mom. You want to stay inside your apartment, where it's safe (NO IT'S NOT, MANHATTAN IS BEING OVERRUN BY THE LIVING DEAD.

Which you take, because MONEY IS SO VERY IMPORTANT WHEN THERE ARE ZOMBIES ALL OVER THE PLACE AND RAMPANT LOOTING IN STORES. Then you fucking run into some movie buffs preparing for a fictional Zombie Walk (which is unfortunately now a very, very real thing).

Everyone's fucking read The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead, and we theoretically know how to behave when confronted with situations where we might be eaten. Go reread some Max Brooks; his books are more realistic and more enjoyable.

This book just made me want to stand in one place and be eaten by the zombies ; at least it'd be a quick death and I wouldn't hate myself for “my” idiocy throughout the entire decision-making process within this so-called “adventure.” Zombies hit Manhattan while you are in the middle of a corporate company meeting.

Zombies hit Manhattan while you are in the middle of a corporate company meeting. This is the moment where all those Zombie books and movies are supposed to mean something.

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How many times were you yelling at them not to hide but to keep running, to remain out in the open, to leave the wounded and helpless behind? My husband, my 8 and 13-year-olds, and I snuggled up on the couch and passed CanYouSurvive The Zombie Apocalypse back and forth as we each took turns reading from its pages.

We chose to answer the phone when we saw “mom” was calling, rather than ignore it and get wasted on beer. Mom made us take the ferry to get off the island, but the zombies were already out there, so we ran and hid in a meat packing warehouse.

There were other people in there, Zombie aficionados, and we decided to cover ourselves in raw meat and cow guts to disguise our smell and “Shaun of the Dead” ourselves out into the crowd and over to the water where we would swim to Liberty Island. As the others executed the plan, we attempted to distract the zombies, and wound up being chased by loads of them, straight into the meat freezer.

The cool thing about this book is the fact that we can start all over again tomorrow and make better decisions and hopefully last longer than we did tonight. We can read this book 100 times and come up with 100 different outcomes.

Family Fun Night at the TN BBC house has returned, and it's all thanks to Max Rallied and his hilarious, heart-racing, nerve-wracking, blood-drenched roller-coaster ride of a story! Before we start, a big thank you, Max Rallied for sending me a signed copy of this book to review.

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Before we start, a big thank you, Max Rallied for sending me a signed copy of this book to review. I love the vintage look it has, as if it's a well-read 70s favorite paperback melded with a graphic novel.

I love both versions of the cover art, and the artwork inside is amazing. Pen and ink, comic-book style sketches that perfectly fit and complement the stories inside.

I liked and could identify with the characters, especially me (AKA: the main character), who was a perfect blend of Regular Joe and Rambo as needed and as fit the story for the choices made. I loved the tension of reading this, not knowing if my choice would be the right one, or if it would be the one that led to disaster.

Or just hardcore (are you going to smoke or not that pot or play “Trainspotting” and have heroine with that Hell's Angels biker? Another good ending was the one where you got infected and then Han a nice but too short zombie pow scene just before dying, but my most favorite one was the path with the cameos of George Romero and Tom “Sex Machine” Saving as themselves.

I survived two readings of this book making different choices each time! I felt a bit like a kid again reading a choose your own adventure.

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But there is the nice thing that zombies are a very lowest denominator kind of plot point. Books about zombies don't tend to be super smart and philosophical and complicated to follow.

I mean the fact is that I started reading and thought, wow I know so many uneducated idiot guys who act exactly like this... Interruption: this book promises that unlike regular zombie movies where you have to watch people act like idiots and have no power here you get to make the choices.

The time between the choices is such that you still watch him do completely retarded things. Youcan 't get a train in rush hour why the fuck would you expect to get one in the middle of a zombie Apocalypse just silly, and morality...

I honestly cannot think of a time I have had more fun reading a book, and darn-it I will survive the zombie apocalypse ! A pretty interesting book, but definitely a novelty item.

What the book actually strives to do is serve as an homage to the “geek” side of zombie fandom. (You know... the ones who do more than just watch an occasional zombie movie...) With that ambition to fulfil, the book does really well as a tribute.

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A pretty interesting book, but definitely a novelty item. What the book actually strives to do is serve as an homage to the “geek” side of zombie fandom.

(You know... the ones who do more than just watch an occasional zombie movie...) With that ambition to fulfil, the book does really well as a tribute. The only time the book seems to go too far into “fanboy” sycophant ism is during the George Romero “cameo” sequence.

It adds realism to the story, and could actually serve as a cool zombie -enhanced” tour guidebook to a visitor to New York City. Unfortunately, the main character in the book is rather stupid, and after you make a decision, the character usually makes another 3-5 decisions on his own, so your choices are not alone to blame when you die at one of the 50 different endings.

Quite a few are actually endings in which you survive to fight on another day. But... unless you write down exactly where you've been, you'll eventually lose interest in going through this book to get the last few endings, because it's hard to remember exactly what choices you've made, and it all starts becoming similar.

Most of the pages could have overlapped, because there wasn't anything gender-specific, but it would have made me feel less alienated as a reader. I made really stupid choices, yet it took me like 4 really dumb ones to finally die.

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So you want to write a Choose Your Own Adventure book for grown-ups. I still make a tiny pile of bookmarks, so I can explore every single choice in the whole book and die in as many horrible ways as possible.

So you want to write a Choose Your Own Adventure book for grown-ups. I still make a tiny pile of bookmarks, so I can explore every single choice in the whole book and die in as many horrible ways as possible.

Here's a hypothetical example: you are given the choice between getting on a bus out of town or taking a cab. If you take the bus, the driver will get zombified, and you'll end up dying in a twelve car pileup.

If you take the cab, the twelve car pileup will still happen, you just won't be in it. I am not a stereotypical guy in my early twenties, and that would throw me out of the experience at times.

This is so not going to be a problem for most of the people who are likely to pick up a zombie themed adult CYA. Well according to the average outcome from my choices while reading this little gem...umm no apparently I can 't, unless I team up with a ninja stripper and hide behind her feathered g-string. This book is the adult version of all those Choose Your Own Adventure books we read and loved in childhood.

It's a great way to pass some time while waiting in the doctors' office. Well according to the average outcome from my choices while reading this little gem...umm no apparently I can 't, unless I team up with a ninja stripper and hide behind her feathered g-string. This book is the adult version of all those Choose Your Own Adventure books we read and loved in childhood.

It's a great way to pass some time while waiting in the doctors' office. Each adventure is fairly quick and if you don't like the outcome, well toucan just start over.

Now some choices presented for your character are a little, shall we say silly and probably not the best thing to do during a Zombie uprising, but on the whole I rather enjoyed this book. It did provide me with quite a few laughs out loud moments and that is mainly what I look for in reads of this type.

It comes off as short, considering you make choices and therefore skip chapters and don't read half of it. It comes off as short, considering you make choices and therefore skip chapters and don't read half of it.

To be able to control the outcome of a book, to actually make choices and live through an apocalypse ! A choose your own adventure zombie adventure. I loved these so much as a child.

Or will you die amidst the chaos and violence of a zombie uprising? Or worse of all, will you become one of them...? The choice is yours. Or will you die amidst the chaos and violence of a zombie uprising? Or worse of all, will you become one of them...? The choice is yours.

I recently read another book by Max Rallied, and I wanted to know if he wrote other stuff. Thus, I stumbled upon this book, I was interested, zombies are one of my favorite scary monsters, and I just loved how the cover looked (like a paperback from the 70s or 80s).

But first I started reading it, I followed a route, but bumped into so many choices that I decided to make a chart. So I got my dear boyfriend, and we both started typing down all the possible endings, all the possible routes, and by Lord, it is BIG, HUGE, there are countless routes, countless endings.

Of course the whole You did this, and You did that, took some time to get used to, but after a while you don't even think it is weird or strange, and you just get lost in the story. At times, I was just laughing my butt off from various situations which were just super hilarious, or silly.

Stripper + swords + kick ass moves = WOW. There are tons of gore, quite a few references to drugs and alcohol, a bit of swearing, and several other things.

Now the gore can also be present in some kid/YA books, but generally those keep it quite clean. But this book made me feel a bit sick in the stomach.

Guts, intestines, heads being blown off, zombies tucking in a human. Even though the main character wasn't one I identify with (I am a woman for starters), with the POV we have, we were just smack dab in the middle of all the horrible stuff that happened.

It was at times really gruesome, normally toucan distance yourself a bit, still feeling sorry for the character of course, but you aren't as close to the action as it was with this book. My favorites would be Yakima, Chuck and the apartment building story.

You could click on the choices, but sadly my reader hated doing that, often flipping out, it sometimes took quite a few tries before I could get my reader to understand that I wanted to click a link, and not wanted it to open the menus. That was quite annoying, as I just wanted to continue the story, find out about stuff, and then my reader would just be like: NOPE.

This book, as I originally suspected would be, turned out to be another exercise in typical zombie cheesiness. Clearly, just another author who decided to cash in the zombie craze of today.

Normally I would expect a “choose-your-own-adventure-book” to be a little on the “kiddie” side but New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Mayberry is quoted on the cover saying the story is “devious and very adult”. If you are into genuinely disturbing and SCARY zombies, skip this book.

You'll be happy to know that I (if it follows the path I took in the book) will survive. After my nap we had a mini showdown and needless to say I made the best decisions because I survived.

I wanted to be the stupid person in the movie that makes the dumb decisions. I wanted to be the dumb person that mocked someone's fears only to get attacked while laughing at them.

So I adopted a plan I tagged, “Think Like a Dummy and Get Devoured by Zombies in easy steps”. I should show my husband this as proof of how impossible it is for me to make stupid decisions.

If you're going to stick the word Zombie into a title, and then leave it up to the (let's face it, confused and unfortunate) masses to save themselves, don't make the endings simplistic. If you're going to stick the word Zombie into a title, and then leave it up to the (let's face it, confused and unfortunate) masses to save themselves, don't make the endings simplistic.

But if you're reading this to begin with I'm assuming you're not looking for gilded flowery writing. A few of the questionable endings are him berating you for making the 'stupid' choice (leaving the kids to die, telling the hottest girl ever to go away) to save yourself.

Personally I think it would make more sense not to trust a situation you have no control over. My sister and I were discussing some decisions and consequences Rallied has in his book and were doubted the wisdom more often than not.

Interesting things can occur-- you have a chance to join the Hell's Angels New York Chapter at one point in fact, but it's very easy to let these things suddenly distract you. There is only one path to take to reach the 'true' ending and navigating the treacherous waters of the choices isn't as easy as it may sound.

It took me twenty tries to finally nail down how to puzzle out the path to the end, though it was worth it. Inside jokes abound, especially when our lead character runs into a crowd dressed for the 'Undead Walk'.

Standard trivia things, but still amusing for a Zombie Enthusiast. Those with weak stomachs when watching horror films should never touch this book.

This does seem like something that would be a fun party game or dinner discussion--pop out the book and then discuss with friends and loved ones whether preemptively killing your friend is a wise choice or will ultimately lead to your death. Is by no means a good book, and I won't even try to glorify it in any way.

What I expected when I bought this was that I was about to be in for a tailor made experience filled with many opportunities to exercise my choices. What I got was a couple of quirky choices, and an overall storyline experience that was far too short for my liking.

One of the most disappointing things I found about this book was the absolute disregard for your choices. Is by no means a good book, and I won't even try to glorify it in any way.

What I expected when I bought this was that I was about to be in for a tailor made experience filled with many opportunities to exercise my choices. What I got was a couple of quirky choices, and an overall storyline experience that was far too short for my liking.

One of the most disappointing things I found about this book was the absolute disregard for your choices. You are forced to play as the Saint/Paragon/Messiah complexdouchebag even during your very limited time actually partaking in making the decisions.

Especially when the results of your seemingly intelligent choices take you to an African safari where there are even more zombies that will try to rustle your jimmies with an unsatisfying amount of suspense. The synopsis promised that you would make meaningful moral, pragmatic, psychological, and strategic decisions.

Where this book differs is that the text is usually several pages instead of a paragraph or two, leading to the feeling that when you’ve reached one of the game’s endings you’ve just read a pretty cool zombie novella. In my walkthroughs, I never found an instant-kill scenario and was never trapped in one of those loops some game books have.

Instead of flipping to page numbers, the choices are smart-linked and the bookmark function let me jump back to explore alternate paths. Choose Your Own Adventure books were a pretty fun part of my early reading experience and this was no exception.

A wide variety of endings, possible story lines and great characters to run into along the way. You'll find all of that in Rallied's zombie book making it one of my favorite of this book type. I don't want to delve too deep into the sort of adventures you're going to have here (after all that's probably one of the more appealing aspects of cho.

Choose Your Own Adventure books were a pretty fun part of my early reading experience and this was no exception. A wide variety of endings, possible story lines and great characters to run into along the way.

You'll find all of that in Rallied's zombie book making it one of my favorite of this book type. I don't want to delve too deep into the sort of adventures you're going to have here (after all that's probably one of the more appealing aspects of choose your own- all the neat surprises) but I will say that you're likely to have a chuckle at some outcomes, a kick about others and some great adventure fun with some more. There are plenty of ideas in zombie novels that get repeated and after a while that can let the monster get run into the ground for horror fans.

In CanYouSurvive however quite a few original ideas and events occur that I have yet to see in fiction or film, from the slapstick to the surreal there really are a lot of neat ways for things to go down. As memory serves most choose your owns had a limit of about 20 endings and some of them got reused by differing plot paths half a dozen times.

The fact that there's enough variety in these plots that retracing your steps to get the other ending isn't at all tedious makes for a heck of an argument for checking the book out. After all not even some best choose your owns from back in the day could say that by the time you'd gotten through most of the story threads.

Max Rallied actually made a 'choose your own adventure' book interesting and fun. I can only remember reading one other book of this type years ago and got annoyed enough to quit it after getting 'killed' several times.

Rallied makes the story interesting and far more than just a different take on zombie novels. Why some choices are straight horror and action, others are quite humorous.

I don't want to give an Max Rallied actually made a 'choose your own adventure' book interesting and fun. I can only remember reading one other book of this type years ago and got annoyed enough to quit it after getting 'killed' several times.

Rallied makes the story interesting and far more than just a different take on zombie novels. Why some choices are straight horror and action, others are quite humorous.

I don't want to give anything away, but comic book and video game fans will have a lot of fun with some options. Another surprise, is now Rallied makes you feel something for the new characters he introduces, sometimes for only a page or two. Also, while the central character you 'play' in the story is initially a jerk you begin to feel sympathy and even concern for the guy as you keep moving him from one situation to another.

Highly recommended, whether you like this sort of books or are just a zombie fan. Why read: An adult zombie choose your own adventure sounded amazing. What impressed me: More often than not, the situations in this book felt realistic.

Nothing was innovative, with most decisions being those zombie fans have already seen numerous times in movies. But that was part of the fun, getting to make the choices you've seen before for yourself, instead of just thinking the movie characters were some sort of idiots.

Why read: An adult zombie choose your own adventure sounded amazing. What impressed me: More often than not, the situations in this book felt realistic. Nothing was innovative, with most decisions being those zombie fans have already seen numerous times in movies.

While the constant deaths were annoying, this is definitely a book zombie fans are going to want to experience for themselves. I don't think I have had this much fun reading a book in a very long time.

Max Rallied takes you on a survival adventure that rivals many great zombie movies. Rallied takes you in so many directions that are completely unpredictable and sometimes ridiculous (in this book was a lot of fun to read.

Max Rallied takes you on a survival adventure that rivals many great zombie movies. Rallied takes you in so many directions that are completely unpredictable and sometimes ridiculous (funnily).

It is a super fun read, but was definitely written by a man, with a guy's perspective, which got very obnoxious at times. It is a super fun read, but was definitely written by a man, with a guy's perspective, which got very obnoxious at times. Great fun, I lived and died a number of times.

You're in your mid-forties, with fond memories of the Choose Your Own Adventure books. You especially liked the horror titles (you have fond memories of The Mystery of Chimney Rock), so when you discovered that someone had written and published an adult CYA book, written around a zombie apocalypse, of course you had to buy it.

You figure the author and publisher were counting on it. The thing is, you still want to read a good story. You're in your mid-forties, with fond memories of the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

You especially liked the horror titles (you have fond memories of The Mystery of Chimney Rock), so when you discovered that someone had written and published an adult CYA book, written around a zombie apocalypse, of course you had to buy it. You figure the author and publisher were counting on it. The thing is, you still want to read a good story.

It wasn't just the conceit of being the star in the story that appealed to you ; it was also that they drew you in and made you want to find out what happened next. You find that the choices to make aren't meaningful, and neither is the character you're supposed to be.

Fiction is fantasy, sure, but when you're supposed to be the star of the book, the story should reflect as much of that person as possible. You think the book was written for males suffering from arrested development.

More often that not, the stories play out where the main character isn't much of a hero, since he relies on other people to save him more than he does anything himself. Gone is the days of shuffling pages back and forth looking for the next section to read; instead, you have the luxury of clicking on a link and going straight to your choice.

You remember that Kim Newman wrote an adult CYA book, too, called Life's Lottery. And, at least as I kid, I loved “choose your own adventure” books.

So I thought that this would be a match made in heaven for me. I didn't read the entire book (it's a choose your own adventure type, and since some choices were things that I would never do, I didn't really feel the urge to follow the paths that I wouldn't take), but I took several “tracks.” And, at least as I kid, I loved “choose your own adventure” books.

So I thought that this would be a match made in heaven for me. I didn't read the entire book (it's a choose your own adventure type, and since some choices were things that I would never do, I didn't really feel the urge to follow the paths that I wouldn't take), but I took several “tracks.” Basically, even though this book is asking if you will survive the zombie apocalypse, you are actually a “character” in the story.

I don't remember having read any of the Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid. In just one night's sitting I died once, played a hero and saved a bunch of people, and survived an encounter with countless undead and was awaiting rescue.

Sometimes I faced ti don't remember having read any of the Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid. In just one night's sitting I died once, played a hero and saved a bunch of people, and survived an encounter with countless undead and was awaiting rescue.

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