Bee on Books: The Survivalistas: Indiana by Shandy Jo

The Survivalistas: Indiana (The Survivalistas #1)

  • By Shandy Jo
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: March 2nd 2014 by Smashwords
  • Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
  • Source: review copy
  • In a Buzz: Unusual project, intriguing
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    “Citizens are warned not to eat any meat products.”
    Indiana is the perfect daughter girl-girl for her mom and tom boy for her dad. While spending the weekend at her fathers survival school, she returns to find the world in the grip of a bio-terrorist attack.
    Terrorist have infected several meat packing plants across the US. People are getting sick and dieing… then coming back.
    With her best friend Suzie and Redneck Hottie Ryan in tow she has to put her survival training to the test in order to keep them alive, in a world filling with zombies… who are trying to infect them.
    ~ Goodreads


    Fluttering Thoughts:

    That’s sweet: This is an intriguing short story project first published on Shandy Jo’s blog as a serial and then as a full length copy on Smashwords. This first book throws you into a world we know rapidly changing into a nightmare and how Indiana and her friends try to deal with it. The world building seems pretty realistic to me:

    At first everything seems to be normal and when Indiana comes back from a weekend at her parents survival school a virus in meat changes humans into Zombies. Shandy describes how fast order can change into chaos when unusual circumstances arise. She however does not hang on to it too much. It is not an unbearable gory situation. Rather an objective description of what might happen.

    There is romance obviously under difficult circumstances. Maybe quickened by the circumstances, but certainly not unrealistic. In my opinion the characters are pretty interesting as they are not too much a stereotype. And I love that.

    That stings: The next two books are not published yet. I would love to know how the zombie apocalypse goes on.

    And the honey of it all?
    All in all this was a very pleasant reading experience. It was over much too fast for my taste, but luckily Shandy Jo has started the second serial on her blog: The Survivalistas Lyric. The idea of the series is to show the different main characters way of dealing with the zombie apocalypse in short story form but I think this is stuff for a fully grown novel. Besides learning how all three girls deal with the difficult situations I would love to know where that virus induced meat scandal ends.
    But I have a feeling I find out more about that in the other books.



    13 thoughts on “Bee on Books: The Survivalistas: Indiana by Shandy Jo

    1. Shandy Jo

      Bee thank you for the wonderful review. I’m glad you liked it and are enjoying book 2. I’m working hard to get it out. 🙂
      Ladies thank you all for commenting, if anyone has any suggestions on how I can make the cover better please let me know your free to email me at


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