Survival by Rhonda Hopkins

This story was previously published in the Let’s Scare Cancer to Death Anthology with other authors such as Claire C. Riley, Marc Tufo, Armand Rosamilia and Eli Constant among others.



By: Rhonda Hopkins
Genres: Horror, Zombies
Pages: 45
Series: Survival Series #1
Published on: June 13, 2014
Survival by Rhonda Hopkins

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

Survival is a 14,000 word (approx. 45 pages) short story and was originally published in the Let's Scare Cancer to Death anthology.


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Melanie’s Review


Survival starts out with one of the main characters, Sarah escaping from the guys who have abducted her and her twin sister, Dana, who has cancer. It sounds like the zombie apocalypse has just recently started because people still have cell phones and cars. When Sara escapes, she goes to the only person she knows who lives nearby, Meredith, who unbeknownst to Sarah has also been dealing with cancer treatments.  After some convincing Meredith lets her in and the story goes from there as they plan to rescue Dana.


I very much enjoyed how this story was written. It’s a nice example of how 2 people who normally don’t get along can attempt to work together for a common goal despite their differences. I’m not going to tell you if they succeed or not, that’s up to you to figure out for yourself J. It shows humanity at maybe not its best, but at least it’s better than usual. People are so caught up in themselves anymore that people don’t take care of each other any longer. Instead of communities of people coming together and helping one another, we have each house is its own little world. It was nice to see that change.


There is quite a bit of action for such a short story. This definitely felt like it was a big story inside a little book. I’m glad the author decided to expand on this story in her Survival Series and give the readers the rest of the story. I know I am curious as to what happens next. That being said, had I not known to expect only a short story, I probably would have been mad at where it ended. I would like for it to be at least a tad bit longer, but since Rhonda Hopkins is coming out with the rest of the story, I suppose I can be patient enough to wait.


I recommend Survival to anyone who likes an action packed zombie book, with main characters who seem to have relatable personalities.


I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


4 stars


About Rhonda Hopkins

Award–winning author, Rhonda Hopkins, has learned firsthand that truth is stranger than fiction. Her two decades of experience as an investigator provide her characters with a depth and realism that gives truth a run for its money. Having come in contact with the best and the worst that society has to offer, Rhonda’s imagination is filled with story ideas. Rhonda writes horror, suspense, romantic suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy.

Rhonda also enjoys reading every bit as much as writing and tends to read a little of everything, but her personal favorites are: suspense/thrillers, romantic suspense, horror, paranormal, and YA. She grew up reading the Nancy Drew series and graduated to Stephen King novels by the time she was twelve.

Rhonda loves living the small town life but enjoys residing close enough to a big city to have the best of both worlds. A native Texan, she resides in the DFW area with her Russian Blue cat. Samantha doesn’t seem to realize she’s a cat and has trained her human quite well. Rhonda even swears she can talk.


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