Dead Last: Volume 1
Marc Quaranta, author
The story begins inside a TV station outside of Indianapolis. A group of people has made shelter inside as an airborne virus is killing over half of the world's population. While the station is running on a backup generator, they don't have food or any supplies to survive. They must go out into the air, survive whatever it is that is out there, and keep themselves alive long enough to make a new plan. However, when they discover there is a survivor's station downtown, they try to get there, but learn they are too late. Everyone is dead, and soon the dead come back to life. Dead Last is a special take on the zombie story because it follows the point of view of five particular characters chapter-by-chapter. Kurt, the self-titled leader of the group who ignored his own relationship to better the group's chance at survival. Jack, the hard-nosed lawyer who doesn't care about anybody but himself. He is a shoot first ask questions later kind of guy. Haylea, is the beautiful reporter who must toughen up to survive the new world. Emily, the doctor who has lost everything, including her husband, but must hold it together to take care of the others. Scott, the man who begins to lose touch with reality. The voices in his head tell him to rape and to kill, but all he wants to do is fit in. Nobody chose to be with the people they've ended up with, but now their only hope of survival is to rely on those they're stranded with. The story ends with them coming together to help anybody in need, only to have their WTIX station overrun by "stragglers."