This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Not that author Nadia Gilkes is preoccupied with death as much as Woody Allen, but something in Woke Up Dead will make us ponder on the lessons of dying that will make us appreciate life more. This lighthearted novella is not a zombie story, but rather a magnified look at the celebration of being alive and a rational foundation on accepting death by the time it knocks on our door. Picture this: Hope “Ham” Allison is a brilliant statistician who, by some twist of fate, fell into a coma and has been declared deceased. Mayhem ensues when she wakes up at her own funeral. As she tries to put her life back in order, she discovers how her family and relatives have accommodated the event of her passing. They cleaned out her apartment, her credit card is over the limit, and her pet piranha is missing. Her resurrection is captured on YouTube and that makes matters worse. There is no support group for the descendants of Lazarus.
This novella effectively addresses the deepest truths in the fewest words and in ways that will make us shed tears of laughter. Ms. Gilkes is a highly original story-weaver who offers us the premise that rebuilding our life can be complicated as it hinges on the old existentialist adage that hell is other people. Life may be beautiful, but it entails plenty of responsibility. As the protagonist’s “To Do List” increases, we understand that a new lease on life would prove challenging. In the long run, the story makes us reach the sordid truth that we are the only ones who will genuinely care for ourselves, and that we must learn not to depend on anyone. This is a story that does not deal with a supernatural afterlife, but it is about a surreal, absurd existence. If Woke Up Dead leaves you smiling or nodding your head in assent after reading, then Ms. Gilkes has done her job.