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Here we go with another fun book tag I unearthed.  Who doesn’t want to assemble characters from their favorite books into a zombie apocalypse survival group?  Let’s see who I wind up with.

The Rules:

  • Choose five books
  • Set up your books in any order
  • Flip to a random page and write down the first two names you see
  • Put the names in order in the categories down below
  • Watch the world burn

Books I Chose:

  • Persepolis Rising, by James S.A. Corey – James Holden and Naomi Nagata
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson – Kelsier and Vin
  • Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert – Darwi Odrade and Alma Mavis Taraza
  • Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien – Bilbo and Frodo Baggins
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling – Severus Snape and Hermione Granger

Uh-oh, not a redshirt in the bunch.  This might get painful. On paper, though, I couldn’t have asked for a much better crew.


First Person To Die –

James Holden (Persepolis Rising).  Eh, maybe this isn’t such a bad thing.  Holden has a tendency to draw a lot of attention to himself that greatly complicates life for those in his wake.  I could see him getting the group killed or worse in the zombie apocalypse.

The Person You Trip To Escape The Zombies –

Naomi Nagata (Persepolis Rising).  I feel bad about this one, but let me try to rationalize.  Naomi’s expertise is in advanced computing and engineering which probably won’t be needed in the zombie apocalypse.  More importantly, her physical inability to handle Earth’s gravity after a lifetime in space would make her a huge liability.

The Person That Trips You To Get Away From The Zombies –

Kelsier (Mistborn: The Final Empire).  I’d like to think that it was a situation where it was either him or me, or perhaps karmic retribution for Naomi, but I can kind of see this one.  Especially if I hadn’t proven my usefulness to the group at that point.

The First Person To Turn Into A Zombie –

Vin (Mistborn: The Final Empire).  Ouch.  That’s a significant blow to our survival chances right there.  Not only do we lose her formidable fighting and scouting abilities, but we also lose her experience as a scavenger and thief.  This one hurts folks, but I’m sure she went out a hero.

The Team Idiot –

Darwi Odrade (Heretics of Dune).  If she is the idiot, the rest of the team must be exceptionally intelligent.  The only way I believe this is if you factor in melange withdrawal.

The Brain of the Group –

Alma Mavis Taraza (Heretics of Dune).  Seems highly likely.  Taraza has a formidable intelligence along with superior skills in leadership, tactics, and leveraging social and political influences.  Melange withdrawal is again a concern though.

The Team Medic –

Bilbo Baggins (The Return of the King).  We might be in trouble here unless old Bilbo has some tricks up his sleeve.  I hope pipe weed and ale have medicinal powers way beyond what I am aware of.

The Weapons Expert –

Frodo Baggins (The Return of the King).  Frodo is one brave and resourceful Hobbit, but he wasn’t exactly a fighter.  Fortunately this is a pretty veteran group that doesn’t need much advice on weaponry.

The Brawler –

Severus Snape (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).  Yeah, I can get behind this choice.  Especially with Vin out of commission and Kelsier busy tripping me.  No chance he beats either Odrade or Taraza in a duel, but there’s no doubt he’s suited to this role.

The Team Leader –

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).  Feeling pretty confident with Hermione as team leader.  I can only imagine how badass she’d turn out with both Odrade and Taraza around to guide her.