Hi! First, thank you for a good read. I didn't make it quite all the way through because my head was starting to spin from keeping track of everything, but I pushed through to chapter 9-ish and I'm really glad that I saw this story.
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Apocalyptic stories, with or without zombies, typically aren't my cup of tea, so I'm already impressed because you managed to suck me in. I think you've established just the right amount of tension, so that while there's always an awareness of impending doom, it's not overwhelming. You balance dark moments and light moments very nicely.
My main criticism is simply that of organisation-- you have a lot of characters and a lot of plot lines going on in these beginning chapters, and they can be difficult to keep straight. When the scene changes but you're writing in the first person, it can take me a while to figure out who's speaking and whether they're new or not, and a couple times I had to reread in order to figure it out.
I also noticed that you repeat names a couple times, and I'm not sure if its intentional or not. "Gavin" is the asshole that Ajani kills in the beginning, and then he's also the guy who welcomes them to the outpost. "Nguyen" is the last name of the Gavin that welcomes them to the outpost, and its also Celina's last name. I think you might also have a typo at some point in the Gavin & Fred scene-- the name Martin pops up out of nowhere and then isn't repeated.
I really enjoy the diversity in background that your characters have, and it makes it visually interesting when I picture them as a group. You might consider revising some of the character description though-- I noticed that you tend to have a rather formulaic paragraph of physical description for each of them, and even though their features are distinct, the formats of their descriptions all echo each other. I usually try to plant those kinds of details within the rest of the text, as additional details in scenes, to prevent the need for heavy descriptive paragraphs.
I hope this has been helpful! I'm already very invested in your story, so I"ll definitely be back to continue reading and watch for updates!
Dovetails and dragon claws,