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After The Ending (The Ending Series, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Lindsey Fairleigh , Lindsey Pogue
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Following on the heels of Illusion, indie sensation and New York Times best-selling author J.S. Cooper brings us the second novel in the Swept Away series, a trilogy of dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on an island with a man who may be her captor.

Book Description

The first book in the emotionally charged post-apocalyptic series: The Ending Series. 
FREE for a limited time! 

The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, "they" thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family...they're all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them--with the rest of the world--but I didn't. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I'd ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O'Connor, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We've all had to start over. I've been stripped of my home, my dreams...all that is me. I'm someone else now--broken and changed. Other survivors' memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won't let them consume me. I can't. My name is Zoe Cartwright, and I survived The Ending.

We've been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing--we'll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we're strong...we're survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

*contains some mature language and content* 
Prequel - The Ending Beginnings Omnibus Edition 
Book 1 - After The Ending 
Book 2 - Into The Fire 
Book 3 - Out Of The Ashes 
Book 4 - Before The Dawn (2015) 

OMNIBUS - all 6 prequel novellas in 1 volume
I: Carlos
II: Mandy
III: Vanessa
IV: Jake
V: Clara
VI: Jake & Clara

Editorial Reviews


"This book had it all, mystery, excitement, sorrow, emotion, happiness, and hope. I cannot wait for the next book!" 
--Cynthia Shepp, Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews & Editing
"This book encompasses everything from adventure to romance and from lonesome fear to a feeling of togetherness and safety. After the Ending is a fascinating apocalyptic tale of a possible end to the world as we know it...Fairleigh and Pogue created such a frightfully amazing read."  
--Danielle Schneider, Ladybug Literature
"The action is intense and the creativity of the authors is fresh! They were not afraid to blend fantasy with the improbable and put it out there." 
--Dianne, Tome Tender

About the Author

Lindsey Fairleigh is a former history teacher and current experimental cook who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her very confused cats.
Lindsey Pogue is a history addict, traveling fool, and food lover who dreams of the day she can go horseback riding, write, and read, all in a day's work.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2156 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Publisher: L2 Books (November 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,260 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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268 of 283 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Apocalyptic soap opera... ????? April 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a review.

So, this is a story about Zoe and Dani... they are both separated and traveling with different groups after the world was stricken by a deadly flu virus killing almost everyone. Those that have survived were all the people who had previously survived the H1N1 virus. And, apparently this somehow has caused many people to have developed "special powers". For example, Zoe can sort of read minds. What???

There is no gas, the phones don't work, no cable, people are looting and the world is falling apart... BUT apparently there is Wifi everywhere they go... even in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere there is Wifi!!! Seriously... Dani and Zoe are communicating by email as they travel... this makes no sense whatsoever. But, it never occurs to them to try to communicate with their missing loved ones... No... instead it's much more important to exchange daily drama updates of all the hot guys and skanky ho-ho's that are in their present company.

Everything that we read about what is happening to Dani and Zoe gets repeated when they are exchanging their emails so you're actually reading the same stuff twice which makes the book move very slow.

Dani and her boyfriend were sick together... he died... she didn't. Apparently they were desperately in love but within one week she's got the hots for another guy and is thinking about getting laid. Don't most people grieve when the love of their life dies??

A good majority of the characters in this book seem to be more concerned with getting laid and hooking up instead of thinking about how they're going to survive the end of the world.
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161 of 173 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How did this get so many 4/5 star reviews?! April 2, 2013
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This book gets one star for the fact that the premise intrigued me enough to download it. It was downhill from there. I'm still not quite sure why I even finished it... I was ready to not pick it up again after about 5 chapters.

Some things I found off putting:

- I didn't even care about the main characters. They are supposed to be 26 years old, but they act like they're 16. Their characters were flat. It bothered me that it is the end of the world as they know it and have lost lots of loved ones, and they seemed more concerned about drama and sex. If I was asked to describe the two main characters, I would probably say "horny" and "immature."
- way too much sex stuff... and it was all super cheesy. Those two main girls get turned on by everything! I got sick of the descriptions of how simply brushing against someone accidentally basically got them all hot and bothered.
- I know similies and metaphors make books more interesting and descriptive, but at times I felt like I was reading an English assignment in which the goal was go cram as many metaphors and similies into the pages as possible. Most of them sounded forced or like the authors were trying WAY to hard to be creative.
- it moved along So. Stinking. Slow.
- the "superpowers" plot was just weird.
- Over use of the "f" word. It was so unnecessary. I'm not a prude about language, but using it so much is pointless.

I can see how maybe 14 or 15 year-olds would like this, but even then, I wouldn't let my 14 year old read it because of the language and sex. If you consider yourself to have good taste in books at all, don't waste your time with this.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: From Author Unpublished March 15, 2013
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This book came very close to a five star rating from me. Very close. I found it very engaging, I loved the variety of characters and locations, and before I knew it, I was sucked into the book. Unfortunately, there were just a handful of things that had me making this a four star rating rather than a five.

This story at it's heart, is about two girls - best friends - separated from each other and learning to deal with the aftermath of a devastating plague that kills off 90% of the Earth's population. Each chapter switches back and forth between the two friends as we follow along their journey through illness, recovery, death, looting, and just plain surviving. As the girls desperately try to meet up, they exchange e-mails back and forth, and each tries to deal with their own obstacles in surviving.

Although it was a little hard to get used to in the beginning, I found the e-mail writing between Dani and Zoe to be clever, and interesting. The story would have been fine without the recounting of the scenes we'd already seen, but I think it helped to engross me as a reader to see these two girls communicate with each other through this difficult time. It really gave me a sense of their strong bond as friends, and their concern for one another.

For the most part, I loved almost everything about this story to be honest. It was a very different take on a post-apocalyptic novel than what I'm used to. I've read a lot of these types of books, but usually we follow one character or one group in their journey to survive. In this case, we got two complete groups with different personalities and struggles.

It was fascinating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much romance, not enough meat and potatoes!
I enjoyed the book for most part but would prefer more action and less romance. Reminded me too much of a young adult novel (a little more graphic), not science fiction. Read more
Published 1 day ago by NinMarysville
4.0 out of 5 stars from here to there
This was a very interesting book. Very thought provoking and insightful. It lets you in to the lives of the main characters and how they adapt to extreme change.
Published 1 day ago by Bernice Grassick
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book, but....
This book was such a struggle... the concept was great but it was so hard to stay with it. The constant bouncing back and forth between the two main characters, the slow pace and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tim Lumsden
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
One of the most interesting e books I have read . Kept my interest thru the entire narrative. Definitely a recommended read.
Published 3 days ago by Phyllis Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I enjoyed this book am going to read all of the series. If you are looking for a book that is funny and serious at the sometime this book is for you.
Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story but I felt the main characters were a bit whiny. Overall it was a good read.
Published 5 days ago by ChrisS
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I can't even finish this book. It's poorly written, poorly edited boring and confusing. Other 1-star raters have said it best so I won't repeat, but don't waste your time with... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sunshine
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Kept your interest all the way through, wish it didn't stop. Have to find the next book in the series!
Published 9 days ago by Linda Etgen
4.0 out of 5 stars Just an amazing book
Amazing just amazing. I love the different story views and I love the transition to the next book. Kept me so interested. And I'm not a avid reader. Well I wasn't until this
Published 11 days ago by Mando Breshears
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not like the ending
Did not like the ending. It made no sense. Dani goes to pee you hear a scream and the next minute she's in the hospital!
Published 14 days ago by Louise Phillips
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