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Sundered: Book 1 (The Nevermore Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Mayer
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A miracle drug, Nevermore, spreads like wildfire throughout the world allowing people to eat what they want, and yet still lose weight. It is everything the human population has ever dreamed of and Mara is no different. Only a simple twist of fate stops her from taking the drug.

As the weeks roll by, it becomes apparent that Nevermore is not the miracle it claimed. A true to life nightmare, the drug steals the very essence that makes up humanity and unleashes a new and deadly species on the world, a species bent on filling its belly. Locked down within their small farm home, Mara and her husband Sebastian struggle against increasingly bad odds, fighting off marauders and monsters alike.

But Sebastian carries a dark secret, one that more than threatens to tear them apart, it threatens to destroy them both and the love they have for each other.

The secret forces Mara to make the ultimate choice. Will she live for love, or will she live to survive?

Product Details

  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing (December 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KOIVH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yep. I saw that coming, too. February 11, 2012
By L. Buck
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Oh man, thank goodness it was short.

Sundered is possibly the most predictable book I've ever read. From the outset, I was left utterly unsurprised and disappointed by this fiasco.

Sometime in the future, a miracle drug is created. And that drug turns people into ... almost!zombies. It's very important that these are almost!zombies instead of actually!zombies so there can be some softcore zombie/human action later on in the book and no one feels too squicked out about it. Oh my.

From the utterly unsexy sex scenes (really, are we going to have one while we're covered in hives? I'm so turned on right now), to the idiocy of the main characters, to the blatantly transparent prose, Sundered is possibly the worst book I've read in a long time.

Yes, I finished it. I spent the whole book waiting for our main character to grow a pair. But she doesn't. Mara's main existence in the book seems to be to stand around and angst about everything.

I do give the book one thing - the concept it had here was really strong. The not!zombies were a neat spin on the classic tale. Their description almost beautiful in a weird and creepy way.

But seriously. Even the 'hey that's pretty neat' concept couldn't stop me from being right about every single 'plot twist' in this shallow, navel-inspecting book.

So not interested in the next one.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great romance novel September 3, 2011
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I loved this book! I'm a big fan of Romance novels so after a while, the books are a little repetitive. Sundered is very different from what I usually read. The book really centered around the heroine, a strong protagonist who doesn't wait around to be saved by the male character. It has the element of surprise, and cliff hanger that leaves you craving for more! Book is excellently written!
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! Can't wait to read them all! October 9, 2011
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I've always been into paranormal romance novels, but never really the zombie types. Shannon Mayer has changed this for me. Sundered was absolutely phenomenal. I couldn't get enough of it. When I finished the last page I was left slack jawed and desperately craving more of this well-written story. The anticipation was pure torture, I just had to know what happened next. The teaser for book two, Bound, only increased that torture.

The main character, Mara, was very believable. Her compassion for her husband, especially toward the end, was so touching. In all honesty, I'm usually the type that figures out what the author is up to before anything actually happens in the story. I'm happy to say that that wasn't the case this time! I was completely blindsided by events in this story. Even now, I can't stop thinking about it.

I'm looking forward to starting book two in the trilogy. I know it will be just as good. I'd expect nothing less from this author! HIGHLY recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey- I want that drug! September 2, 2011
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But after the bugs are worked out...hheehheeh... don't really want the side effects in this story! :)

I planned on just reading a little of it tonight, but found myself having to finish the whole thing. Unexpectedly creepy but fascinating at the same time - I'm definitely hooked and want to see what happens. Well written and keeps your attention, an entertaining read!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want a new drug January 6, 2012
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Sundered poses the ultimate, irresistible high concept hook-- what if there was a drug that could cure of all of your ills and take off twenty pounds of unwanted body fat while you gorged yourself silly eating as much of whatever you desired? In this age of instant gratification, where hucksters and snake oil salesman bark nonstop pitching the latest miracle diet supplement scam and every other ad on television is for an erection drug or a plastic surgeon, the book's concept is more timely than ever. The fictional drug in Sundered is called Nevermore and given its health transforming, beauty enhancing properties, it is highly believable that Nevermore would instantly become the must have rage across all of North America.

Of course, usually when something sounds too good to be true, it is. Like all drugs Nevermore has a side effect. A side effect that sets off a set piece of exciting suspense sequences that will keep you turning the page.

Author Shannon Mayer opens Sundered with the careful attention to detail and character one would expect in a work of literature. The sense of place and character is economically established and the reader is immediately drawn into the Canadian country side setting and emotionally connects to the main character Mara. The character is challenged and tested as she is pushed to the limit by the events in the story, and the reader learns much about her throughout the adventure. There is a terrific mountain man character by the name of Dan who steals every scene he is in. A great character who I imagined being played by Tommy Lee Jones

Although Sundered may start out like an artful piece of woman's fiction, it deftly shifts gears into George Romero meets Richard Matheson with a touch of Resident Evil. Sundered is a fantastic start for Shannon Mayer's Nevermore "Zombie-ish" series and is recommended reading for anyone who enjoys supernatural romance, horror fiction, or is a fan of The Walking Dead.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left wanting but addicted! April 6, 2012
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I purchased this book not knowing it was a novella, nor a self-published work. I definitely reads as a professionally edited novel, yet way too short for my taste.

Having said all that...I was hooked. I finished reading the novella in four hours and immediately bought the second one. It would have received four stars had the protag been a little more likable (she gets better in the next two, so definitely give the series a chance), and hadn't ended so abruptly!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Sundered kept me turning the page. I loved the fresh take on a zombie apocalypse and the love story had me holding my breath. Fantastic story! Now to dive into the next one.
Published 25 days ago by wenona
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start.
This is very different from anything I've read before, never being a big zombie fan, but I've enjoyed reading it. I'm definitely going to read the next book.
Published 1 month ago by CF
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful What You Wish For!
Oh my gosh! Just finished this one! It went so fast! The whole idea is totally plausible which makes it so much more nerve racking. I'm looking forward to number two.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Shannon Mayer does it again!
Mayer introduces us to another female protagonist who is strong beyond her strength - a survivor! Mara and her husband Sabastian face incredible odds against their survival and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carlos D. Pinkstaff
3.0 out of 5 stars Interested enough for more.
I found the book enticing enough to want more so have purchased the next book in the series. This story had a very different twist to it and some of the ideas about how things... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent, couldn't wait to get into number 2
Published 3 months ago by Christine Roach
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was ok but kinda reminds me of a soft walking zombie book.
Published 4 months ago by Scott Field
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
Poor writing. No depth. To much romance and not enough action to be any good. Won't read her stuff again.
Published 5 months ago by not good
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series from Shannon Mayer
A great plot and story line different from the rest. Very thought provoking. You WILL LOVE this one! A definite must read.
Published 6 months ago by Shari Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars crazy love story
I really enjoyed your story. I like the fact that the zombies still retained some humanity . really wanted to read more of her story. thanks for a great read.
Published 6 months ago by delores
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Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

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I agree. I came here based on a friend's recommendation, but I hesitate to buy this book without knowing what it's about.
Jun 11, 2012 by Ruth |  See all 2 posts
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