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What Survives of Us (Colorado Chapters Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathy Miner
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Book Description

Naomi sees her first corpse in a Colorado Springs grocery store, but it won’t be her last. With devastating speed, a plague sweeps first the city, then the state, then the world, leaving less than 1% of the population to go on. Naomi, a gentle and sheltered housewife, finds herself fighting for survival in a world populated by desperate people, where might-makes-right, and mercy and compassion are in short supply. Fellow survivors Jack, a youth minister from Woodland Park; Grace, a 17-year-old high school student from Limon; and Naomi’s daughter Piper, a student at the University of Northern Colorado, all find themselves searching for a safe path forward…because it’s not just the world that has changed.

The plague that decimates the human race also pushes mankind into evolutionary change. Those who survive are different, profoundly so, in ways they are just beginning to comprehend. As Naomi struggles to protect and reunite what’s left of her family, she must also learn to understand and accept the changes in herself. In this strange new world, her survival, and the survival of those she loves, depends on it.

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  • File Size: 824 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500264199
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MAO2BB0
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down! "What Survives ... August 1, 2014
I could not put this book down! "What Survives of Us" is both elegantly plotted and chillingly plausible, and the characters are so richly drawn I find myself wondering what they are up to days after finishing the book. The dialogue is powerful and real, and so skillfully done that you can hear the characters voices in your head as you read, picture their faces as they "speak". This book broke my heart, which I expected, given the subject matter, but it also made me laugh. Just outstanding!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story!!! August 1, 2014
An amazing story! I finished it in one sitting and was left craving more. Naomi is a vividly written character who fill stay in your mind long after you put the book down. So delightful to read a near future book without vampires or zombies. Rather this story focuses on real relationships and the impact of change upon those relationships. Treat yourself to a wonderful read. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Apocolyptic Fiction at its Best! September 22, 2014
Post-apocalyptic fiction novels seem to be a dime a dozen these days so it is greatly satisfying to discover one that is truly written well. Kathy Miner has crafted a first novel in what will likely be a trilogy, or perhaps a longer series, that is fundamentally about survival after a super plague wipes out 99% of the world’s population in just a few weeks. A “lucky” few seem to be immune and a few more are able to recover after their bodies are ravaged by the disease. This first novel is about those survivors in Colorado (mostly Colorado Springs and nearby areas) and their desperate attempts to forge some sort of direction for themselves in the aftermath.

I’ve read similar novels before, my two favorites being Stephen King’s "The Stand" and Robert McCammon’s "Swan Song". Both of those books are humongous doorstopper novels, and set the gold standard for this type of post-plague fiction. I have yet to read another novel in this vein that captures the horror of what it must be like to live in such a world; to struggle with the grief of lost family and friends while at the same time make the tough decisions on how to carry on.

Until now.

"What Survives of Us" could not be more appropriately titled. Ms. Miner’s research is evident as she unfolds this new world. Everything from her description of medicinal herbs, to firearms, to the human psyche seems extremely authentic. Her plot is well thought out and keeps the pages turning briskly. And for a first time author, the pacing of this novel is spot on. I only wish the second book was ready now because the various story lines are just getting started.

What really drives the plot, as in all really good novels, is the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book August 29, 2014
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This book was simply amazing. I could not put it down, and read the entire book in one sitting. The author is definitely skilled at capturing attention, and pulling the reader into her world. I live in Colorado Springs, and therefore the book was eerie to me, as I know the places mentioned in the book. Brought tears to my eyes a few times, and it definitely stirred emotions! I cannot recommend this book highly enough! I cannot wait for book 2 (and more!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!!!! August 24, 2014
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BEWARE!!!!! When you purchase this book, plan on not doing anything until you finish it... not only is this book witty, and thrilling but this book is completely captivating. Even after you put it down you wonder and wish you could do something for these characters. I have cried, laugh and gone to bed scared to death.... and it is only chapter 10... love love love this book!! It really is going to be the next big thing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Roller Coaster August 31, 2014
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In the thousands of books I have read, nearly one a day since I was twelve, there are only a handful that have grabbed my emotions and dragged me through every experience. This is one, the added ability to make me empathize with multiple characters all at the same time is unmatched. This author is seriously Talented and I have never said that in a review before. Brava! When is the next?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new take on "End of the World as We Know It" September 1, 2014
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This was a refreshing view of what could happen after a catastrophic event. The characters are intriguing and well drawn out. While it is clear this book is a series, it does have a conclusion while many books in the genre (Post-Apocalyptic) just seem to stop and leave you hanging. Look forward to the next one!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I so enjoyed this book August 6, 2014
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I so enjoyed this book! I was especially drawn to the female characters who are vividly written, strong, smart and courageous. Even in the most emotionally wrenching scenes, there is hope and a strong feeling of survival. I am very excited for the next book in the series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars And the intensity of the characters make you feel like the things they...
Oh wow what a read! I started at a little after midnight and finished around 6 AM. This story was intense right from the first few pages and never let up all the way through. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Mindtraveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new author
Need a second book immediately. Very, very, very good.
Published 1 day ago by janice mcdowell
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book to anybody
I am really, really enjoying this book. Well thought out, believable characters and a story line that captures the heart and imagination keep me turning page after page. Read more
Published 8 days ago by miss-moll
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting book. Can't wait for the next book
Published 15 days ago by Roch Lambiotte
5.0 out of 5 stars A really well written book with some great survival tips included.....
Love this book! I had a hard time putting it down!! It just flows like a movie in my mind and I can relate to the main character easily--Naomi is normal person with life... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book
I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down. As a Colorado Springs resident, I loved reading about places I have been...but what kept me engaged were the characters. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Melony Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Riveting Book!
Fantastic book! It was extremely hard to put down. During the day I found myself asking myself, "Can I put this off until later? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is by far - the BEST book I have read in years
I am an avid reader of books of all kinds. This book is by far - the BEST book I have read in years. I was captured on the first page and dreaded having to put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Connie Duyser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book! Can't wait for the next one!
Published 1 month ago by Deb Jeurink
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story, well done
This book addresses what fascinates us most about this type of scenario: how will it affect our relationships, our morality, our humanity? Read more
Published 1 month ago by N.R. Champagne
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Kathy Miner lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with her children, her Rob, a ridiculously fluffy dog and a too-cool-for-you cat. When she's not playing with her imaginary friends, she enjoys reading, hiking and hand-crafting. This is her first novel. To contact Kathy with questions or comments, please visit her website at or email her at

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