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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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About the Author

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 and hiking. This is her first novel. For more information on current publications and future projects, please visit her website at You can also email Kathy at

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  • File Size: 1046 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500264199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500264192
  • ASIN: B00MAO2BB0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 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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10 of 10 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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4 of 4 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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Portrays graphic violence towards women December 11, 2014
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The writing was great and the story was interesting, but the novel portrays graphic violence towards women so well it was sickening. I would not have bought this novel if I had known. I'd like to read more from this author if she could tone it down, but not in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Riveting Book! September 22, 2014
By Jake
Fantastic book! It was extremely hard to put down. During the day I found myself asking myself, "Can I put this off until later? That way I can snatch another 20 minutes of reading in." Miner has an very clear, down-to-earth writing and story telling style. Another thing I appreciate about her writing style is the word choice is very clever. The characters are well thought out, and the story is very realistic and believable. The book hints at some very philosophical and practical questions of morality as well as world view. I'm excited to see how these questions develop and if/how they will be tackled. The book has some strong female lead characters, and as well as a post-apocalyptic setting, and maybe a sprinkling of extra human senses, but it doesn't fit firmly in a particular genre like Sci-Fi. It sort is, and sort of isn't.

Cons: One of my pet peeves is when a story introduces too many characters too quickly. Miner's down-to-earth writing style alleviates this quickly, but that's just something that I personally find irksome.
Also, I have to wait for the sequel. I want it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautifully Written ! November 7, 2014
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Where to begin, This book hit so many emotions. I was drawn in immediately. I felt shock, fear, sadness, confused, & uplifted. One may say is that possible to have so many emotions and the answer is YES! It makes one stop and think , would we be any different is we were hit with something like this. I think we would all be as desperate as some of these people in the book. I only hope that we could reach deep into our compassionate side and not lose our minds and not be cruel to others. I think the author Kathy Miner has done an amazing thing here. I can hardly wait for the next book to come. This has made a definite impression on me and I can't get the word out enough to everyone I know to pick this book up and I promise you will be hooked. Don't expect things to be sugar coated, go into it with the what would we do if this was our town.. This was a read I picked on my Kindle reader but it is one I intend to purchase the paper back, this deserves to be in my collection. Great Job Kathy !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read
This was well written. I love post apocalyptic stories but frankly a lot of them are short on character development and story line not to mention editing. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Dr Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot
The book has twists and turns that are unexpected. I would recommend it to all science fiction buffs who are tired of the same end of time stories.
Published 11 days ago by Jerry Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I cannot wait to read the second book in this series.
Published 25 days ago by Pat Fitzsimons
4.0 out of 5 stars a very different survival story
No zombies in this one. Instead a heartfelt story about a family and how tragic circumstances changed then all. Am looking forward to the next book.
Published 1 month ago by seleene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters!
I could not put my Kindle down once I began this book. I enjoyed the character development and how she switched from one characters adventure to another, growing the suspense and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joni M., Oregon
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary And Too Plausible
Some parts of the story were too real. I was angry and sad and disgusted and happy oh my gosh what a ride, Cannot wait for the second Colorado Chapter ............. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L.Romine
5.0 out of 5 stars hat survives of us (Colorado)
I have read a lot of books, some very good, some just ok and a lot of really bad ones.
This is one of the very best.
It grabbed me. It refused to be put down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bsslady_j
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down.
Terrific book as well as terrifying. I am really looking forward to book 2.
Published 1 month ago by Kiltchecker
5.0 out of 5 stars The writing is fantastic with excellent characterization and plot...
There are so many Post-Apocalyptic novels going around these days and its hard to find one that is actually a riveting read and THIS novel is one of those rare gems in this genre. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I'm a fan of apocalyptic fiction, and I enjoyed this and plan to read the sequel. Looking forward to the next book!
Published 2 months ago by Patti H Puckett
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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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