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After The Ending (The Ending Series, #1) Kindle Edition
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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. I seriously banged my head on my kindle in frustration at the sheer immaturity of these characters.
Here is one line that had me rolling:
"Cece held the knife up like a surgeon."
Yes, Cece was about to stab Dani while she was sleeping... like a surgeon??? Do surgeons do that??? I hope not...
Anyway, this is supposed to be an adult apocalyptic story but it felt like a High School Apocalyptic soap opera. It's not well written and too many events that take place are not explained at all or just don't make sense. So, it goes without saying that I would recommend passing on this one.
Now, for the actual book. People get sick and die, but it seems like humanity goes quietly into that good night because there's very little panic, few incidents of "bad" behavior, and no dead bodies laying everywhere around.
The survivors seem to have it pretty good. They always have a place to stay. They always have plenty of food and water. There are hardly any incidents of violence where guns have to be used. It's a very clean apocalypse.
And all the people are beautiful. Dani, coming from the west coast and Zoe, coming from the east coast, are gorgeous and beautiful and tiny and petite and have hair down to their waists, which would be very inconvenient in the apocalypse. They meet up with other survivors to head to Colorado Springs where, supposedly, there is a colony of survivors.
Dani, who had been dying on the previous page, is rescued by Jason (Zoe's brother) and his army unit. He, of course, is absolutely gorgeous and Dani always had a crush on him. They had off to Colorado. Along the way, most members of their group develop special talents. Dani can talk to animals. Cool, huh. They also run into "Crazies". I guess these people didn't get a special talent and went crazy instead. Who knows?
Zoe, who also had been dying on the previous page, is rescued by a former boyfriend and they head to Colorado. Her special power is to read peoples' minds and memories. Zoe is rescued by another army unit and they stop at Fort Knox for the winter and meet a guy named Jack, who is, incredibly gorgeous. Of course he is.
There are so many descriptions of men's bodies, their abs, buttocks, arms, other interesting areas, etc. that it gets ridiculous. Ok, so I guess the virus only spared gorgeous men and beautiful women, too, along with making them psychic.
There's a bunch of jealousy stuff and injuries, which just slow both groups down from getting to Colorado. It takes forever for Dani and Jason to hook-up, even though they comes close about a hundred times. Zoe and Jack almost do it at the end of the book, but are interrupted by someone screaming.
I must say these men have incredibly self-control. They turn down these gorgeous women over and over again. Is that their special power? Stupid.
One funny thing: Dani mentions she's going to call Zoe and Jason tells her the phones don't work. So she just happily says, "I'll email her" because somehow WiFi is still working and continues to do so through much of the book.
The two groups meet up near the end of the book (with help from their psychic connection). It would have to be pretty awkward with everyone reading minds and Zoe able to see Dani sleeping with her brother (yuck).
Both groups also seem to get drunk a lot and there's never any mention of anyone keeping watch. Of course, each group has a wonderful dog that alerts them to danger, so why bother staying sober or posting a sentry? There are also people who gained bad powers and they have to be wary of them. Really, they do. They are very bad.
So, the premise for the book--good. The content of the book--completely unrealistic, filled with dumb characters doing stupid things, lots of sexual tension, but not much sex, so it's basically a soap opera in the apocalypse. Someone gets pregnant, too and the baby grows at an unnatural speed. I might have to read the next book just to see if the baby claws its way out of its mother and what its special power turns out to be. I know it will be one really beautiful baby.
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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