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After The Ending (The Ending Series, #1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00BJDUBLU
- Publisher : L2 Books (November 23, 2013)
- Publication date : November 23, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 4711 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 590 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #107,874 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
*Book source ~ NetGalley
A virus kills off billions in a matter of days. The world as we know it ends and now the few survivors are trying to stay alive.
This is one of the stupidest books I’ve had the misfortune to pick up. The writing is horrible, the characters are vapid, and while I expect sci-fi to be a bit out there, it needs to have some grounding in basic facts. If billions of people died in just a few days, how in the flock are all the gas stations out of gas? They were sick, in bed or the hospital, puking their guts up, not running out there to fill up their tanks because they knew the world was ending. No one knew how bad it was because it happened so fast. Also, the phones and cells are out. And yet somehow these two friends are emailing each other. Apparently the internet is a magical place in this book where wifi roams free for all to use, no matter where they are. So much bullpuckey I had to give up at 11%. How did this crap even get published?
The entire story reminded me of watching a bad tv movie with plot points that go nowhere, 200 pages of nothing happening in the beginning, and complete and total ignorance of what it would actually be like to live in a world where rotting corpses are everywhere. Somehow, mysteriously, the Internet/power grid manages to stay up for months so these two twits can email each other about their love lives and other inconsequential news.My problems with this book are many.
I am a huge fan of apocalypse related fiction, but this had no edge to it whatsoever. I did think the plot could have been really interesting and fun in the right hands. In the book, over 80% of the world's population is killed by a particularly virulent strain of flu. The survivors of the plague have become endowed with either some additional supernatural type power or become insane. Doesn't seem like a lot of ways you could screw this up, but it was badly written and the characters were flat as pancakes that had been driven over by a semi-truck (I had a hard time even telling the main characters apart for the entire length of the story).
The novel was written in first person, but switched between the two main characters every few chapters but they couldn't have been more homogeneous and the whole thing ended up reading like a teenage romance novel.
I generally finish books I start, even if I don't enjoy them because I want them to get better, I'm hoping they will get better, I'm rooting for the author to change my mind. In this case, it was a complete waste of my time and I ended up liking myself less for getting all the way through it. It is so rare to find apocalypse fiction where the main protagonists are female, so when I found this book, I was excited for a new perspective. I am profoundly disappointed with by this attempt.
If you are an adult and a serious fan of end of the world stories, I highly recommend reading something, anything, else. I have greatly enjoyed the Surviving the Dead series by James Cook.
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Set after a flu-like pandemic has wiped out 90% of the world's population, the story follows best friends Dani and Zoe as they make their way from opposite sides of the US coast to each other and presumably safety. Both meet up with and join various groups along the way and discover that the virus has changed the survivors in ways no one could have imagined.
Whilst I loved the fact the authors focused on the strong friendship between the 2 protagonists, this ended up ultimately being one of my biggest problems with the book. Post-apocalyptic wastelands, crazed survivors and horrific loss are all swept aside in childish, immature emails between the pair (and don't get me started on the presence of Wi-Fi in a apocalyptic wasteland!) which read like the boy-crazed ramblings of a pair of 15 year olds. These women are supposed to be 26 years old, yet spend their communications talking about the totally hot guys they meet, the skanks who hate them because they're soooo hot and irresistible and hand waving away things like attempted rape and murder in a line of email. It also meant you were reading the same thing twice as Zoe and Dani recapped the last chapters events for each other which slowed the book down and massively disrupted the tone and flow of the story, not to mention trivialised the events that had occurred. I get what the writers were going for here, but the abrupt switching between dystopian novel and fluffy chick-lit really didn't work.
The premise of the book was interesting and for a while it looked as though it was going to be a great book, and the introduction of so called Abilities for the survivors put a fresh spin on an old story which has so much potential. I can only guess that the clashing tones of the book are down to the fact that there are 2 authors, but it was hard to believe at times that you were reading the same book when you read a heart-breaking letter to one of the girls from a deceased family member or an account of the horrors committed by the so-called "Crazies", only to flick on a few pages and read an email about how hot so and so was, or how skanky so and so was - seriously these things read like they were full of smiley emoticons and pictures of initials written in a heart - like I'd accidentally picked up something out of the Sweet Valley High series.
I'm interested to see where the story goes, despite the writing style of the book, but I'm not sure, if Book 2 is more of the same, that I'll be queuing up for future instalments.
The first book in the Ending Series, After The Ending is a compelling read, enjoyable from the start all the way through to its thrilling ending.
Now books about the end of the world, viruses, billions dying are by no means a new subject, there are loads of them out there and what I try and look for is something a little different, which can be difficult as there are tons of books that do they same as this book which is people trying to survive in an inhospitable environment banding in to groups for support and defence with a bit of romance added in.
So what makes this book different or at least worth your time?
Well in my opinion, you may be the same, if a book is worth reading you tend to know in the first couple of pages and After The Ending got me hooked in straight away, it is told from the point of view of two best friends Zoe and Dani who are stuck on opposite sides of the country stranded by the virus which has rampaged it way across the country (which country? are you new to this!? America of course!! ( Sorry Americans I love you but if the s**t hits the fan I'm cancelling my holidays to Orlando!!)), these two have grown up together, they are each others lifeline and when they need each other the most the have thousands of miles in between them.
The story is all about the girls desperately trying to get to one another and the obstacles they have to overcome, the major one is what they call the crazies, the people who did not fall prey to the virus they have been left majorly mad, acting strange and very violent but thankfully the girls are not alone as they begin their respective journeys they come across friendly faces who help them, some familiar to them and some not. New friendships are forged and also some not so friendly relationships made.
Surviving and not getting taken out by the crazies is a good part of their day but Zoe and Dani along with their fellow survivors start to feel different, they experience strange things, some of them start to communicate with different creatures, some of them can can calm people down, some can heal quickly, it seems everyone who has not been killed by the virus or driven crazy has a new ability that they need to learn to control.
Now this is part of a series so this story is going to continue for a while (which is good!!) and as this book comes to the end I think you may get an inkling of where this story is going (no spoilers), the characters of Zoe and Dani along with their love interests, friends and furry friends are going to have to come to terms with their new abilities and they are going to have learn to survive, it is not just the crazies out there to worry about.
I really enjoyed this book as I said it reeled me in straight away but a couple of things could have done with more explanation, there is one scene where an old teacher of the girls is discovered still very much alive and a meeting with him and his fellow survivors happens, I would liked to have read about it, it is just briefly mentioned and it would have been nice to have heard about if they met any old faces and what has happened in that community, the other thing was that email seems to stay on for an awful long time after the country goes pear-shaped I struggle to get it hear on a good day and the last thing was just back story on few of the characters but YAY!! there are novellas on the characters in question and I have added them to my wish list along with the next two books in the series.
So all in all if you like a young adult dystopian novel with a hint of romance and danger set in our near future with the prospect of many more books in the series to satisfy your hunger for all things end of the world then this is it, as I mentioned above I need a book to stand out a little to make it worth while in amongst all the other similar stories, this stands out with a well written story, scope for exploration in the characters abilities plus it has the hint of a lot more to come.
Awarded 4 out of 5