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Until the End of the World (Until the End of the World, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Besides an unhealthy obsession with home-canned food and Bug Out Bag equipment, I love books and making artsy stuff. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I now live in Oregon with my family and, in my opinion, not nearly enough supplies for the zombie apocalypse. But I'm working on it.
- File size : 1395 KB
- Publication date : July 13, 2013
- Print length : 401 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00DX73ZPY
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,658 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But I digress. The point is that I'm glad I gave it a try. This is a good story. Yeah, there's some romance but it's not the main focus and there's plenty of good ol' zombie action--and it's the old time Romero-style zombies, which is only right and proper. I liked it enough that when I was about 90% done, I checked Amazon and was disappointed to find out this was her first book because I was really hoping to find a sequel.
There are several characters, all well-written and they come across as real people. Even the less likeable ones come across as real people, nicely fleshed out (so to speak). No one is too perfect and their reactions to situations and each other struck me as plausible. I especially liked the relationship between Cassie and Nel, as well as the character of John.
The action scenes are good and clearly written. In a lot of books in this genre, sometimes I have a bit of trouble actually picturing the scene I'm reading. I had no such trouble with this book. Her descriptions of action, characters, and settings are very well done.
As with most books, espeicially first efforts, there are a few flaws but they didn't really detract from the overall story. I don't like to do spoilers so I'll keep it general. One of these is that I saw one aspect, relating to the main character, of how the book would end coming way back from nearly the very beginning of the book. It didn't ruin anything and I wouldn't even call it tiresome. I just found it a little obvious.
Another is that (How to phrase this without giving things away?) the group seems to have an awful lot of luck following even the most dire circumstances. Then again, I came to like all the characters so much that, while I didn't find it overly realistic at times, I couldn't really begrudge it much.
I would definitely recommend this book for you zombie fans. I liked it a lot and look forward to seeing more from this author.
Ultimately, there really isn't many scenes with zombie drama, or lots of guts and gore. Which I actually like to be included in my zombie novels, but it made no difference while reading this book. I love the apocalyptic zombie novels for 3 main reasons, excitement of the zombie genre, the character development and growth as you see them change as a result of living in a new scary world and the supernatural element if any is included.
In this book, it was all about the relationships and how this group of people were before the break out and who they became when faced with the end of the world. Some of the characters, specifically Ana and Peter, I wanted them to be left on the side of the road! But it was very fulfilling to read this book and see their transformation. I guess this book gave me hope and respect of people changing and becoming better people to protect those around them. There was hope for love and relationships to still go on. The Characters dealt with more violence from their fellow human survivors than the zombies in this book. I loved reading about their struggles and how they worked hard and worked together to overcome each fight and to make it to the safe zone.
I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end! I almost didn't need a second book to follow because I was 100% content with the story and it's ending. Thank you!
Top reviews from other countries
So I was a little dubious when I realized it was a zombie apocalypse story with a plot about a small group of survivors on the run. It didn't seem very original. That said, I have to say that I did enjoy this book and it's mostly because it's really well written. (Even though I also generally don't like first person, present tense for a narrative. But this author makes it work.) With all those curmudgeonly gripes I still stayed until the end because the writing is smooth and easy and the characters are believable and sympathetic, even when behaving badly.
I think the author has a real gift for story telling and I'd like to see her move into other kinds of stories.
The main emphasis centres on a small group of survivors and their evolving relationships. Humerous in parts and gritty in others. A HEA is dangled at the end but one suspects dark clouds on the horizon. On to book 2 to see how dark they are.