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After the Ending (The Ending #1)

20 Jul 2013 by Becca, No Comments »

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Released: February 22nd, 2013

Publisher: L2 Books

ISBN: 0988715414

Rating: 4/5

Overview: The first book in a new Post-apocalyptic Romance series.

The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now—broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing—we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE. -GoodReads

Review: I received the book ‘After the Ending’ as an ARC in an exchange for a fair and honest review.

You know how they say you should end criticism on a positive note? Something like, ‘You did this wrong but you are exceptional at this’? After reading this book, I felt that there was one negative, surrounded by a plethora of positives.

So let’s get that out of the way first, shall we?
As any Comcast subscriber could tell you, when something goes wrong, the internet is always the first to go. Hell, sometimes I feel like I could point a toe in the wrong direction and the ominous ‘We are currently experiencing outages in your area’ message will appear.

In this book, the phone lines go down immediately, 80% of the population dies off and people become crazed murderous lunatics in every city. BUT! If you want to check out the latest posts on Reddit or gossip with your girlfriend via email, then every house, barn, ditch on the side of the road, school, boat, car (etc) has an internet connection.

The flaw with this book lies in the idea that the two MCs, Zoe and Dani, could communicate with one another across the country via email because they have ‘spotty’ internet connections. The doom and gloom of the apocalypse is dampened by the ability to check out decorating tips on Martha Stewart’s website.

Now, on to other things…

Everything else in this book was done right. For this reason, I gave the book four stars.

To start, Dani and Zoe have distinct voices and while reading the book, I never felt confused about which character I was following. Each of them are surrounded by a gang of characters that helps the story to evolve. I will say that there were a lot of characters to remember along the way, but that is not necessarily a bad thing because the book never felt boring to me and all of those characters played a key role at some point.

I loved that this book had a lot of action, but that action didn’t spoil the development of the story. The authors took their time to explain each situation and to build up to them. The scenes were fairly original as well and it distinguished this book from many of the other post-apocalyptic tales that have appeared in the YA genre.

Of course, like almost every other YA book I have ever read, there is certainly a romantic element in the novel as well. Even in this regard, however, there was a lot of room for development. I REALLY look forward to picking up the next book in the series.

Bringing in ‘abilities’ with the concept of a deadly virus really helps to make this book stand out as well. If you are looking for something overly realistic, don’t look here. This book was meant to be more on the fantasy side of things, but I feel that it adds so much to the story at the same time! Plus, cute snuggle animals as well. 🙂

So many questions! Who is MG and what are his motivations? I feel that an oppressive governmental entity is looming on the horizon. What other romantic relationships from the past will come into play in regards to Jason? Where the HELL is Clara?

Finally, the writing style of this novel reminded me of another book that I read not too long ago called “Desperate Times” by Nicholas Antinozzi. That book was written for a more ‘adult’ audience and from the perspective of a male, but the emphasis on day-to-day character development and the ability for the author to really draw me into the novel was also evident in ‘After the Ending’.

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