From the universe of the Until the End of the World series. (Note: The City Series can be heard before or after the Until the End of the World series)
Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in.
Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival - if he can make it home.
Sylvie doesn't need more than food, water, and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn't what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.
©2016 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I was excited to find Sarah Lyons Fleming had released another book in the Until the End realm. I loved the first series and have listened to it multiple times. I must admit I love this book more than any of the three in the original trilogy and novella.
I love how real these characters were, how SLF made them loveable even with their flaws. Sylvie's and Grace's friendship is enviable. The humor between them and Sylvie and Eric is perfect. I never thought a post apocalyptic book could make me laugh out loud so many times, as well as feel fear or sadness.
This book has joined my top 5 books of all times. SLF has a real gift for words. I can't wait for the next book.
To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...
Loved it! If you are new to this author, stop! Check out her trilogy + novella, Until The End of The World. Mordacious is a spin off of that series. It is not essential that you read Until the End of the World first to enjoy this book, but I recommend you do.
Do you like zombie / survival stories – but hate to get bogged down with endless tragedy and after tragedy? I love apocalyptic novels, but I am often turned off by plots that take the reader down a dark hole (evil humans, society at its worst, characters spending the entire book trying to find a way out of a hopeless and ugly scenarios). While Fleming’s novels include all these elements, her books center on the dynamics of the survival group. The plot is centered on her characters, their struggles, and growth – that happen to be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
Fleming wrote the first “Feel Good” Zombie story I have ever read – and it was such a breath of fresh air! That is, when my heart wasn’t racing from fearing for my beloved characters well being and safety.
Narration: I am a narrator snob. I have loved Luke Daniels since “The Druid” series… he does a fine job here. I am new to Therese and thought she was a little better fit for the character she’s playing. The story is told from two points of view, so that is why we get a male and female narrator. When the two characters are together, the narrators get to play off each other, the narration really shines. I saw one negative review of the narration and I honestly don’t know what they are talking about. The narration is great.
Can't wait for the next installment!
I previously read it before I listened to the audiobook. I think I enjoyed reading it better, but I still loved listening to it.
Sylvie and Eric were probably tied. They are both so funny and witty and i obviously love what's happening between them. Sylvie isn't afraid to stand up for herself and her friends. She doesn't realize the impact that she has on people. She thinks she isn't worth anyone's friendship, but she doesn't realize that anyone she meets loves her. Eric gets her. Knows when to push her and when to back off. He gives her time to adjust to him and he respects her personality traits.
Sarah has a way with words. She could write the dictionary and I would still listen to it all in one sitting.
If you haven't read the prequel series to this, you are missing out. It's called "Until the End of the World" and it has three books. They are so phenomenal. I have re listened and re read probably a dozen times. Do yourself a favor ;) This series is setting up to be the same. I love her writing. And her plot twists.
I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
From the universe of Until the End of the World comes the first installment of the tale of Cassie's brother, Eric, Ana and Penny's mother, Maria, and a cast of characters also trying to survive while stranded in New York City. I was taken in by Cassie in the first 3 books; in so many ways I could relate to her. I have often wondered if the character, Cassie, is based on Lyons Fleming or someone close to her. She is fully a real and flawed character who we get to know on such a deep level that for me I felt as if I knew her as a close friend. The cast of characters Cassie loves and cares for and sacrifices for are also unique, funny, and equally devoted to Cassie. I admire Lyons Fleming's writing style and pacing so much that I have actually listened to all three books in the first series twice. The first time was to enjoy the unfolding story and the second time was to admire the process she uses throughout. I was always set on reading the next series of books because of the connection I felt to the characters. This first book, Mordacious, picks up where the last book in the first series left off. While I miss the characters and the story line from the first series this book is just as engrossing as the first one in the first series. Lyons Fleming introduces us to a new cast of characters struggling to stay alive and figuring out who to trust. Lyons Fleming's strength lies in her ability to balance the flow of the action with the details she reveals about each new character. I already have the sense that these folks are real people who could have experienced the events in the book. Even though this is a first story in a series we get to immediately see what lengths each character will go to in the decisions they make in horrific circumstances. We get to see how they make choices, what sacrifices they will make, why they make them, and for me, the most striking part, is that we get to see the emotional struggle ongoing in staying true to self even when the world has gone to hell. The narration is first rate (Audible) even without Julia Whelan (one of my favs). I need the next installment, please. As quickly as possible!
I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
I have listened this series Starting with Cassie's Journey & all she went through!! I was excited to find this book about her brother Eric & his Journey! I can't wait for the next book to come out!! Even though this series has new narrators they did an amazing job! In a way I'm glad Sarah Lyons Fleming switched narrators for this series! DON'T GET ME WRONG THE OTHER NARRATOR WAS JUST AS AMAZING but I like her voices for Cassie, Nelly, Penny, Anna & Peter as well as all the other Characters for that series! So it's good to have new narrators for Eric & his group!
To say I was excited to see a new book out by Sarah Lyons Fleming is an understatement. After finishing. I feel the need to go back & relisten to her Until the End of the World series and at this point I think I will read everything she writes.
Please don't think of this as another Zombie book. Sarah Lyons Fleming writes so much better than that. I read her first set of books and if you haven't you should!
This is more of a side story rather than a sequel. Same time frame but this group is in a different area. They are left behind in NYC when the bridges are all bombed.This is more than how they survive the crazy virus that produces zombies.
This is a human relationship book, how people bond together, and it gets your heartstrings just like her other books. You won't want it to end because you don't want to let these people go.
Narrations is perfect!
1. Love the cover art, the title and how it ties into the book.
2. Read her Until the End of the World series (trilogy + novella) first; it’s a little more interesting.
3. Other than Maria, I also liked the characters in her first series a little better. Though I’m basing that on having read all of those books and have only read book 1 of this series.
4. Because this book takes place almost all in one place (Brooklyn), the author is a little more constrained—no long journeys, etc. Although it is nice to find out what happens to Eric and Maria.
5. While I liked all the characters, I would have rather had Maria’s POV—we get Sylvie’s and Eric’s—but that may be because I am closer to Maria’s age than Sylvie’s and Sylvie is just a little too young and damaged for me (though as always the author always gives her main characters a very satisfactory emotional growth trajectory). Still, I’d probably be more interested in Maria having a love interest than Sylvie, but yeah, my age…
6. I do like that there’s a bit of romance (otherwise all the zombie killing would just be too much) but the author doesn’t go over the top with it.
7. Appreciate the diversity in the characters—not all white people!
8. As for the narration? Interesting. This was one of the first books that didn’t have a full voice cast, but it seemed like it did. I initially found it a little jarring and an unfamiliar format, but as I listened, it was sort of a relief not to have men voicing women and women voicing men. As for Therese Plummer and Luke Daniels, they are two of my favorites (their range of distinctive characters is amazing); however they can perform with a tad too much emotion sometimes, and I’m guessing there are going to be some people who are rather offended at how some of the Hispanic men are voiced. It’s rather over the top.
One of my favorite survival post apocalyptic stories.. the whole series is fantastic
I enjoyed the Mountain Man series, but this one is by far the best in this category and hope the next ones come out soon
the help you love the characters and enjoy the writing that much more.. again, I was hesitant after Julie Whelan did such a fantastic job on the previous series, but Luke and Theresa nailed it to the same 5 star standards.
Not cry but caught up in all the emotions... it's different than reading it.. more like watching a movie
Loved it and can't wait for Book 2... the detail, the characters.. the story... awesome.
I really enjoyed this book Sarah Lyons Fleming is becoming one of my favorite authors this book series is a side series to her original Three Books I would suggest reading them first
"Pure Zombie Joy!"
I love Sarah Lyons Flemings's other books she wrote about the Zombie Apocalypse and I was so thrilled when I found out that she wrote about Eric's and Maria's journey. (You don't have to read the other books before, to understand the story.) Fleming brings the characters alive and there's never a dull moment. Its funny, full of action and very addictive! I can't wait for the next books in this new series!
"Amazing! Can't recommend highly enough!!"
It's been so cool to see what happened to the other side of Cassie's family!
I was slightly worried that the city wouldn't live up to the excellence of the 'end of the world ' trilogy but I needn't have worried as this book was just as good! The characters are fantastic and I think she should never stop writing these stories! I could listen forever. The narrators are fantastic as well!
Please hurry with the next one, I'm starting to get withdrawal lol!
"I really love this series of books."
I've listened to all the books in the serise twice so far. I love the characters, the story lines and the threads of connection between survivors. Listening to what Cassies brothers journey has been like and the people hes met and their survival in the city through another strong yet vulnerable female character. I love it! Great listen... Can't wait for book 2 in the city series... Bring it on! 🤗
"Wonderful moving and heartwarming"
The whole series is excellent! Ive loved and hated and laughed and cried. Please keep these coming.
"Feminist Zombie novel, shrill narration..."
..lots of crying. Gave up after a couple of hours. Sorry men, nothing is sacred.
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