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.
This was a really enjoyable 'read'. The characters really came to life by the readers and the story flowed. Great ending too.
Would rather read under a tree on a summer day, than work.
I likes that Maria is safe. This new aspect of the zombie genre is refreshing. I like that it focuses on the people more than the zombies. Survival before blood and guts.
I highly recommend this series and personally want to see more.
loved every second of this book.
I had been hoping to find out what happened to Eric and Maria ever since I got hooked on Until the End of the World (where you'll learn about Eric's sister Cassie and Maria's daughters Penny and Anna).
Ms. Fleming has a way of tying up loose ends so you have a sense of closure and leaving some frayed so you'll want more.
Now I need to know what happened to Grace's family - hopefully in the next book....please!
The two narrators definitely took some gttng used to ...there were some 'flow' and editing issues. At one part both of the narrators of the book, said '(character?)___ said'.
Therese was amazing and Luke did a good job as well- his 'kid' and 'teenager ' voices need A LOT of work. It might have been better if Therese had done their voices.
I loved tht Eric and Maria had survived (frm the last book) and I really liked all the new characters also. I'm excited for the next book! And the next ...and the next.... please hurry Sarah!
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.
"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! 🤗
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