Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too. This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of. Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.
©2013 Saray Lyons Flemin (P)2014 Podium Publishing
Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd
What an absolutely great story! Narrator was PERFECT, characters were awesome, story was seamless. Perfect zombie tale, but so much more. Emotion filled book. I loved, hated, feared, laughed and cried. This author has done a wonderful job with this one and whoever choose the narrator did their job ten fold. Worth a credit or the price. I'll be revisiting this again and following this author for more!
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
as the story opens, cassie and her best friend, penny, are heading to work. the author spends a little time introducing this small group of friends who work together before the action starts. cassie and her friends live and work in brooklyn, new york. the lx virus has spread across the world and has reached the u.s. however, most of the cases have appeared in the west and midwest so cassie and her friends haven't been too worried about it. later in the day when the local news reports that they expect 20,000 people in the greater nyc area to be infected in the next 24 hours, cassie and her friends decide to head to penny's apartment instead of going out drinking.
as they head to penny's apartment, most people are carrying on as normal- eating, drinking, and making merry on a friday night. before they reach penny's apartment, they encounter their first infected person that truly scares them. holed up at penny's apartment, they begin to learn the true extent of the outbreak as james, cassie's techy friend, discovers the local news has been lying about the rate of the infection. as things start to devolve, penny receives a text message from her mom, who works at the hospital. she tells penny to meet her at cassie's apartment so they can flee the city. everybody realizes the situation is much worse than they previously thought, except for anna, penny's younger sister. the publisher's summary describes her as "bratty," and that description is right on.
although the characters are in their late 20s, i would definitely classify this story as a young adult (ya) zombie apocylapse. why you ask? because of the themes. yes, there are zombies, but they act as more of a catalyst for the characters to confront their situations, feelings, and relationships than a terrifying threat. the story starts out as a zombie apocylapse story, but it quickly becomes more of a ya problem / coming of age novel. being in my mid 30s, i can relate to it b/c the main character, cassie, experiences THE most coming of age problems at that age- did i let go of the man i should of married.
this is more of a character driven story than zombie driven story. yes, there is a lot of zombie action in the beginning, but once they escape nyc, the story focuses mostly on the complicated relationship between cassie and peter and peter's and anna's belief that this whole thing will blow over and that things will quickly be back to normal.
i was innitially engrossd by the zombie aspect, but as the story continued, i got caught up in the inter-relationship drama. this was kind of surprising to me. i was kind of bummed that the zombies took a back seat, but i kept listening b/c of the characters. i could relate to them and feel their frustrations. and yes, i was at times very annoyed with some of them, but to me, that's good writing- when the author can stir emotions in you that you weren't expecting.
the narration is really good. julia whelan does a good job bringing the characters to life and portraying their emotions. i found the writing tight and the dialogue smooth and believable.
the story is kind of predictable and more ya than zombie. you could easily replace the zombies with any other serious disaster and have the same story. so if you're looking for a zombie-centered apocylapse story, you might want to read a few other reviews before deciding on this. if you're looking for a good ya story with an end of the world slant, look no further b/c you've found it.
i hope i don't come across as too sexist, but i think female listeners would enjoy this sort of story more than male listeners. but i may be wrong! i'm a guy, and i enjoyed it. but i only listen to ya stories every once in a great while, and i didn't know this was a ya novel. maybe i should've paid more attention while reading the summary.
after listening to the entire story, i would say my overall impression is a feel good zombie apocylapse. kind of an oxymoron, but it fits!
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
I thought this book was great. It had some action, great characters and a great story line, everything you want in a good book. Everything from the action, to the interaction of the group to who lives and dies is well throughout and developed. It has something to make you feel annoyed, something to make you feel sad, something to make you feel excited and every range of emotion in between. Highly recommended for everyone!
Julia Whelan does a wonderful job with the narration bringing the characters to life and really adding to the enjoyment of this book.
Until the end of the world reminded me of Forstchen's One Second After. They both take a catastrophic event (EMP pulse and pandemic) and deal with the aftermath in a realistic way. Infrastructure collapses and those who survive must learn how to live in what remains. There are practical characters and self centered ones. It is definitely not a typical zombie novel. Closer to Lucifer's Hammer or Life as we knew it. If you are a fan of this genre you will enjoy this book.
I became a fan of Julia's after Gone Girl and I think that remains her best work by far. I still get annoyed at her male characters though. They're a bit cringeworthy. I can almost picture the face she makes when she's reading.
"Cassie..." Julia says poking out her lips and furrowing her brow.
I guess there are worse ways I could have spent my time. Just imagine that season of The Walking Dead where they spent a lifetime at Hershel's farm and they'd cut to a zombie every so often just to remind you what show you're watching.
First, I love that this book starts you off in New York from the beginning of the outbreak. Most zombie narratives involve a protagonist waking up from a coma or a group of friends coming back from a ridiculously long stint far removed from civilization. I loved learning how this group escaped the outbreak when so many less self involved people may have been infected.
This book also tries to do what a few others have tried and could not. Sarah Lyons Fleming took a zombie apocalypse theme and managed to write a book where the characters are the focus and not the outbreak. It worked really well at first but then I found myself losing interest at the lack of external conflict and I began speeding up the narration. I quickly grew tired of the attitude of some characters. I mean, I guess this is what New York hipsters could be like in a zombie outbreak but I started hoping that maybe they would be sacrificed to the horde after a while.
In all, this isn't a bad read. Just don't expect a pulsating zombie thriller.
I am a person who watches Walking Dead. That being said, I loved this book. It's basically like a season of walking dead with people who actually make good decisions and with more character development. This book is more about the relationships than the gore, but I loved that aspect of "zombie apocalypse" and the dangers constantly lurking. There were many surprises in this book, and I was on the edge of my seat listening (shouting out loud as things happened). I loved it and can't wait for the next one to come out.
It held my interest but didn't excite me like other books such as JL Bourne Day by Day Armageddon series.
Character development was very good, descriptions of relationships, parents, family, hair, skin tone even types of jeans, shoes etc. was very detailed. Interesting characters with good twists in their development.
Unfortunately for me the author spent 95% of the book about the love stories of the characters, their relationships to one another and details about clothing vs. actually fighting/struggling to survive a pandemic with zombies. Of the entire 13hrs of story I think there were 5-7 fights with the infected. The rest was mostly who loves who and how will they all live with one another.
Some books along this side go too far into the fighting/killing with too many characters you know nothing about and you end up not caring who lives/dies or how.
This book is the opposite end of the spectrum with the story all about relationships and very little actual survival related storyline as it pertains to the infected.
If you think this is going to be your typical post apocalyptic zombie tale, you're wrong. It's mostly a collection of memories and events that happened prior to the outbreak. With well over 100 chapters in this title, there is surprisingly very little zombie action. If you are looking for lots of action and gore, look on. This listen was just ok for me. The narrator does an adequate job, but for the most part, these people go about life in a fairly normal way and are not bothered by zombies most of the time. I found it kind of dull, no idea where the "wow's" are coming from.
So, I haven't been lucky lately when I've taken risks using my credits to get books from unknown authors, particularly first timers. Although a bit annoying at the beginning (dialogues and situations a bit forced), I quickly found myself liking all of the characters and although you could say that flashbacks don't really work with the rest of the narrative, overall I found the story really had a good pace. You come to understand most of the characters' motivations, weaknesses and feelings. I'm yet waiting to see how that sequel goes. My guest is that it'll be on Eric, I hope!
I use audiobooks as means of an escape from reality. Nice to just relax with a book. Ienjoy a very eclectic array of genres...anywhere from chick lit romance to mystery to science ft. Just a common mother of three.
The likable characters, the room to grow on the story. Good opening book, to be honest I'm more excited about the next book then I am about this o me. I finally got immersed in this one wh e n it ended.
I really like Nel, loved John and of course the heroine. John is the glue that makes the story stick. Nel is just funny and oddly strong for a gay man...but good that way.
I love JULIA, she is one of my favorites, she is actually how I found this book. I'm always looking at my favorite authors favorite narrators New books.
Not at first, but like I said give it a few chapters and it really grows on you.
Hope the next comes out soon.
"Did not let me down! I am delightfully surprised!"
I will make this shortish and hopefully sweet!
If you like zombie fiction buy this book and if you don't and zombies are not your thing then I would still be inclined to recommend this tale of love,loyalty and tragedy.
Of course this is a work of fiction based around the zombie apocalypse but it is so character driven you almost forget in parts that the walking dead are roaming the earth! There are so many zombie based books around that follow a similar premise that as much as I am a fan of our reanimated foes, I do find that I am rarely surprised. I would say that the main focus of this book is the relationships between the characters, be that with friends, family or lovers, good, bad and indifferent. Its not sloppy or cheesy, its very honest and full of heightened emotion (as it would be if the world was ending) at times I really wanted to hit and scream at certain characters and I did cry at other moments.
It still has a fair amount of brutal bits and I am surprised its been placed as a teenage book, there are no teenagers in it! Its definitely for adults.
Good solid narration by Julia Whelan brings together I well written and characterised piece that keeps you engaged and hopeful until the end........ of the world and after, there has to be more.
More than worth a credit.
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