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Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it's that life in this new world is highly imperfect.

When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right. But the highly imperfect world makes only one guarantee - zombies never die, never stop, and are never satiated.

©2014 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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Let me start by saying that I was on the end of my seat listening to this one! I had to stop my audiobook to do a family thing and it was right at THAT scene and I spent the entire day thinking about these characters, I felt like I left them in the middle of a big thing and they were stuck fighting until I came back lol. I couldn't believe the direction this story took and was a little upset about it at first but I know it made this more realistic because of it. Great book! Can't wait to start book 3!

Julia Whelan was amazing as always!

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FABULOUS LISTEN!

I listened to both books and the novella non stop, I couldn't put it away..... There is times when it seems like it's going to be boring and all doom and gloom but Fleming's throws another twist into it and bam a new direction is established. I can tell you that this book brought times of tears running down my face from the intensity of the characters emotions, but it also had me laughing out loud or smiling too.....

Again, GREAT STORY + EXCELLENT NARRATION= FABULOUS LISTEN!!! Well worth the credit!!

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Omg

Way to rip a person’s heart out! A zompoc book has never made me cry...and definitely not multiple times.

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Boring

Maybe I should have seen it coming after book 1, but this was a love story with the slightest hint of zombies sprinkled in.

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Abysmal Disappointment!

I enjoyed Fleming's first novel in this series, and I was glad the reviews were accurate.
This second book is bad storytelling in so many ways that I began to think she must have had help with the first one.
First, the vast majority of the book is a teen romance written in the most adolescent "who likes who?" language.
Second, any plot progression that does occur results from stupidity.
Third, she kills off many of the characters you invested in through the first book without any continued character development. They made it through the first book, but here they tease each other like 12-year-olds for an hour, and suddenly they're dead for no satisfactory reason.
Avoid this book. It's not any good.

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Middle Book Syndrome

This book suffers from all the problems that always affect middle books in trilogies; there's plenty going on and lots of stuff happening but almost none of it feels important. When you get to the end of this book and what you knew had to happen has finally happened, you know you've pushed through to the climax of the story. So, all the stuff that you want to see, the questions you want answered, and the things you want to know, should be in the next book... Here's hoping.

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Prepare yourself

Prepare. There will be tears and anger and probably many times when you wish you had stopped after the first novel, if you're anything like myself. But the story and the emotions are so real it's really amazing it's a work a fiction. Standing ovation for Fleming, even if I hate her a little.

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Super Boring

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I loved books 1 & 1.5. I loved the characters and their stories. This book though, it's just blah. I could sum up the entire book in 5 sentences and the reader could go directly to book 3 and be completely caught up.
How did people manage to survive at Kingdom Come without this group of friends? No one else can fight the zombies. No one can patrol. No one can go on supply runs. Anytime someone has to go out of the fence, it's a handful of the main characters. There's an important death, but I was glad. This character was annoying perfect, which made me glad when they died.
The writing goes like this: Love story, love story, love story.......oh let's just go out of the fence for no particular reason, one or 2 people get eaten by zombies........love story, love story, love story........oh, you need more fuel? let's go out of the fence. Woops, we were careless and hit a ditch, causing another person to get eaten........love story, love story, love story.........let's go visit another safe zone and go pitch a tent out in the middle of nowhere, and then be shocked when we wake up in the middle of a field of zombies..........Another safe zone got overrun by zombies and none of the hundred or so survivors, including soldiers, can remove the dead bodies, so let's go over and do it for them, making sure to get one or 2 of us eaten along the way. The scenario really does repeat itself throughout the ENTIRE book. Super boring and predictable.
It picked up pace at the very end. So I'll continue with the series, considering there's only 1 book left. But I'm pretty sure how it's going to go. The next love story is pretty predictable.

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Ramance & relationships with a few zombies

Not much zombie action. Mostly relationship development and drama. Not what I was looking for. I made it through the previous one but this was a drag.

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Sex in the City drama. Totally sucks.

This story focused on relationships in the apocalypse and hardly had anything to do with zombies. If you want a really great zombie survival story, then listen to "We're Alive" on Podcast Addict. Now that's a fantastic listen!

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  • kdsshrub
  • 04-23-16

Get the tissues out!

Well, wasn't I balling on the motorway at some points of this book.

Great story, love the characters.

This series of books and up there with my fav's
Highly recommend!
Roll on my next credit so I can listen to the last book!!!!

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  • bronagh
  • 02-18-16

Brilliant follow up

The story goes on and I'm still gripped can't wait to start the next and unfortunately the last one..this lady can write

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-25-15

Excellent

Excellent series absolutely loved it can't wait for third and final book....will read again

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  • Katt collins
  • 03-10-20

spoiler alert *************




I'm now at the end of book 2 and now contemplating whether or not to read book 3. the writing is wonderful, the narration is perfect and the story is great. But, there is so many key characters that get killed off? I really don't understand why. as a reader/listener you become invested and fond of these key characters, you slower get to know them and understand them and learn to love them, and then, they are killed off! I really do not understand it. you then have to start all over again getting to know new characters. I was really upset when Hanna, Dan, john was killed off.
so I give this 4/5 it would have deserved twice as much but its put me off of reading book 3 incase anymore characters you grow to love get killed off.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-28-19

Gripping

I really enjoyed the first book; the second (this one) was even better. I sat in my car for ten minutes after arriving at work this morning because I couldn't stop listening until I heard how one scene turned out. laughs, tears, Hopes and fears all tied together with a great story. It's going to be a long two weeks waiting for my next credit, although if it hadn't been for the freebie (So Long Lollipops) I probably would never have chosen this series.

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  • SE COATES
  • 02-25-17

Be prepared!

The story continues a pace, but be prepared for sad times ahead.
Grief is well described and just when you've had enough, the person starts to recover. There are no happy endings, though there is hope for the future. Can't wait to listen to book 3!

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  • dee
  • 01-04-21

Much Better Than The City Series

Julia Whelan is a good narrator- she gets better with the male voices as the novel goes on.

Unlike the City series, this is a better blend of action and domesticity, but the fact that most people don't act to protect themselves is unrealistic, as is the insistence on treating under-18s as children. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, everyone except toddlers and babies would be working and learning how to survive! Similarly, no one would be babysitting Bits and tolerating temper tantrums!

On a related note, I am not sure why everyone is planting and canning when they know huge herds are sweeping northwards!


Apart from these quibbles, the willingness to kill off major characters makes a welcome change from similar novels. Cassie is also a more developed and sympathetic character than Eric and Sylvie in the City series. Penny is whiny and pathetic but doesn't make many appearances in the main plot.

I am not expecting any major surprises in the last novel of the series, but am sufficiently invested to spend a credit!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-29-20

Author learn from this mistake

Author made a extremely BIg mistake with this storyline, I stoped listening when first one died and won’t be listening to next book. I returned this and asked for refund!!!!

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  • Angela G
  • 09-13-20

Couldn't stop listening

Really enjoying this series, definitely will be listening to the next book. Would certainly recommend

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  • Rachael
  • 08-10-20

Excellent from start to finish

Excellent from start to finish, the main characters are all well thought out. I'm going to listen to the third as soon as i can.

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  • osullytony
  • 01-03-16

Good not great.

Many things are done and not done, in this survival of the end of the world. Constantly I'm thinking they have this, but don't do anything with it... even when they dig a trench, I'm thinking they have 250 people and they are doing washing and canning and then they just abandon the food and gasoline they have risked their lives to get... Not the most logical of book trilogy's so far and again not one person considers going to a hydro dam or a mountain... If they had trained all those people a thousand would be nothing... Just saying.

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  • Rachel
  • 01-01-21

Fantastic!

Love these characters. Felt every mile of their journey. An excellent read! Looking forward to the next part.

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  • Petra
  • 12-01-19

Great series of books

Really love the way Fleming writes her characters. This series and the City series are amongst my all time favorites in this genre.

I listen while walking and this morning, I had tears streaming down my face, so embarrassing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-19

Zombie apocalypse win

Great book! I love anything zombie related, and this series really hits the mark for me. A little predictable at times. But fantastic characters and story, with enough blood and gore to keep me satisfied.

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  • lorrena
  • 11-22-18

Brilliant book

Love the characters and love the way it pulls you in and you fall in love with them

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-18

One of the best stories I've heard. Great narrator

A must! It isn't as gritty and gory as what I am used to, but the storytelling is amazing and the characters are all so loveable.

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  • Trina H
  • 02-17-18

Too sad, but can’t put it down

Wow who else in Cass,s life can die? I am sucked into this book and want the next book to see what happens. Although I thought the first book was very sad and had to use many tissues, this one has also done the same. I usually only like books with happy endings, but I am hooked on this series.

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  • Samantha
  • 05-18-15

Line!

Was Hooked! on the first one, this one is the line. Loving this trilogy, the characters are fantastic and the action is addictive. I enjoy the narration, but sometimes wish the male voices were narrated by a male voice - this is my only criticism.