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The world is dark, silent except for the crackling of flames that consume the remains of what was once Chicago.

©2016 Shannon Butler (P)2017 Shannon Butler

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 09-25-17

Good Premise, Missed a Bit on Execution

2.75 out of 5 stars

The world basically ended and no one remembers it. Except for one person. This person happens to remember when the bombs fell and remembered when she was bitten by one of the monsters that were created. The only downfall is that she cannot remember anything from before. She has no idea what he name is or who she was before the bombs scorched Chicago to the ground.

The premise of this story had me really excited. Also, the narrator (who, I believe is the daughter of one of my favorite authors Richard Rieman). I was so excited for this book. Sadly, it let me down quite a bit.

The story itself could have been a really good one and anytime I thought it was about to get really good the scene would end and things would just “workout” for the characters. I won’t go into all the details, but I will summarize how I felt about the entire book. It felt too easy. Travelling from A-B in a post-apocalyptic world is nearly impossible, yet they made it from Boston to Nashville, and then Nashville to Atlanta without an issue. They were let into super secure buildings with barely a question asked. They met one of the most powerful people left in the world by knocking on her door. Things were too easy for a post-apocalyptic world that was brought down by an insane virus followed by bombs and fire.

I really don’t like being negative towards the book. I know that authors spend a long time writing what they feel is the perfect story. With Beyond The Inferno — things felt really rushed through the whole book. It felt like Butler was worried that she was going to lose her audience if she wrote about the journey instead of the destination. There were just some parts of the book that could have been described better or written out a little bit more that could have improved the book a little. And then adding some drama/issues along the way. Nothing goes as expected on a normal trip, but add in The Revenant and other issues — the journeys should have been harder. Trust should come at a cost. People should be scared of new and different things.

The things that I liked about the book was the premise of the story. And even towards the end, just how the whole thing started was awesome. I just wish that it was explained more and with more detail.

I think I could have forgiven more in this book had I known it was written for a YA audience OR if the main characters were all under 20. But they weren’t. They were people close to my age and they acted like they were 15 and going out on their own for the first time.

The thing is — I didn’t hate everything about the book. It’s definitely better than a 1 or a 2, but if Butler were to re-write this book (or take any of my suggestions into her next book) I would be willing to check it out. I think that once Butler hones in on her writing skill in the post-apocalyptic genre that she will be just fine. The other issue that comes into play is that I read a ton of PA books. I’ve probably read more than 50 in 2017 alone. So, I’m comparing the struggles (or lack of) to other books that I’ve read and they just weren’t equal.

Overall, a hit-or-miss book. I think if you’re a YA fan, you might like it. If you’re a hardcore PA fan like I am — I’m not sure what to tell you. Check it out and let me know!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook - it has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed it please vote for it. If you'd like to see more like it check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

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slow building but really good!

I agree with some of the other reviews that this story was a bit slow building but I really enjoyed it! This was a really interesting post-apocalyptic story. I love a good amnesia story line and really enjoyed this one! Narration was perfect for this story!

**audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review**

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Beyond the Inferno

The best thing about this book is the narrator. I couldn't stand the main character. She's whiny and self-absorbed. There were some interesting bits to the story like how the plague came to be. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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Beyond the Inferno

This is a really good short apocalypse book.I like that it contains the whole story and didn't have a cut off leading into another book.People wake up and do not remember what happened.Only one grl remembers and she has dreams,etc.She and her new friends set out to find a truth that is shocking.Erin Rieman did a great job narrating.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Confusing

What did you like about this audiobook?

The plot was new and interesting.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

No

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

No information was presented.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing. The performance was good.

Do you have any additional comments?

I was given this book in exchange for a fair review.

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Absolutely Loved it.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." I love the end of days books and this one is one of the better ones I've had the pleasure of listening to. It kept me on edge and wanting more. I hope that there is more to come in this world.

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A zombieless zombie book

The end of the world has come. The zombies invaded cities, with their contagious bite and lack of care. The only way to end this was bombarding most of the bigger cities, even though some innocent had to perish with them. Strangely, nobody remembers how it happened, since they just woke up to a flaming world of dying zombies. There is nevertheless a girl who remembers this terrible event, but has forgotten her previous life. She will need answers, and her new friends will join her in her quest.

This is a zombieless zombie book. There is plenty of talk about them and the horrors surrounding them but as they have died with the bombarding, none of them appear in this book. I am not generally fond of zombie novels, so I appreciated this, but for those who love to read about slow zombies dragging their feet and eating brains, they may be disappointed by this book.

This book is about a quest, not only about the origin of the zombies (which it is too), but a quest to Rose's heart. Do the memories make a person? If there is memory loss, and the person in question starts to make new ones, is this still the same person? This questions are asked again and again throughout the book. It is an interesting topic, but maybe not the one that one expects from an apocalypse book. Rose is twenty-three but most of the time she behaved like a teen, which makes this book appropriate for YA. There is also a lot about romance, and a love triangle that she can't figure it out. It was just too much for me, but I understand that this may appeal to many YA readers.

Although this is not a long book (just under five hours) it seemed to stall for the most part. Shannon focused too much on this personal quest and romance, while dropping important details about the zombi invasion here and there. There is a resolution towards the end, but the execution was far from credible and it felt quite rushed.

Erin Rieman's narration was absolutely wonderful. Checking her Audible page I am amazed at the fact that this seems to be her first book. Rieman has a very sweet voice but she knows how to use it well. She gave different voices to all the characters and her male voices were quite good. Her character's interpretations were really emotive, and the audio production was spot on. I am looking forward to future books narrated by Rieman.

I received this book in audio format from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Entertaining

Amnesia and the apocalypse is an interesting mix. What do you do when you wake up one day and the world is suddenly different. Not just different because of an apocalyptic event but because you can't remember anything. That's what the characters in this story face. Except for one. Olivia/Rose she remembers. Some things.

Overall it's a good story with a bit of an interesting and original take on a zombie apocalypse. Not being able to recall how it all started. So the reader is just as much in the dark as the characters are in some respects. While it is entertaining and enjoyable, it's a slower moving story that could have been a great book with just a little more detail, explanation and action. I kept waiting for something "more" to happen.It felt like half a story in a lot of ways. It's also an apocalypse light story. Nothing to suspenseful, bloody or gruesome happens.

Good cast of interesting and likable characters. Added into this devastated world the characters find themselves in, there is a love triangle.

I did do a double take at the CDC part of the book. It's a little reminiscent of another very popular show that has a similar scene.

Erin Rieman did a fantastic job with the narration. She was the perfect narrator for this story. Pleasant voice that fit the main character perfectly. Really good character voices. Both male and female. Her narration is clearly spoken with a nice even pace. She was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life. Very enjoyable.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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  • H D
  • Crestview, FL
  • 10-11-17

End of one world, perhaps the beginning of new.

I enjoyed this book and it was a little different from a lot of the other dystopian/zombie books. The narrator did an excellent job. I voluntarily reviewed this audio book after receiving an advanced copy.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 10-08-17

Interesting take

This isn't the typical zombie apocalypse. The main character is is deeply sad throughout the story. Rieman does an absolutely fantastic job bringing the depth of despair the end of civilization would bring. Decent story, could have done without the love triangle, but it did tie into the story somewhat, so that's fine. Good listen!

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 10-07-17

Interesting premise that didn't quite work

When I first read about this book, I was interested in the simple twist it had on a zombie post-apocalyptic novel by focusing on the time period after the zombies have mostly been killed off.

However, I don't think that the author quite manage to make this premise interesting enough to sustain the novel fully and indeed switched the focus onto a love triangle that really didn't grab my attention. I think that most people are too used to the world in post-apocalyptic novels generally being so difficult to survive in that things just seemed a little too easy for the main characters in this book, particularly the convenience of finding particular people at various stages of the story.

I am not familiar with the narrator of this book, but found her performance to be a strong one that improved my overall impression of the book, her voices for the supporting cast were distinct enough without being too obtrusive and her voice of the main character was an enjoyable one.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and the narration of it, but was a little disappointed in the eventual focus of it.

[Note - This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.]

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