Tuesday, September 10, 2013

After The Ending (The Ending #1) by Lindsey Fairleigh

The first book in the emotionally charged post-apocalyptic series, The Ending.

The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now—broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing—we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.


After the Ending is the book in a new dystopian series.  I thought it was a young adult series, but it's obviously for newer adult/adult.  Written from two different perspectives, that of best friends Dani and Zoe.  They both have their own lives in different parts of the country, but they still constantly connect with one another, either by text, phone or email.

When everyone around them starts to get sick, they shrug it off and do what they need to do, their everyday average living.  But then people start dying, people they know, people they love.  Dani is desperate to contact her grandma and father.  Zoe is desperate to find her brother, Jason, who left home years ago to join the military.

Then Dani gets sick and barely survives.  When she awakens, Jason is there, beseeching her to hurry and pack.  They are going to meet up with Zoe, who Jason has recently re-connected with.  I guess an apocalypse can do that for you.  After the Ending is their journey toward one another and for survival.  It's a story of love, friendship, and learning what really matters.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series.  It's raw and realistic, not to mention almost impossible to put down.  If you enjoy dystopian, give After the Ending a whirl!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I don't usually do post-apocalyptic, but this one sounds kind of awesome.


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