Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: After The Ending By Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue

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After The Ending
By Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue
Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopian
Number of Pages: 478
Source: NetGalley
Published: February 22nd 2013
Publisher: L2 Books


Book Description:

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.

My Review:


The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.


Zoe and Dani have been friends since like forever. They grew up together but now Zoe lives on one side of the United States and Dani lives on the other side. They keep in touch and visit one another as often as possible. They text or call each every day and if they don't hear back from the other very shortly they send an email. They care about and act more like sisters than real sisters do.


Then one day a virus like the flu starts making its rounds and everyone and I do mean everyone gets it. It is very deadly; people start dropping like flies. Zoe and Dani both become very sick themselves but for some reason they make it through it unlike most. Zoe and Dani both lose their roommates but poor Dani also loses her boyfriend Cam whom she loved very much and planned on growing old with him. Zoe's brother Jason who is in the Army and has been stationed near Dani finds her and along with a group of his army buddies they head out to meet Zoe. While Zoe, her ex-boyfriend and her roommates best friend Sarah all head out together to meet Dani and Jason. But first Dani and Jason are going to go and check on Jason and Zoe's Dad and then go check on Dani's Grams.

Warning while reading After The Ending you are going to need a box of tissue. There will be times when you laugh so hard you will be bending over double like you have a stomach ache and there will be a lot of times when the tears will be rolling down your face. Zoe and Dani both will make you cry and laugh at the things they say or do but Dani will be the one that brings out your emotions the most or she did mine.

Both of these girls go through similar things while they are making their way across the United State to be with one another again. After the ending the most important thing in both of their lives is finding one another. No one or no thing will get in there way. I can relate to Dani and Zoe's friendship. I have a best friend whom I have known since I was a child but she was an adult then. It was later in life when I was an adult that we became bff's. We hardly ever talk to one another on the phone, text, email or visit one another and we live about five miles apart. I know this is very sad and it is more my fault than hers seeing how I can drive and she can't. Even though we don't see or talk to each other you can ask either one of us who our best friend is and we will both say each other's name. The whole time I was reading After The Ending about Zoe and Dani emailing each other and it being both of their #1 priority to find one another I kept thinking of my best friend. I guess that is why I could feel what Dani and Zoe were feeling at times. You know that is what makes a writer or in this case writers so great is when they can make you feel what their character's feel. Now that is what I call a very great book indeed.

I wondered how two people write a book together. How does that work out? The more I would read the more I kept thinking that one wrote the part of Zoe and the other wrote Dani's story. I could just tell this I guess because of each character's personality or maybe because it just made since to me. But you know it was like reading two books in one or it could have been. I mean you could have one book with just Dani trying to find her friend and all you knew about Zoe would be Dani's memories and the emails she received from her and the other book would be about Zoe and the emails she received from Dani of course. But hey I loved it just the way it was. I loved the ending with that big cliffhanger but I can't believe the writer left did that. I was like what the? No way! I had to read it twice; I just could not believe it. Ok ok I really, really cannot wait for the next book Into The Fire. I have so many unanswered questions like "what happened?" "how did it happen?" "why did it happen?" "is she ok?" is he ok?" "how will they handle it?" Oh this is definitely one book that will stay with me for a very long time. Oh oh and I highly recommend that everyone who likes reading this genre or even if you don't but just like a really fantastic book then you need to read After The Ending today right now.

About the Authors:

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Lindsey Fairleigh lives her life with one foot in a book-as long as that book transports her to a magical world or bends the rules of science. Her novels, from post-apocalyptic to time travel and historical fantasy, always offer up a hearty dose of unreality, along with plenty of adventure and romance. When she's not working on her next novel, Lindsey spends her time reading and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She lives in the Napa Valley with her loving husband and confused cats.

Lindsey Pogue has always been a little creative. As a child she established a bug hospital on her elementary school soccer field, compiled books of collages as a teenager, and as an adult, expresses herself through writing. Her novels are inspired by her observations of the world around her-whether she's traveling, people watching, or hiking. When not plotting her next storyline or dreaming up new, brooding characters, Lindsey's wrapped in blankets watching her favorite action flicks or going on road trips with her own leading man.

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