Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: After the Ending (The Ending Series #1) by Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue

After The Ending (The Ending #1)
The first book in a new Post-apocalyptic Romance series.
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.

Publisher: L2 Books
Publication Date: February 22, 2013
Kat's Review
I have mixed feelings about this book.  I was intrigued enough to keep reading to the end, but there are some issues that took away from my enjoyment.  The biggest issue is the age of the protagonists.  It's mentioned that they're in their twenties, but honestly, I felt that they were teenagers most of the time.  The way they speak with each other, particularly in their emails, reminded me of much younger characters, and I was always surprised when someone mentions their actual age. 
The story follows the alternating narratives of Dani and Zoe, best friends who have survived the Virus and are now trying desperately to get to each other and to safety.  Each woman is traveling with a small group, and they communicate through emails and text messages.  Although I find it hard to believe that the internet would still be working after the Apocalypse, it's a necessary element for this story to work without providing them with the ability to speak in each others' minds across long distances.  However, no one uses the internet for anything else really, which I found kind of odd.  As each woman faces their own set of obstacles and learn about their individual abilities, they share the info with each other.
I liked the premise of the story well enough, and genuinely wanted to know how it would end, but I felt that it was too long, and that the women shared experiences that were eerily similar, including each being the victim of attempted murder at the hands of a woman in love/infatuated with the guy who showed interest in them.  I think I would have enjoyed it more if book one was written from one perspective, with perhaps only the messages from the friend given space.  I'm not sure exactly, but it just felt longer than it should, and it took a long time to get to the good stuff. 
That said, I still wanted to keep reading, and I want to know what happens next. 
Kat's Rating: Worth a Look
I think there's a lot of promise in this series, despite some length and character voice issues.  I have high hopes for the sequel.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I can't decide about this one. You wrote a great review though. I do find it odd that there is email and no one really uses the internet for anything else. Hmmm... I may check it out.


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