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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
This is a great series
I have never laughed and cried so much with a book as I've done with this one. Love found lost and moving onIn a world of zombies.
I can't really say much about this book without lots of spoilers except it has ramped up the action.
Julia Whelan is perfect for this series.
The characters are clear and individual.
I highly recommend this book. To actually see the world through Cassie's eyes is a real treat.
"A little monotonous"
The biggest problem I had with this book is that it continued the later trend of book one in getting lost in a lot of the mundane day-to-day life - it tried to make itself into a dramatic series instead of a story of survival
"hate ZOMBIES< but love love love this book!"
I hold this as one of the favorites. I loved it. I hated for it to end. Just in case you didn't know there is "Until the End of the World", "So Long Lollipops" and then "And After". I would of never read this book if I didn't get the 1.5 book free. It is fantastic.
The way the Sarah Fleming described the details and captured the moments you felt as if your there in the book. Julia Whelan's performance helped added to the experience.
She was awesome the characters and all the work she put into this book was amazing.
The book will be better :)
Read it, listen to it... you will not be disappointed.
"Boring punctuated with omg!"
Just when I think I can't take the endless talking anymore something spontaneously erupts for no rhyme or reason and zombies eat people. Actually it's more due to stupid mistakes. Like touristing on wheels in a zombie safari past a pod of zombies and whoops, where'd that ditch come from? And then another very long stretch of talking and relationships before zombies pop again. I don't really know what to make of it, but I've picked up book three. It's really quite sad really. When the zombies eat people I mean.
"This book is more like a romance novel."
This book is more about romance than the the zombie apocalypse. The story goes around in circles to much.
"What will the 3rd book be like?"
Because there has to be a 3rd book, it'd be really sad if the series ends here. While the first book left us with hope about the future of the characters, the second one felt like a bucket of ice water, leaving us with a sense of uncertainty and fear. I feel the author has matured as a writer, giving us less gossipy, highschool-like feel to the group of friends, who're supposed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, and there's more zombie action. I look forward to the next book.
"A Good Sequel"
This book doesn't lack for action and carries on in the same vein as the first book. I really loved the character relationships, but all I can say is don't get attached to anyone. I have to admit that I think the first book was better, as there was more action as the characters moved from place to place. This book was a little slower.
This was just as good, though very different from, the first book. It was darker and heart-rending rather than heart-pounding. I really enjoyed it, though, and cannot wait to read the next book!
"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
Roll on my next credit so I can listen to the last book!!!!
"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
"Only one year"
The end of the world happened 1 year ago. Just get used to that line. Julia is really making the story both heartbroken and action packed
Excellent series absolutely loved it can't wait for third and final book....will read again
"Can't wait to listen to the next one!!!"
Had me in tears and actually gripping my seat at the sheer tenseness hehe great listen😊😊
Listened at least 15x times and never gets boring. Series Fantastic, narrator amazing, writing awsome!
first book was better but still have the 3rd book to listen to. so much more action in the first book but still enjoyed this book
"Great. couldn't wait to get my headphones on."
listened every chance I got. really enjoyed all aspects. tears and laughing out loud
listened practically in one go! , brilliant and can't wait to start the next. .. In fact I am going to get it right now.
Scary, Sad and Beautiful
Cassie Forrest. If she were a real person, I'd want to be her best friend. But I also loved Nelly. And Bits. And Peter (eventually). And Anna.
Have listened to the other books in the End of the World series. But after listening to these, I have added books read by Julia Whelan to my wishlist. Her performance is absolutely faultless.
Yes! I felt the same about the first book, too. I did listen to the novella in one sitting, as it was short.
This is dystopian fiction with heart and soul. I really cared about the characters, and the books made me laugh, which surprised me, and cry, too. As soon as I finished And After I pre-ordered the next book and went straight back to listening to the first one all over again, even though I have half a dozen unread books in my library. It's just that good.
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