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.
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Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – R
This book moved along briskly, alternating the story lines of Dani and Zoe. Best friends since childhood, they make plans to join up again regardless of the difficulties they now face in a post-apocalyptic world. After the horrific plague wiped out most of the world population, the few survivors try to make sense of their new, changing circumstance. As Dani and Zoe each journey separately across the desolate countryside their groups face many obstacles and encounter weird phenomena – what is left of humanity must adapt or die. The young women make every effort to keep in touch with varying degrees of success and give each other support during their travails. I was entranced.
This book ends with a major cliff-hanger, so be prepared to deal with that frustration. I would have preferred this book to have ended a chapter earlier or to have another chapter or two added to wind down a bit. Oh well! I enjoyed the unique writing style, and loved feeling like I was part of the story, bouncing back and forth between the two groups and their various adventures and chilling encounters.
This book was given to me by the author in return for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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 story line 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.