Released: February 22, 2013
Price: $14.99 USD
Many thanks to Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue and L2 Books for the review copy via NetGalley!
Goodreads Book Blurb: 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 Opinion: After The Ending. Oh gosh. What can I even say? There wasn’t much I liked about this book, though when I requested it I had high hopes. Everyone dies from a Virus? Sweet. The remaining people have special powers? Cool. Two female protagonists? Awesome.
The Virus was very blandly written. After coming from the amazing medical research prowess of Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, this was just horrible. There was not enough information for the nerd in me, and there was too much information for the emetophobe in me.
The story of After The Ending was very bland and predictable, overall. It was also rife with holes. 90% of the population has died, and yet there is still internet? Odd. People died in a very quick succession, yet gas is pretty much universally hard to find? Interesting.
The characters of Dani and Zoe were not the strong, diversified female protagonists I was hoping would kick some ass and take some names in this post-apocalyptic world. They were both guilty of the hallowed title of Mary Sue. They were highly interchangeable and I often forgot whose point of view I was reading from. They both read younger than 26. I am 26, and I don’t act like them. It was all very high school. Boys, girl drama (because women only cause drama, right?), more boys, bad guys who want to do bad things, occasionally the special powers popped up… and more boys!
With the point of view switching… I don’t think I have ever found a book I liked where they swapped point of view every single chapter. It seems forced. After The Ending was no exception. But then it switched about two-thirds of the way through, and we had multiple chapters of one character. That was almost more aggravating than the constant switching.
Also, can we talk about calling the end of the world “The Ending”? Why not call it “The End”? Much less awkward.
There is sex in the book. Eventually. It is written more like bodice-ripper sex than post-apocalyptic sex. It was jarring to have the word “sheath” used. No. Just no.
There also wasn’t much interaction with “Crazies”. I recognize that most people died, but the conflict would have been much more interesting if it had been “Crazies” driven, rather than boy-driven.
So, what did I like? Even though I saw it coming a mile away, and it was completely cliche, the ending was OK.
Bottom Line: Honestly? Unless you are looking for a boy-driven almost-young-adult read, this book will only disappoint.