The end of the world changes a person.
Carly and Justin have been through a lot in the End of All Things series, and both of them have had to grow and adapt in ways they never would have expected.
When we met Carly in the first book, she was an ordinary young woman who’d just been through an extraordinary ordeal, literally witnessing the destruction of the world she had known and the death of everyone she loved. She was in a deep state of shock and denial when Justin found her, but Justin can see she has fire and steel inside her, and the courage she’ll need to survive.
Justin was uniquely prepared to deal with the breakdown of society. He was an ex-special forces soldier, trained in survival and combat. But he was completely unprepared for the emotions he has for Carly. He’d never experienced love before, so he has to learn how to cope with his feelings while searching for a safe home for his growing family.
In the second book, Carly has to come to a state of acceptance about the fact the old world is gone, and the new world is both lawless and brutal. She has to rely on her latent talents and strengths, and face some terrible decisions where there is no right answer. Justin finds himself in the roles of father, husband, leader, and mentor, when he never thought he would be suitable for any of them.
In the final installment, Carly has grown into her role as leader with the loving support of her friends and family, but what happens when all of that is stripped away? Can she truly stand on her own?
The premise of the series may be the end of the world, but the books are actually about survival—how we adapt and grow in the most terrible of situations, while still holding onto the best parts of humanity: compassion, love, and community. Carly is determined to make a better world for her children, and I think she might just accomplish that.
The Land of the Shadow (The End of All Things #2) by Lissa Bryan
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop on Aug 21, 2014
Genres: Adult, Post Apocalyptic
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Two years after a horrific virus swept the globe, decimating the world’s population, Carly Daniels and her husband, Justin, have made a safe home in the isolated southern town of Colby. Protected by fences and a vigilant population, the residents there had somehow managed to keep the Infection out. Until the sight of Carly and Justin’s healthy baby girl convinced them it was safe to allow Outsiders in.
Now, in the wake of fresh losses, the small band of survivors struggles to rebuild a community. With only nineteenth-century technology to aid them, they must learn skills long forgotten to provide for their basic needs. Each day brings new challenges, and every choice they make affects their long-term survival. While Carly and Justin adjust to a growing family, and to their roles as community leaders, they must rely on one another for strength and support when they face difficult questions.
Carly has to decide how to move forward in a world where equality, justice, and freedom from tyranny are no longer guaranteed. And when new threats emerge, she has to decide what she is willing to do—and how far she’s willing to go—to protect what she has worked so hard to build.
When the end has come and gone, it’s a journey down a long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.