Aug 182014
 
Review: The End of All ThingsThe End of All Things (The End of All Things #1) by Lissa Bryan
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop on Jan 24, 2013
Genres: Adult, Post Apocalyptic
Format: eBook from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is an exciting and adventure filled apocalypse and survivor story.

At first I was very unsure of Carly’s character. She seemed very OCD, and her thought processes almost seemed to show a mental handicap. I don’t think her character actually had any issues, as things seemed to progressively improve throughout the book. I supposed to could have been shock due to the disaster that happened, but without a peek at her before character, it was hard to judge. As such, I found it took a long time before I was able to connect with her, but I got there eventually.

On the other hand, Justin was a very likable character. I loved Carly’s initial biker guy description of him, which expanded and changed as she got to know him more. His survival skills fit his character and background well, and never once did I doubt his abilities.

The plot following Carly and Justin’s journey out of Alaska through the wastelands of the country reminded me strongly of Ashfall by Mike Mullins, but in an adult setting instead of YA. The highs and lows of the journey were both exciting and believable. The pace of the action was quite satisfying.

Overall, this was a very realistic apocalypse story. The disaster that befell the world was entirely believable, which made it very scary. I really liked the ending, even with all the struggles than popped up, and can’t wait to see what happens next.

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