Lit Tuesday: After the Ending Review

What’s this? An actual lit post on Tuesday? Yup. I guess the new year does bring miracles on occasion.

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m still wanting to do a reading challenge again this year. I doubt I’ll finish all the books, but I’m going to try my best! One of the things I need to work on the most is learning balance (though I do unashamedly admit that I have a one-track mind when it comes to things I really enjoy–that’s part of why it’s so hard for me to just stop reading at midnight on Thursday when I should really be sleeping). Maybe even more moderation, like John Milton of Paradise Lost fame practiced. (He essentially believed everything in moderation, including moderation.)

So, all that said, one of the items on the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge is to read a book by two authors. I recently discovered After The Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue on another blogger’s site–I’m pretty sure it was English Lit Lover who popped up on my feed raving about this book. It seemed interesting enough (and I managed to find it for free on Amazon), so I decided to start off my reading challenge with this book.

  • Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quote from the 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, 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, and I survived The Ending.

  • Main Characters: Dani O’Connor and Zoe Cartwright
  • Thoughts:  I wasn’t completely sure what to think at first other than “oh, no.” This makes me think of my own post-apocalyptic story–but that also made me glad! I was able to read another take on immediately following a world-ending event that destroys civilization and see how other people handled that. It was really neat for that reason alone to read this.
    • Otherwise, though, it starts off with a sort of YA feel. I’ll admit that it took me waaay longer than it should have to realize that Zoe and Dani are 26 because I thought they were still in college. Zoe and Dani are best friends, but Zoe lives in Salem, MA and Dani lives in Seattle. As you can tell from the blurb, they get sick and survive through what killed billions of other people. It is suspected about 10% of the population survived (though no one is sure where those numbers are coming from). Jason, Zoe’s brother, calls Zoe and tells her to get to the Petersen Air Force base while he goes and saves Dani. The book is essentially the two of them trying to reunite in Colorado Springs.
    • The characters are great and you can tell one of the authors is a romance author because there are a few steamy scenes in this book. The POV switch back and forth between Zoe and Dani each chapter took a bit of getting used to, but I really enjoyed it. It was great to see their stories progressing on a more or less even level. I’m not totally sold on some of the other characters, but that’s not going to stop me from reading the series. I think one thing that makes the two easy to relate to is how important they are to each other. They are both crossing half the country to get to the other. It made me think about people in my life that I would do that for.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic stories with a side of romance, this series is for you. I think it’s worth a read even if you aren’t. I’ll be continuing this series. At some point.

What do you look for in a good book review? What should I add? Focus on more? Focus on less? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments!

Image pulled from Amazon. It is not an affiliate link or anything, but look! I saved you the hassle of going and finding the book. Now you can read this, too, with one easy click. And then another.

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