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After The Ending

I have a quick book review to get to y’all today. Why so quick? Because I’ve got to hurry and get to work AND because this book is FREE on Kindle this weekend (3/15/13 – 3/17/13) so if you like what I have to say, you’re gonna want to snatch it up while it’s free!

After The Ending is the first book in The Ending Series by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue. It follows two best friends, Dani and Zoe, at the end of life on Earth as we know it. In the first few chapters, 90% of the world’s population succumbs to a horrific  virus. Most of the story is told through emails back and forth between the friends. The storyline quickly moves from the virus to after almost everyone is gone and we follow the girls as they try to find one another and encounter all kinds of craziness along the way.

The book, 478 pages long, moves fast and is told from two perspectives, both in first person. There is a lot of email writing between the girls. I have to admit that the email language bothered me a little bit, BUT it’s probably pretty realistic. It’s not usually the way a novel unfolds, but it’s a neat way to get the plotlines out, through the way you would tell it to your best friend. At times I felt like I had missed something, only to find it explained in greater detail once the narrative switched out of email mode. There are a lot of characters and with the two points of view, you’ll need to pay attention to whose chapter it is.

Here are a few things that bugged me in this book (Okay? Bad stuff first, then the great stuff):

  • There’s a lot of language. I found some of it to be a little too much, but honestly? It’s the end of the world. Lots of stuff goes down. I don’t know what I would be saying at that point. But if you’re super-offended by crass language, you may want to steer clear.
  • There’s a good amount of hankypanky. Mostly in the second half, there are some moderately-graphic ummm romantic scenes (I’m trying to watch what words I use here). They’re totally skippable if you want to skip them.

Those are mostly personal preference, I realize, I just want to make sure people are aware.

Okay, now the great stuff:

  • The apocalyptic setting really reminded me of The Walking Dead. I don’t want TWD because I can’t handle the ick factor, but my husband LOVES IT. I’m usually in the room, reading, while he watches it so I catch bits of it. But there are characters in the book who are a lot like the Walkers and the way the survivors have to pick sides was very reminiscent.
  • I loved the survivalist stuff in the book. I’m no Prepper by any means, but I do have 72-hour bags for each member of our family and have done a lot of anxiety-ridden planning for how we would handle a crisis like this. Through a fictional story like After the Ending, you can actually learn a thing or two about what you should do in a crazy-awful scenario.
  • It’s a trilogy. After The Ending has been out since last month, and the second book in the series is due later this year. I totally called the ending to this one BUT the story isn’t over yet, not by a long shot.

I can’t wait to see where the series goes and what happens to Dani and Zoe. If you want to get started reading this exciting series, you can do so for FREE this weekend! After The Ending is FREE for Kindle on this weekend (3/15/13 – 3/17/13)! Get it while you can!

After The Ending (The Ending Series, #1)After The Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh
My rating: 4 of 5 starsI really liked the concept of this book. There were a few things that annoyed me about it – the emails seemed a little silly at times, the language was a little much, and the love scenes were more graphic than necessary.

Nice cliffhanger ending that I totally called from about halfway through, but I’m really interested to see what happens in book #2. At times it reminded me of The Walking Dead and I liked the survivalist stuff. I felt there were some plot holes that aren’t very well explained, but overall I enjoyed the book.

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Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. I am such a book nerd and this book sounds like it’s right up my alley. I love books that are written in new ways but are still written well. It sounds like this is a good candidate for that. I’m generally more attracted to the dystopian novels, but I do love reading about HOW The world ended before the dystopian novels would have been set. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for the review Krista! We’re glad you liked the book 🙂

  3. That sounds like an interesting read, especially how it’s told through email. That’s a modern twist 😉 Will have to catch this one while it’s free!