Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The End of All Things - Lissa Bryan

The Book
Release Date: 24 January 2013

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.

My Opinion  5 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for an honest review**

If I could give this book more stars I would.

First and foremost, I want me a Justin.. uh huh.  Man he's a sexy read even with his brooding.  He is the true Alpha male able to survive the situation in front of him and able to adapt.

I don't tend to read a lot of Dystopian/apocalypse books, but this one was written brilliantly and the reader really pulled me into the story, as if I were there with them.

We have Carly, a girl surviving the epidemic that has practically wiped out the human and animal species from the planet.  She finds a pup in the streets long after people have died and brings him in and looks after him.  She names him Sam.

One morning she looks out of her window to find a breaded biker sitting outside her building camping.  He tries to talk to her, but frightened she always scampers away back away from him.

After another trip out to forage for food, the man saves her after she is confronted by an infected walking around confused.  His name is Justin.

Justin is a former soldier and had been camping when the epidemic spread.  After seeing Carly, he knows that he cannot leave her behind, knowing that without electricity she will likely freeze to death come winter or stave.  He panics slightly when he finds out that her dog is actually a wolf.

After finally leaving her home, Justin takes her south towards Florida where he reasons that the warmer weather will be better for the winters and for growing crops.

Along the way they pick up a pregnant horse, a moose for a little bit and a stray kitten.  They also fight the attraction that grows between them until it can no longer be stopped.

They meet other survivors, some no longer the sane due to the virus, others who will kill for the supplies they carry and others like them willing to trade.

An accident with a split condom ends up with Carly pregnant and they have to cut their trek short in order that they can prepare for the baby to come and where Justin does his manly thing and provides everything he can for his woman and his baby.

After the baby is born and is safe to travel they continue south and find a couple whole also survived and continue their journey with them, thought it takes Justin a while to warm to them.

They meet other survivors on their way, all of whom are startled to see the baby and would love to trade it it if they could.

They continue until they come across a community that had barricaded itself from the outsiders, but upon seeing the baby they let the travellers in.  Warmly welcomed Carly finds a place she feels she could live, but tragedy strikes the community and the inhabitants fall ill.

Justin and Carly are only two of the few survivors.

An epic read that I would recommend you read.

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