Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.
Title: Until the End of the World (Until the End of the World Book 1)
Author: Sarah Lyons Fleming
Published: September 22, 2013
Genre: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic
Until the End of the World is now one of my favorite zombie books of all time! I'm annoyed with myself for taking so long to move this book to the top of my reading pile, but I'm so glad I finally read it.
The story introduces us to Cassie, the main character, and her closest friends, Penny and Nelly. Told through Cassie's point of view, we learn about the virus--Bornavirus LX--and witness she and her friends' reactions to it, especially when it reaches their city.
I'm intrigued by Fleming's ability to keep the pace going while simultaneously giving us the characters' backstories. The characters are so well developed, it's easy to get caught laughing at one of their jokes or getting teary-eyed as someone reminisces about a lost loved one. The character development also makes it easy to find yourself with your hands in fists with the urge to punch a certain couple of characters.
While Until the End of the World has scenes depicting zombie gore and violent zombie kills, it doesn't focus on those moments; instead, we spend time getting to know the characters and how they plan to survive the zombie apocalypse, and I'm totally okay with that. After all, I'm a prepper wannabe. When the undead rise, I'll be pissed that I never learned how to farm or that I didn't stock up on supplies.
My favorite line from the book is this:
There's always music playing somewhere. You just have to listen.
I recommend Until the End of the World to all fans of post-apocalyptic zombie fiction.
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