Friday, December 22, 2017

Audiobook Review - And After by Sarah Lyons Fleming @SLyonsFleming @justjuliawhelan

And After by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Narrated by Julia Whelan
Series: Until the End of the World #2
Publisher: Podium Publishing
Publication Date: September 12, 2014
Date Read: December 19, 2017
Length: 10 hours 55 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase

Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it’s that life in this new world is highly imperfect.

When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right. But the highly imperfect world makes only one—zombies never die, never stop and are never satiated.

My Review

I am loving this series!  I am so thankful that I stumbled upon this series because I am very taken with it.  I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead but I don't actively search for zombie books to read (although maybe I should).  As I listened to this book, I have found myself comparing it to The Walking Dead but I don't think that is a bad thing since I would expect some similarities.  This book was hard to put down and I ended up listening to it for hours at a time and thinking about it at other times. 

I do have to tell you that this book broke my heart.  More than once.  I didn't expect to care about this group of characters as much as I do but it seems like any time they experience something terrible my heart hurts a little bit.  In a world with zombies all over the place, there is a a whole lot of horrible going on.  There is also a whole lot of good and I love that this book really shows how great people can be during a crisis.

Cassie and her group of friends are living at Kingdom Come.  The community at Kingdom Come works well together.  They are growing food, canning, and basically doing whatever is needed to support their population.  They have even set up a school for the children.  Everyone has their assigned jobs and life is about as good as you can make it during the zombie apocalypse.

But things eventually go wrong and Cassie has to learn how to move forward even when she doesn't want to.  This book really put me through the wringer at times and just as I started to feel a bit better about things it would crush my heart all over again.  There times that I was nervous for the characters, times that I was happy for them, times that I laughed along with them, and times I wanted to let them cry on my shoulder.

I do really like Cassie and her group of friends.  The group that we met in the first book are still together and I really feel like I know them at this point.  I think it is great how much they are really able to support each other and it is obvious how much they really care for each member of the group.  It is really a more positive approach to their situation since they really work together to get through different events.

Julia Whelan does such a great job narrating this series.  This book is from Cassie's point of view and she does a fantastic job of capturing all of Casie's emotions during the story.  There is a pretty large cast of characters in the book and she handles them all very well.  I think that her reading of the story may have added a bit of impact to some of the more intense sections of the book.

I would highly recommend this series to fans of The Walking Dead or zombie apocalypse stories.  This was a highly entertaining story filled with wonderful characters trying to not only survive but flourish.  I usually take a break between books in a series to stretch things out a bit but I moved straight into the next book in the series once I finished this one because I couldn't wait to spend more time with Cassie and her group.  I will definitely be reading more from Sarah Lyons Fleming in the future.


The Series - Until the End of the World
Book #1 - Until the End of the World - My Review
Book #1.5 - So Long, Lollipops - My Review
Book #2 - And After
Book #3 - All the Stars in the Sky
About the Author - Sarah Lyons Fleming

I'm a Laura Ingalls devotee, wannabe prepper and lover of anything pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic—-or anything in between. Add in some humor and romance, and I'm in heaven.

Besides an unhealthy obsession with home-canned food and Bug Out Bag equipment, I love books, making artsy stuff and laughing my arse off. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I now live in Oregon with my family and, in my opinion, not nearly enough supplies for the zombie apocalypse. But I'm working on it.


Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

10 comments:

  1. Zombies! I haven't tried this series but I do love some zombie fun!

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    1. A couple of the characters bugged me in the first book at the start of the problems but they have all grown and really work together to survive at this point. I loved it!

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  2. I have yet to read a zombie type fiction book, and I am not sure that it really appeals to me. Walking Dead isn't a show I go to. But it does sound like a very promising read. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

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    1. I do have to mix things up with my reading. If I read too much of any genre, I get bored with it. This is a zombie story but the character relationships are really an important part of the book and I did enjoy the romantic aspect of it.

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  3. Always awesome when a group gets you caring about them like that. I've not tried Whelan yet. I'll keep an eye out for her on my next shopping spree.

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    1. Whelan does such a great job, Anna. I will be looking for more of her work soon.

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  4. My favourite show is The Walking Dead aswell! Well, the Walking Dead and Supernatural. Last season was so good!

    I love zombie books, but I don't read enough of them. I should add this one to my tbr list and download them to my kindle. I love these kind of books!

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    1. This did have a Walking Dead feel to it for me. This is definitely a worthwhile series, Nina!

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  5. I love how much you love this series and how happy it has made you to read it. I don't read too many zombie books but this one sounds like the kind of zombie read I could really love!

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    1. I don't read a lot of books with zombies but I did really enjoy this series.

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