Friday, October 12, 2018

Review - Instauration by Sarah Lyons Fleming @SLyonsFleming

Instauration by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Series: The City #3
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Date Read: September 30, 2018
Length: 915 pages
Source: Kindle Unlimited
★★★★★
The final book in The City Series is here!

Sunset Park is gone. People are missing.

Sylvie, Eric, and the other survivors have crossed the water to the security of a new Safe Zone, where they hope to heal their battered hearts, amass an armory, and get back at the ones who took it all away. But with zombies on the move and few resources to speak of, it’s harder than expected to plot their revenge. For some, it’s harder still to garner their resolve, since vengeance means more of them will die.

But safety is ephemeral in a city where food is short and tensions are high. It seems fate may leave them no choice but to fight—and perhaps die—to restore their city to a place they can call home.
My Review

This book was absolutely fantastic!  Less than a year ago, I picked up the first book in Sarah Lyons Fleming's Until the End of the World Series and had finished everything that I could find with her name on it just a few months later including the first two books in The City Series.  Since then, I have regularly checked to see if I could figure out when the next book would be available.  I had planned to wait just a little longer for the audio to be released to enjoy this story.  I didn't stick with the plan.  I downloaded this book just as soon as I saw that it was available and found myself reading it every chance I could find.  I went into this book with some really high expectations and I can now say that all of them were met.  This is one of those stories that remind me how great it is to completely lose yourself in a story.

This book picks up shortly after the events of the previous book.  Things were not going well for Sylvie, Eric, and the rest of the gang and that is saying it mildly.  They are trying to pick up the pieces and move on because there really aren't any other options.  Things are different and they must learn to adapt to a new environment and way of living but it is proving to be a difficult adjustment. 

This series has some absolutely fantastic characters.  I feel like I really know each of these people and honestly care about them.  I was angry when they were angry, scared when they were scared, and experienced joy right along with them.  These characters are not perfect and each one of them does something they probably shouldn't have during the course of the story but those flaws only made them feel more authentic.  They are not perfect but are doing the best that they can manage in an impossible situation. 

This book had everything that I was looking for when I picked it up.  There were a lot of really exciting scenes that kept the momentum moving forward.  There were some pretty impressive twists that took me completely by surprise.  There were times that I felt like my heart was broken into a million tiny pieces and I wanted to cry along with the characters.  I enjoyed all of the zombie scenes and found the descriptions of everything that went into basic survival to be incredibly interesting.  There are quite a few touching and hopeful scenes that worked to keep the tone positive overall.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  As soon as I finished this book, I wanted to go back to the beginning of the trilogy and start all over.   I do still plan to get my hands on the audio as soon as it is available so that I can experience it that was as well.   This was a rather long book with over 900 pages but I didn't want it to end and I don't think a single page was wasted.  I can't wait to read more from Sarah Lyons Fleming.


The Series - The City
Book #1 -Mordacious - My Review
Book #2 - Peripeteia - My Review
Book #3 - Instauration
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

16 comments:

  1. oh yeah, I remember this book was a hit when it first came out. Is it the last book because I wanna start reading

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    1. You might be thinking of another book since this book was just release a couple of weeks ago :)

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  2. I plan to try the Until the End of the World series at some point!

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    1. I wonder if you might like this series a bit more. The two series are connected but I think that the start of this series might have been just a bit stronger.

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  3. It is always great when you find an author that you love so much, you go and read their entire backlist. Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I am liking this author enough that I am ready for a re-read and it hasn't even been a year since I started her books!

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    1. I didn't ever think that the book felt long and I never grew tired of it.

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  5. This sounds so exciting. I love these survivor style end of the world stories.

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    1. The characters in this series are so well done that you cannot help but cheer them on!

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  6. Wow. I love this sort of book. I'll have to look into it. Here I am just a couple weeks from the end of the KU special and I haven't read a thing during the 2.5 months, but I have a long list I WANT to read. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I feel like I have definitely gotten my money's worth from my 3 month membership to Kindle Unlimited. I will be buying the audiobook just as soon as it is available.

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  7. I don't mind a longer book when I'm really liking the book.

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    1. As long as it is good, I don't mind a book being rather long. This was a pretty quick read just because it was incredibly hard to set aside.

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  8. Wow! The full five stars despite it's long length. It sounds like you truly did enjoy every page and like the story came to true life form for you when reading. That's the kind of experience I am always chasing after. I'm going to have to check out the first one in this series.

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    1. I do hope you get the chance to give this series a try!

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