#zOctober Review & Giveaway! Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming

Until the end of the world

Until the End of the World
by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Publication date: July 12th 2013
Category: New Adult
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, Zombies
Source: Personal purchase

My Rating:

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Cassie Forrest isn’t surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of.

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.

~My Thoughts~

Until the End of the World is very different from the zombie books I have been reading lately. It’s not horror, per se, but more of a post-apocalyptic chick-lit zombie tale.. and I was perfectly happy with that. This character driven story is told from Cassie’s POV. The beginning was slightly clumsy, but it did smooth out about a quarter of the way in. I really dig stories that begin when life is normal so we can find out how the shit hits the fan along with the characters. It’s suspenseful because I know it’s coming, but they don’t yet. It’s like watching a horror movie and knowing the monster is hiding behind the door. You begin biting your nails, then start screaming at the screen, wishing they could hear you and run the other way, but they can’t hear you and before you know it.. BLAM!!

This post-apocalyptic tale begins with an introduction to our main character, Cassie, and her closest friends, Penny and Nelly (Nelson). The three of them work in the same building and find out about the infection hitting their city together. Other parts of the country had been dealing with this strange affliction, but it hadn’t come near them.. until now. We learn that Cassie has some major drama from her past that she has yet to overcome. It’s not just one thing either; her baggage would never get checked for free with how heavy it is!

There’s a hefty amount of backstory mixed in with the present day apocalyptic chaos which I rather enjoyed. I was able to get to know the characters, and not just one or two people, but a handful of them, in a very intimate way. I chuckled at their quips and cried with them through their pain. I also wanted to beat the piss out of Penny’s sister, Ana, and Cassie’s ex-boyfriend, Pete (I’m calling him Pete because he hates it. hehe). Having so much information to process did make it a slower read for me, but I honestly didn’t mind. I’ve been reading some seriously fast-paced, over-the-top craziness this month so the change of pace was really nice. Some people prefer non-stop action and having every other page dripping with guts and brain matter when it comes to zombie fiction, and to those people I have to warn that this may not be your speed. This is more contemporary/apocalyptic than horror, but it’s not without awesome moments of gore, suspense and action. And we all know there is more to fear in the zombie apocalypse than just the undead.

What I really fancy is the amount of prepping content in this book. I am fascinated with prepping and although I tell certain people it’s for any potential disaster, most people know it’s all about the zombie apocalypse for me. I’m not the queen of prepping by any means. I don’t have a gravity-fed water supply or intricate things of that nature, but I do have food, water, medical supplies and even weapons stored securely in my basement. I was happy as a lark reading about how prepared some of the characters were in this story, and could relate to some of the eye-rolling going on.

Overall this is a solid four “zombie head” read for me, and that is no easy task to accomplish with a debut novel. Kudos, Sarah! You have a fan for life. I recommend Until the End of the World to all fans of post-apocalyptic zombie fiction mixed with suspense, drama and a dash of romance.

** UPDATE ** It’s been days since I finished reading this book yet the characters and their story continue to resonate in my mind. I love this book enough to read it again, and for me to read a book more than once is almost unimaginable. For these reasons I am changing my rating to FIVE zombie heads!

~About the Author~

sarah lyons fleming

My first novel, UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD, is a mixture of post-apocalyptic, zombie, women’s and suspense fiction. I’m currently working on the sequel, AND AFTER.

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.

Sarah’s Website | Facebook | Goodreads

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Pauline Creeden

    I do love chick-lit. Although we don’t do zombie prepping, per se, my husband does collect guns and ammo…

  • Elyse S.

    I haven’t personally done prepping, but I’m pretty sure that’s what my Dad is doing. He hasn’t gone hunting in a year and he has enough guns and bows & arrows to open his own sporting goods store. My Mom also had him build her an apocalypse pantry. 😀 My parents are preppers.

  • Mike Bolter

    No prepping, but I do like to scope out places for defensive potential. Top of my list is the neighborhood verizon building!

    • That’s awesome! Sam’s Club is at the top of my list. Tons of stuff in bulk and it’s a solid structure.

      • Mike Bolter

        See I think everyones going to flocking to those or walmarts. Phone company building is like a fortress and probably has a decent independent generator

  • Stephanie Lunsford

    I am not a pepper but I have read many, many books that I think will help me if it happened!

    • Knowledge is power, Stephanie!

      • Stephanie Lunsford

        I also figured that knowledge is portable but trying to carry all the items if you get overrun will be difficult you know what I mean?!? 🙂

  • Jessica Sturgill

    No I don’t prep 🙁 I should though.

    • It’s simple to start… a couple cans of something put to the side one shopping trip, a case of bottled water put aside the next… it starts to build up. Don’t forget the toilet paper! hehe.

  • Lindsay Galloway

    I dream of being ready all the time, but in truth, no. Does having a couple cans of soup in the basement count? 😉

  • We have always had supplies on hand since we lived on the east coast and dealt with hurricanes, so I always have canned goods, water, propane, and extra coffee on hand. We are not ready for more than five days without power though. This zombie book sounds interesting, and I love that you became attached to the characters. Curious about Pete, I love to loathe a character!

  • Kathy Geiser

    Read a lot of zombie books. Watch The Walking Dead. & hope they are not fast zombies.

    • Sarah Lyons Fleming

      Nope. They’re slow. 🙂

  • Anna Dobritt

    Giveaways are excellent!

  • Sarah Lyons Fleming

    Toni–On the eye-rolling.
    Those are the same folks who say, “I know where I’m going when the apocalypse comes,” right? I tell them they’d better bring some food because I’ve got weapons and know how to use them. 😉

  • cody

    We haven’t done any actual prep, but we have lots of fun weapons around the house and even some skills with flame throwing. LOL

  • Library Lady

    Besides reading zombie books and watching shows like Jericho and Revolution, the only thing I’ve done is started a board on pinterest for things I need to survive. Eventually, I’ll print them out if the apocalypse doesn’t happen first. Then I’m screwed! They are really great ideas, too, cause you know, if the zombies are coming after me, the first thing I’ll do is stop to go through my pinterest print-outs. LOL!

  • Susan T.

    All I know about preparing for the apocalypse I learned from television, movies and books. I’m thinking a chainsaw arm is the answer to everything!

  • Rainne Atkins

    unfortunately no prep here 🙁

  • Terri King

    Yes and yes. I learned more from my grandfather over the years than any other thing could teach me. His family lived through the depression and I think thats pretty much an apocalypse on it’s own! As far as weapons? I have a basic knowledge and a skilled husband. OH! and my number one survival trick? no sympathy. LOL!!!!

  • I have made sure to fill my Kindle with smutty books in case of a Zombie apocalypse. I have Zombie books as well, which will be needed for study for survival.

  • Peggy Martinez

    I’ve done tons of reading up on it, but I haven’t put all my knowledge to any real use yet :/ I WILL though, by god! lol

  • Somia

    This looks great. Can’t wait to read it

  • I have about a month worth of emergency food and supplies stored. Also have some first aid kits and other secret defense stuff, which may or may not include zombie booby traps.

  • Sonya A.

    All prep I’ve learn from movies and documentary shows, I hope that will help me to kill a couple of zombies 🙂

  • Carol Savoy-Fox

    Haven’t prepped for the zombie apocalypse yet….but I always prep for fire awareness.