Horror fans who enjoy their dystopias with a side of vampires and zombies but still crave a believable, nuanced love story should check out Immortal Rules by Julie Kawaga. Allie has always lived on the fringes of society, content to scavenge for food and defend herself rather than agree to donate blood to the vampires who rule the city and protect humans from the zombie-like creatures outside the walls. But when she's is attacked and near death, she reluctantly agrees to be turned into what she hates. Allie leaves thecity and encounters a group of humans searching for the fabled Eden, a city free of zombies and vampires.
She joins them in their quest and starts to fall in love with Zeke, a human boy who sees her as more than the monster she feels she has become. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a bleak look at a future in which the only children who have survived a virus also develop superhuman abilities, and are then quarantined in prison camps. After six years, Ruby manages to escape, and connects with a rag-tag band of fellow teens as they dodge both the authorities who imprisoned them and the organization purported to be on their side, but may want to use the teens' psychic abilities for their own ends.
A slow-paced romance develops between Ruby and Liam, one of the other escaped teens, and this complements the action of this thrilling dystopian tale. For those who enjoy listening to audiobooks, the narration is excellent with distinct voices for characters, making it an intense experience. Readers who enjoy books with a breakneck pacing and cinematic visuals should try All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, which presents the reader with the moral dilemma: And what if it was someone you loved? Together with her friend Finn, who has always harbored feelings for Em, they seek to rewrite history.
While time travel stories are often rife for bewildering, intersecting plotlines, Terrill manages to avoid these confusions and delivers an action-packed thriller with a heavy dose of romance. In a genre packed with trilogies, this stand alone novel has a satisfying, thought-provoking ending that is equal parts heart-pounding and heart-breaking.
The pending disaster doesn't overshadow the drama in these teens life, but prompts them to forgive, to love, and to find peace. In contrast to gritty dystopian fast-paced thrillers, this thoughtful examination of the period just before a disaster focuses more intensely on the characters and their motivations, their longings and regrets.
Although polar opposite in tone, the audiobook offers readers an immersive experience like The Darkest Minds. The dreamy narration lulls listeners into the story and is a great way to experience this compelling, character-driven novel. Challenging authority, testing boundaries, and contemplating survival in desperate conditions will always be a part of young adult literature.
These conditions are taken to the extreme in dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels, which guarantee their continued appeal, even after the craze of the previous blockbusters in the genre fade. Authoritarian governments and cataclysmic disasters only amplify the complications of young love, so romance set against these life-threatening situations make compelling stories.
Young adult literature offers a variety of stories of love at the end of the world, from sarcastic satires to action-packed adventures and everything in between. Love at the End of the World: Did you like this article? It took me a few chapters to get used to the writing style, but once B.
At times I was gasping in horror at what these characters endured. I truly got goose bumples! I was one of the lucky ones who won an autographed copy through my Apocalypse Whenever group. Don't tell anyone I was within a day of purchasing to my Nook anyway! So, Miss Meghan, I am going to go look for your other books, because I really like the way your mind works!
Thanks for a very entertaining book! I was prepared for "just another" post apocalyptic zombie novel. I was delightfully surprised to read an engaging story with interesting characters with depth. There are good guys, bad guys who become good guys, and a few very bad guys. What's not to love? There are lovely moments of man helping h I was prepared for "just another" post apocalyptic zombie novel. I would have liked for the female hero to have been stronger. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished it in two evenings because I didn't want to put it down.
Nov 11, Heller rated it really liked it Shelves: I think the best thing about post-apocalyptic stories is how they make me feel. This book gives me all that. The remaining infected are being used as bloodhounds by the immune and sustained through the blood and flesh of the immune. There is no transference of the plague, you were either immune or you were dead and the last of humanity is battling it out to see who comes out on top.
The insane, the I think the best thing about post-apocalyptic stories is how they make me feel. The insane, the messiah complexes, the loners, the killers, the rapists. There's an interesting take on celebrity obsessed culture here as well and how being famous causes the survivors to look at you as a more special human being.
Rhiannon is incredibly tough, she uses the knowledge gleaned from her various roles and movie sets to escape and get as far away from the city as possible. She meets up with Will. Will is a former NFL quarterback who has his own kind of fame to deal with in this new world. He's an upright, moral man living in times where that is a pretty unique thing to be.
He's a loner and has been cleaning up a small town, clearing the dead away. In his travels he finds a young 9 year old girl, she doesn't speak but he names her Snickers for the chocolate bars she's eating when he finds her. He makes a home for her and invites Rhiannon and her rotweiller companion to join them. They create a rather sweet little family but the peace doesn't last long as Rhiannon's past catches up with her and Snickers gets caught up in the crossfire. There's an interesting structure to this book.
The chapters flip from Rhiannon's perspective to Will's and we follow them on their journeys. I enjoyed that about this read quite a bit. One thing that I didn't like: Too much of a coincidence for me. Mandy I could see, but "The Boss" I would have preferred him to be a complete stranger. Compelling characters with an intruiguing concept. A recommended read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction. What would happen if a virus decimated most of the worlds population, leaving the remnants of humanity to fight it out over territory, food and women?
After the Virus takes a popular idea and gives it a unique twist by taking two formerly famous people and throwing them together in a world torn apart by greed and desperation, with some freaky Infected thrown in for good measure.
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Opening with a tense escape scene, as Rhiannon flees her captors who are using women as baby-machines, we are introduce What would happen if a virus decimated most of the worlds population, leaving the remnants of humanity to fight it out over territory, food and women? Opening with a tense escape scene, as Rhiannon flees her captors who are using women as baby-machines, we are introduced to a strong, haunted character who underneath a sarcastic shell, is really just looking to survive quietly and away from the violence that seems to follow her wherever she goes.
I really liked Rhiannon - getting inside her head, and the way that she fought for the people she cared about, all the while dropping snark bombs like they were going out of fashion. There is also a thing that she does early in the book that immediately endeared her to me. The romance between Will and Rhiannon felt natural and realistic, and they complimented each other perfectly, with Rhiannon's self-projected hardness, and Will's calm, dedicated nature. Whilst not exactly zombies, The Infected, and the way that their 'handlers' sustain them, is truly terrifying, particularly how far some of them go to keep them 'alive'.
Although some scenes in After the Virus are shocking in the depravity of humankind, it is a plausible scenario - do we really know people would react to the disintegration of law and order? After the Virus sucked me in and didn't let me go - the writing was great, the characterisation excellent and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. Read more of my reviews at The Aussie Zombie A dystopian thriller, with parallels to some kind of zombie apocalypse, but altogether different.
The 'infected' are dying of a virus, but are not dead or reanimated, though they share the same hunger of their zombie-cousins, a hunger for the blood and flesh of the immune, which strengthens and sustains them. Within this setting, a group of the immune have set up a baby factory within the city, kidnapping women to breed new humans. It is from here that Rhiannon, our female protagonist, escapes, b A dystopian thriller, with parallels to some kind of zombie apocalypse, but altogether different.
It is from here that Rhiannon, our female protagonist, escapes, before finally finding her way to the male protagonist, Will, who has cleared out a whole safe haven of a village in the mountains. Those who had kidnapped Rhiannon are not far behind her though, and they soon re-capture her and the small girl, Snickers, that she and Will had been looking after. Great characters - a strong female protagonist is always a welcome rarity in modern literature.
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Some are altogether without morals and decency, stealing, raping and murdering in the wake of society's break down and others choose to cling steadfastly to their human decency in a battle between the two groups. A bold and creative plot which advances steadily through the narrative with just enough twists and turns; very original and interesting, using enough thrills and surprises to keep the reader engaged but not gratuitously.
A little irksome, but does nothing to detract from my enjoyment of the novel. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a zombie book even though they're not technically zombies , dystopian thrillers or just a good original read. Nov 08, Tania Kliphuis rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this book in two sittings - one evening, and the morning after.
The writing style is punchy and the plot makes it a little hard to put down. I wasn't sure if I liked the author's habit of giving the "what happens next" away at the end of each chapter, but I got used to it and it bothered me less and less as I got through the book. I know nothing about zombies. I know there are some fanatics out there, so I thought I should be clear about that. Zombies are walking dead, right? These poor souls are dying, and being kept alive inhumanely. The 'infected' are not the biggest problem in this post-apocalyptic world where only 0. What makes this world scary and sick are the twisted human beings still left in it.
In an attempt to seize power and start a new world order, some men and women have become monsters. The story centers around a makeshift family, three people and a dog who have found each other and quickly become mom, dad, daughter and a dog.
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The love story is sweet and romantic, etc. They see in her what most people see in children - hope, growth, possibility. And in a world bereft of all of those things, this is what spurs them on to try and make what is left better. There is a lot of gore probably not enough for the aforementioned zombiacs, but plenty for me , and a lot of references to rape and abuse of women. Don't let that put you off though. It works and is never quite gratuitous - although it does come very close often.
I'm probably making too much of it all though. Mature adults that enjoy horror stories. This review is for the Kindle edition ebook. An exciting, fast-moving, horror story. The end of the world, as we know it.
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A few people, immune to the virus that erased humanity, left to live their lives out. A young man, a young woman, a young child in need, a lot of terror, and no one with answers. This is a book with a lot of horrible things in it. It really fits right in This review is for the Kindle edition ebook. It really fits right in with some of the best horror stories out there. However, it also is a book about the humanity of men and women everywhere. In some ways, this story is heartbreaking. In other ways, it will make you think about the world around you. I can heartily recommend this book to adults that enjoy horror and mystery.
It is not always an easy story to read. Some of the text is very graphic. Some of the text made me squeamish.
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I have read everything from Stephen King to Jules Verne. Not much makes me squeamish, but parts of this story did. If horror makes you squirm and stay awake, this might not be the book for you. If the end of the world gives you nightmares, stay away from this book. Otherwise, grab it and start reading. What are you waiting for? I have already picked up another book by Meghan Ciana Doidge.
The Cascadian Chronicles Volume 1 should be an excellent book for me, after this one. May 31, Brenda Ayala rated it liked it Shelves: This was a good story. It was interesting and different, a story that kind of takes place in a zombie apocalypse type setting. I liked how it was a bit more realistic with some things.
Namely how I think women would unfortunately be treated. It brought forth a potential reality that is very harsh and unforgiving to the female population, and that was definitely one of the more central themes to the story, whether intentional or not. Snickers was such a great character.
It probably wasn't very This was a good story. It probably wasn't very realistic that she was able to remain stony during all of the insanity she witnessed and was a part of, but I didn't care. She was brave and strong and wasn't afraid to do what needed to be done. I couldn't really say the same for Will or Rhiannon, both of whom let people go that injured them somehow later. Snickers made no such mistake. The whole movie star thing was honestly a bit odd. There was way more focus on Rhiannon's past life than the whole apocalypse thing.
I'm still not totally sure if the infected can think or not, because at times it seemed like they could. But we get a whole chapter of her reenacting a scene from a movie she did. It was unusual and curious to be certain.
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I found that I was fascinated simply because it was such a weird direction to go in with the whole apocalypse thing. After the Virus by Meghan Ciana Doidge is not your typical love story. In fact, it ranks up there with some of the more violent and gruesome post apocalyptic fiction. The female protagonist is seriously bad ass and is fueled by pent-up anger after suffering a lifetime of abuse. The female perspective provides a uniquely fascinating glimpse into the post apocalypse.
Though some of the choices made by characters in the story are questionable, After the Virus is a uniquely entertaining and action packed post apocalyptic adventure. I think everything else is great--the writing, the editing, and the main plot are all very enjoyable. Loving the dog and the cute kid, too.
And the hero is the 'strong, quiet' type. I will finish it and come back to edit my review. I hope she either stays kidnapped for a while, or gets free for a while, though. Ok, she does get kidnapped a few more times, but it was totally worth it! Great story, great characters, great action, great ending!!! I will be looking for more of this authors' work. Jan 21, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: New take on the apocalyptic end of the world theme. Oct 29, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a really fun quick read.
Mostly a love story but with zombies and pure evil to spice up the true love. Nov 03, Tera rated it really liked it. Finished in a day really good book I recommend! Entertaining if a bit over the top. Nice to see a female lead character in an "action" role. Apr 09, Leanne Holmes rated it it was amazing. Jun 03, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: I received a digital copy of this book as a gift.
Thanks to author Meghan Ciana Doidge. Can Rhiannon and Will s Source: Can Rhiannon and Will survive alone? Can they help each other? And will they ever be free of people who are trying to kill them? This was an okay post-apocalyptic story, but there were a couple of things that annoyed me. Rhiannon and Will were both okay characters, and were both standing on their own two feet in the aftermath of the virus.
I liked how neither had given up, and continued to fight to survive. I thought the storyline in this book was okay, although I enjoyed the beginning more than the rest of the story. And the same goes for the infected. If these same people who are harassing them are dragging around zombies to threaten them with, why not just kill the stupid zombies? Anyway, the rest of the story was alright, although I did get slightly confused with all the different characters, and the groups that they belonged to.
The ending was also okay, and we got a happily ever after, which was good. Overall; an okay post-apocalyptic zombie story. Jan 16, Patti rated it it was amazing. This book was absolutely fantastic!!!!!! The author did an excellent job of giving the back story of the characters without "When Rhiannon was a child, people were mean to her.
Each one built a layer onto Rhiannon and Will, allowing you to really identify with them as people, not just made up characters. The movie star as apocalyptic heroine was pretty bad ass and I just fell in love with Snickers. There wasn't mu This book was absolutely fantastic!!!!!! There wasn't much outright gore, just a taste, but more than enough. All of the components of post-apocalyptic fiction were there, like the power-mad leader and the warring gangs, along with a few unexpected treats.
I love it when an author throws in actual real life everyday problems in a PA situation. And it also gave me one of my newest favoritest quotes, which I will hide for those sensitive to profanity: Women just didn't obsess about their clits the same way. Sep 30, Janae Smith rated it liked it. Couldn't wait to get my hands on the book but alas exams and homework had to come first.
I'm a die hard fan of post apocalyptic worlds so I dove right into this action packed-adventure where a virus has wiped out most of the population except for those that were immune. Society in most places has left and its everyone for themselves. Rhiannon the main antagonist is fascinating as she is being sought after by the boss and soon comes to love the man she met Will and the young girl Snickers. Well Couldn't wait to get my hands on the book but alas exams and homework had to come first. Well this was one of the more violent post apocalyptic book I have read in a while I still found myself enjoying the read and rooting for Rhiannon as the book proceeded.
The one thing i would have really liked to know is how did the virus come to be and why were so few immune to it. May 31, Ellen rated it did not like it Shelves: What happens when you cross breed romance plot with zombies and apocalypse, with beginner writing skills? You get this novel. Honestly can't believe the 4 stars rating for lines like: This material may be protected by copyright. I can only imagine the other ratings reflect marks for effort. I did think the writing improved in second half of the book.
I re What happens when you cross breed romance plot with zombies and apocalypse, with beginner writing skills? I received this free from the Apocalypse whenever group offer. Jan 01, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Characters are developed, the plot flows, the story world is vividly drawn, and it's written with a sense of humor. One of the better post-apocalyptic SF novels I've come across - this is one I'd like to see made into a film.
I'm counting it both as fantasy and as science fiction because some have made a halfway-plausible case that people infected with the rabies virus could be considered close enough to zombies some depictions of zombies, anyway to merit the label. The empowered woman 18 27 Feb 25, After The Virus - paperback giveaway 1 11 Jan 23, Library doesn't have it 2 17 Oct 29, After the Virus and more! After The Virus - a post-apocalyptic love story 6 Aug 01, About Meghan Ciana Doidge. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural.
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