Wednesday, May 8, 2013

First Chapter Review: After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue

Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue are on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book to promote their apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic romance novel, After the Ending. This is the first book in The Ending Series.

BLURB:  The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now—broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing—we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamil-iar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

COVER: I like it. Between the color scheme and the font, I definitely get a doomsday type of feel.

FIRST CHAPTER: Dani's roommate, Callie, is just one of the people in Seattle hit with a horrible flu. Dani has been trying to get in touch with her best friend, Zoe Cartwright. It's Dani's birthday and she and her boyfriend Cam have plans to celebrate at the local pub. News of a student's death from the flu creates tension and concern at the festivities.

KEEP READING: I'm intrigued by this plot. We have characters going about their regular lives as a horrible flu virus makes its way through Seattle and other parts of the United States. There's the unknown with Dani trying to reach her best friend, Zoe, to no avail; the sudden turn for the worse Callie takes that ramps up the tension; and the boyfriend/girlfriend dynamic between Cam and Dani.

Dani's email and texts make her sound a bit immature. She also seems more self-centered than the usual twenty-something; especially when you consider she's closer to thirty than twenty. Though I couldn't sympathize as much with her as I would like (poor me, my birthday is ruined by this horrible flu thing), I still feel her keeping her routine normal makes sense. Since the full impact of the virus isn't yet known to the characters, they would be going about their day-to-day lives just trying to avoid being sick.

I'm curious to see how things move along, so I would keep reading for a while to figure out if I like Dani more.

File Size: 852 KB
Print Length: 494 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615719740
Publisher: L2 Books (February 21, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

After the Ending Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6th
Author interview at Blogcritics
Tuesday, May 7th
Author interview at The Dark Phantom Review
Wednesday, May 8th
First chapter review at A Little Bit of Spice
Thursday, May 9th
Book spotlight at Between the Covers
Friday, May 10th
Guest post and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Saturday, May 11th
Book review at Doing Dewey
Monday, May 13th
Book review at Must Read Faster
Tuesday, May 14th
Guest post at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, May 15th
Author interview at Examiner
Thursday, May 16th
Book review at Deco My Heart
Friday, May 17th
Book review at Reading Rebel
Monday, May 20th
Guest post and giveaway at Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways
Tuesday, May 21st
Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, May 22nd
Author interview at The Book Connection
Thursday, May 23rd
Author interview at As the Pages Turn
Friday, May 24th
Tuesday, May 28th
Wednesday, May 29th
Friday, May 31st
Author interview at Pump Up Your Book
TBD: Debut Author Feature at Night Owl Romance

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. It's always interesting to hear what people's initial impressions are. We went back and forth a couple times deciding what the best way to start the story would be...I'm interested to know what you think about the rest of it. Thanks for hosting us!