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So, I usually give books 4 or 5 stars, then move on to the next book. If a book doesn’t hold my attention I never finish it and it never receives a review. If I love a book, I fail to leave a review since I am quickly downloading all other books by the author:). I felt like this book made me frustrated enough to say something this time. To be clear, I don’t think I am a writer myself and I think to write a story from start to finish takes some skill. I am however an avid reader and listen to at least 4 books a month on audible and it has made me that irritating person that can always predict what will happen next. So enough groundwork has been laid on my qualifications as a reviewer...
I think this book would have been better if it didn’t seem like every chapter wasn’t filled with hysteria, self-blame, guilt, and/or the never ending CO-dependency of these two women. The first several chapters I kept reminding myself that it is an apocalypse book so people would be scared, shocked, and feel despair about their lives. I even told myself that it is possible that it is more realistic that people would be on a nonstop emotional rollercoaster if they had no security in their life. After all, I may be a little too clinical about what I would be like in an apocalypse after all the books and movies I have read. Truthfully though, even if all the screaming, crying, meltdowns, and internal thought monologues about how they were feeling (usually guilty, depressed, angry, ready to die for each other, mad at each other, love for each other), it was too hard to listen too. Maybe if I read it instead the voices would have been different and less panicked or hysterical. I don’t want to blame the narrators because they did a good job sounding like it was the end of the world. I just would have thought the women wouldn’t be so surprised or be so overwhelmed all the time, 4 years into an apocalypse. Yes, they spent most of their time behind protective walls, but there wasn’t any real humanity there, so why the surprise when it was worse outside the walls. Why were they on such a moral high horse with other survivors? The fact that they screamed whenever they had any fear in a zombie apocalypse, knowing that they would attract more trouble seems like they don’t have a clue how to survive. The fact that they never scout out towns prior to strolling down the middle of the street...I could go on but will leave it with they would have been killed off in 1 episode if they were in The Walking Dead. I listened all the way though because I kept thinking they would pull through stronger and reach a point when them surviving would bring them inner strength, that the emotional craziness would be something left behind. Will not spoil the ending but I felt it didn’t fit in with the story. Almost like it was rushed to be done.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The story of Evelyn and Leisel is one of devoted friendship. This post apocalyptic world is not really a "zombie" story ... the "infected" are eluded to, fought every once in a while, but as a whole is a back drop to the story of the friendship that endures. I was unsure if I would enjoy this story. I read previous reviews and was hesitant to try it. I do like a well written story and this one was very well done. This is kind of a love story in a post apocalyptic world. It is a brutal, ugly world where women are viewed as commodities. In my opinion, it is a good story. Not my normal genre but I do know that Madeline Sheehan can pen a good story. This story is not for everybody. You have to be able to cope with a Mad Max world ... that is dark and violent. I used a credit and recommend this book for a credit or sale.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Probably one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. More, more, more please!
So I love Madeline Sheehan and she is the reason I brought this book.
Zombies or Walking Dead not my normal type of read. I am a romantic reader, so this was not the normal for me. But OMG I loved it and I am so going to try Claire C Riley other books.
This book is about 2 friends Leisel and Evelyn who have lost everything. Their husbands, homes and lives before the apocalypse. Who to trust is the biggest problem. They seem to go from one disaster to another but survive each disaster because they have each other. Friendship like this will survive even if every day is a battle.