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Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 (Yesterday's Gone #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,794 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. everyone on Earth vanished.
Well, almost everyone.
A scattered few woke alone in a world where there are no rules other than survival... at any cost.

A journalist wanders the horrible reality of an empty New York in search of his wife and son.
A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species.
A mother shields her young daugh
Kindle Edition, 116 pages
Published July 31st 2011 by Collective Inkwell (first published 2011)
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Dec 04, 2013 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who fantasise about the end of the world
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: angela
Woo hoo!
I'm the first person to review this on Goodreads *little victory dance*

To make this book please follow this recipe:

Take one Stephen King - break his ankles if he won't come willingly.
One Dean R Koontz - preferably from his Strangers period, but any period Koontz will do if this is not possible.
Half of Shaun Hudson - I will leave it to your discretion to decide which half is preferable. He is, by all accounts, a loquacious chap so you might want to opt for the bottom half (the bit without
Timothy Ward
I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, but am so often disappointed with survival scenarios that involve characters I could care less about. I love that Platt and Wright cast a wide net of characters that are so engaging, with killer cliffhangers to the end of their chapters, that you go ravenous to read (or in my case listen) to as many chapters as you can. The audiobook is the way to go. Every narrator is top notch. Make this part of your commute and you'll wish you had to drive across th ...more
I picked up Yesterday's Gone after reading and enjoying the authors' WhiteSpace: Episode 1. I was surprised that I didn't like this better, because I typically love the apocalypse genre. The book focuses on a handful of characters, with the points of view switching among them with each chapter. They've awakened to a new world, with nearly all of its inhabitants suddenly vanished. Was it an alien attack? The Rapture? (Probably not the Rapture since at least one of the characters seems less than w ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Gef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serial fiction comes from a bygone era, when stories were published a piece at a time in newspapers and periodicals. There's not much of it these days, at least in print, but there's more and more of it online. I think it was Japan and the serial romances that folks read on the tiny screens of their cellphones a decade or so ago, that you saw the resurgence of it. Yesterday's Gone ain't romance, though.

Featuring a cast of several characters, each highlighted in alternating chapters, each charact
In short, Yesterday's Gone is a work of apocalyptic, serial fiction. For those who do not know what this means, serial fiction is when something that would normally be a novel of several hundred pages is broken up and released in smaller parts. A TV equivalent would be a series like Lost with seasons and episodes within that season. This is the same, just in book format.

Episode 1 is broken up into sections told from different points of view. Other books are told this way, such as A Song of Ice &
Mar 31, 2012 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too long ago, I rudely criticized a kindle novella for being patterned after the format of a TV series. So along comes Yesterday's Gone a serialized novel that is blatantly patterned along a similar style. So why was unnamed novel so terrible and Yesterday's Gone pretty damn good.

The first obvious reason is that this serialized novel is well written while Novella X was not. But more importantly, despite the authors' use of "episode this" and "season that", Yesterday's Gone is patterned more
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The world has ended, and the only people left are going to have to work out what is going on.
Where has everyone gone? What happened to cause this? And who will survive?

This was basically the start of a story, where we’re introduced to several people who have survived the ‘collapse’. We went through a chapter with each of them more or less, and the flitting from one character to another got pretty annoying, especially as the characters were pretty
Darnell J.
Dec 19, 2011 Darnell J. rated it liked it
"I made a mistake I only had the first book in the series. However, I just finished book one and the concept still seems promising. In addition, I'm looking forward to seeing the psychological affects this situation places on the groups and particularly certain individuals."(less) [edit]
Rebecca Bradley
Feb 16, 2015 Rebecca Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
First of all, I don’t usually read much in the post-apocalyptic vein (I find it even grimmer than crime!), so this whole experience was going to be new to me and I didn’t know what to expect.

The way it’s set out is in the conventional way of a book – with chapters. And, in this case, each chapter was from the point of view of a new character as they woke or realised they were alone in the world.

Initially, I found it slow to get into. I don’t know whether that was my mindset about the book, genre
Steven Aitchison
May 29, 2014 Steven Aitchison rated it really liked it
I have been listening to Sean, David and Johnny on their podcast 'The Self Publishing Podcast' and find them entertaining, knowledgeable and very funny. So I decided to try one of their books and this one appealed to me the most.

It had me hooked from the opening chapter and the whole premise seems to stem from a Stephen King 'what if.....' thought. In this case, what if 99.9% of the population just vanished overnight.

The opening episode follows a group of people at the moment they realise the po
I don't know how anyone would read a "serial" released week to week, the only reason I'm even starting this is that it is completed before I begin. That said, I'm still not positive I'm ready to commit to this series, as while each installment is only 100 pages, there are 18 chapters. I got the first two as freebie promotions, and I can read 7-18 free from the Kindle library. So do I pay $6 for episodes 3-6? I guess these first two episodes will determine that.

As with any series, there is the in
Tom Loock
Another 'bought for nought'-book – should this become a category now that so many eBooks are offered for free?
I was certainly lured into 'buying' this for 0.00 knowing full well that I'd buy the remaining episodes (which I just did) if it would be any good and it is. So why only three stars instead of four?

Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 is written in cliffhanger-fashion like a TV-series. The authors Sean Platt and David Wright who is not credited on goodreads for some reason admit so in the prefac
Karline05 Un brin de lecture
Un premier opus en demi-teinte pour cette saison 1. En effet, la profusion de personnage et l'ambiance mystérieuse pour le moins brouillone déstabilise plus le lecteur qu'elle ne l'arrime à l'intrigue. On sort assez perplexe de cette lecture . J'espère que la suite remettra cette intrigue dans le bon sens et que la magie sera enfin libre d'opérer et de me rendre addict à cette saga.
Lesa Divine)
Sep 18, 2013 Lesa Divine) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-it, i-own
I was hooked from the first chapter. I didn't mind the crazyness in this book that's what keeps the excitement. It makes me wonder what's go happen next and then I'll get the understanding of why that happened before. People wake to find their family, friends and neighbors completely gone. With a man in New York looking for his wife and son. A woman wakes to just her teenager daughter and a few men neighbors around. To a teenage boy with his sexually hormones, a serial killer out on the hunt whe ...more
Kevin Dio
Mar 16, 2016 Kevin Dio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, science-fiction
C'est par un jour d'octobre, à 2h15 du matin, que 99,9% de la population disparaît mystérieusement.
On va suivre en parallèle comment plusieurs personnages se réveillent en se rendant compte que le monde a changé. En plus de leurs proches disparus, ils constatent une ambiance étrange, les animaux ont changé, certains objets semblent à la fois présents et absents...
Un premier épisode très bon, on se familiarise avec des personnages intéressants (un journaliste, une mère et sa fille, un jeune garç
Jul 05, 2013 Abbie rated it did not like it
I didn't enjoy this one at all.
In such a short story, they're way too many point of views.
I couldn't connect with any of the characters, as there just wasn't enough pages for each character to be properly shown.

One of the characters really annoyed me, half of his story was just about how much of a crush he had on his ex best friend. The worlds just ended, and you're fantasizing about your crush. I think you need to get your priorities right.

Nothing really happened. They spent most of their time
Mar 28, 2016 RuthAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adulthood
So creepy! Love it!
Tina Boyd
Apr 23, 2014 Tina Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first "serial" type book I have read and have to say I AM HOOKED! Excellent storyline based around an apocalyptic type scenario with very realistic, likeable (and dislikeable) and relatable characters. Its not your typical apocalypse though, i.e zombies, war etc, I wont go into too much detail as you really need to read it for yourself and I don't want to spoil the story.
Just like a top television series, you really do grow to love the characters (even the ones who at first seem like
Apr 22, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story of society disappearing is very reminiscent of Stephen King's The Stand and also the Left Behind series to a lesser extent. Once again, it s a world where society has vanished, leaving only a handful of confused stragglers behind. People from varyingly different lives are alone, searching for others. It is intriguing, but one can't help but feel they have read this story before (including when it was done better.) One of the most interesting features of the audio edition though is how ...more
Axie Barclay
Mar 08, 2014 Axie Barclay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, though I am a quasi-professional book reviewer, I DID NOT receive a promotional copy of Yesterday’s Gone, Season One in exchange for this review ;)

On October 15th, the world wakes up to discover a whole lot of people have gone missing. The rest of the series deals with the fallout of this, a mid-apocalyptic (if you will) story in the style of Walking Dead or other television serials, particularly those that appear on a particular cable movie channel that shall not be named. Yesterd
M.A. Brotherton
Feb 19, 2014 M.A. Brotherton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little bit to process this book enough to come up with a good review. I think I had to give it some time to stew in the brainspace.

So, Yesterday's Gone Episode 1 is a great little dose of free heroine. I don't normally read a lot of Horror or Dark Fantasy, so I wasn't sure what to expect going in. I'm not really a fan of Steven King's more popular work, and I've never really been able to put a finger on exactly what it was about it that I didn't like. I'm still not sure, but I can
Jennifer Donnelly
May 31, 2014 Jennifer Donnelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Wow wow wow. Though I'm not exactly thrilled with the amount of cursing in this book (hey, I'm old fashioned, what can I say?), this story in general is looking to be rather promising! There are a lot of characters though, making it a little hard to keep up with in places until a certain sentence can trigger the recall. It is well written, description is used beautifully. I'm listening on audiobook and all the narrators are good at what they do! There's a little boy character whose narrator ...more
Après la lecture de la quatrième de couverture, Yesterday's Gone me donnait véritablement envie. L'histoire, ainsi que sa construction me semblait très prometteuses et je me devais de découvrir cet univers. Toutefois, une fois ce premier épisode terminé, je ne saurais vous dire sur quel pied danser. Je suis assez mitigée, mais surtout déçue. Je m'attendais peut-être à beaucoup plus venant de ce roman et comme on dit, la chute est dure.

Pour ce qui est de l'histoire, je suis tout de suite rentrée
Christina  Torretta
No! No! NO, NO, NO NO NO NO!

Ohhh this book! So much happened, so much to talk about! So many spoilers that can take place... !!

Ok, so ... where to start. This is a strange but really interesting and exciting read. It is not apocalyptic really but the idea of people having to come together at the end of the world is very apocalyptic. It's how it all happens, in the night, suddenly, and without anything or anyone to hang on to.


But like books that are apocalyptic in nature the survivors of t
Corpus Amos
Aug 04, 2015 Corpus Amos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book for me to review. Definitely not something I'd ordinarily read, but entertaining and kept me interested. This book is full of violence, gore, and strong language. While I can appreciate the author's talent (thus the 4 stars), I am not a fan of this genre. I took a chance because of the good reviews. Not only am I not a fan of this genre, I realized after reading this book, that I am not a fan of serial books least not written in this style. I like serial books th ...more
Patricia Walker
Nov 16, 2015 Patricia Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this short beginning to what promises to be a great series.

We view the entire story from the perspective of several different people who come together during the episode hoping to stay alive and unharmed using the power of numbers..knowing nothing about each other. Discovering that all but one of their number seems to have been plagued all their lives with a recurring dream foretelling the events that have been suddenly set in motion that very day draws us into the need to
Brian Switzer
Oct 26, 2014 Brian Switzer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some stories are just fun to read and Yesterday's Gone is a perfect example of the sort.

Platt and Wright's writing skills are demonstrated in the way they present the story. The narrative is the story of 15 or so people as they experience the same apocalyptic event. The point of view changes chapter by chapter, as each chapter advances the story for one of the people. So we see the story through the eyes of an abused teenager, then a soldier of fortune type, then a sociopathic serial killer, and
Mar 15, 2016 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like the plot, but agree that there were alot of characters to learn in the beginning and got a little confusing. I will try to come back to this series though. I am interesting in finding out more =)
Jason Siegfried
May 29, 2014 Jason Siegfried rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I started reading this series because I got the first episode for free and have not been able to put it down since. I am a very picky reader who sticks to a few writers and generally don't stray much from that. I am a fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, and Ted Dekker to name a few and have just added Sean Platt and David Wright to that list. The series is well written, gets you involved and caring about the characters, and is near impossible to put down. One night I was up u ...more
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Sean loves writing books, even more than reading them. He is co-founder of Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands imprints, writes for children under the name Guy Incognito, and has more than his share of nose.

Together with co-authors David Wright and Johnny B. Truant, Sean has written the series Yesterdays Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Available Darkness, Dark Crossings, Unicorn Western, The
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  • Yesterday's Gone: Episode 3 (Yesterday's Gone, #3)
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  • Yesterday's Gone: Episode 5 (Yesterday's Gone, #5)
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