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Yesterday's Gone: Season One (Yesterday's Gone Episodes 1-6)

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THE FIRST "SEASON" OF THE SERIALIZED POST-APOCALYPTIC SERIES, COLLECTED IN ONE FULL-LENGTH NOVEL!

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 wretched reality of an empty New York, in search for his wife and son.

A serial
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Kindle Edition, 461 pages
Published September 30th 2011 by Collective Inkwell
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mark monday
Apr 21, 2013 mark monday rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to mark by: Shovelmonkey1
so this is a fast-paced novel made up of six formerly serialized parts, modeled on tv episodes, about what happens after a scattered number of survivors wake up and realize that 99.9% of their fellow humans have disappeared and now there are these horrible monsters scurrying about wanting to eat them, and there are psychic powers and strange dreams and sinister government types too, and the whole thing was so fast & furious that i read my eyes out, really the pacing is often excellent, such ...more
Angela
I relented and actually BOUGHT (yes, you saw that word correctly) the first season.

I downloaded the first two parts for free a while back and thoroughly enjoyed them. My annoyance at not knowing how the rest of the story pans out finally got to me and I bought the first season last week.

Congratulations Sean Platt and David Wright, you jointly have the honour of being the first downloaded authors to my kindle that I paid for with actual money.

Full review to come.
Junkie for the Written Word
12/11 I'm halfway done with this, erm, season, and I can tell you that I'm already terribly disappointed. For a few reasons:

1) Sweet baby Jesus the number of characters that I don't give a shit about is astounding. I don't know how many actual characters are in these books (20? 25?) but I do know that there are TOO MANY. If they had maybe chosen to go with 3 or 4 main characters and really really developed them I feel like it would have been much better. Instead we get 500 words of a character's
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Susan
Remember when your mother told you that using a constant stream of constant swear words or dirty language meant you don't have a very good vocabulary? Well, in all but a dozen or so scenes of Yesterday's Gone, the language is fine. So what if there are some four letter words scattered throughout. It's the inclusion of a disgusting, filthy mouthed character named Boricio that made me wonder why the authors thought the rest of their book could not stand on its own. It's almost like he was added af ...more
Elizabeth
This was fun. Downloaded Season 2 already. Apocalyptic fiction is a guilty pleasure, but hey, it helps me relate to my 14 year old son and his friends really well. I'll never forget the conversation I had with a friend of my son's when he tried to go toe to toe with me on Zombie and end of the world books. He left with a long list and I finally got someone that could discuss my disappointment with World War Z intelligently. Bravo.

Anyhoo, this is enjoyable. Everyone disappears. There are creepy s
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Natasa
This book was awesome, it had so many different elements, so many deeply developed characters but still only one main and biggest mystery plot as in "no one has a clue what's happened to the world and to the people".

There is a serial killer who loves killing slowly but fast is awesome as well, a drunk ass stepfather who's making his stepson life miserable every single day, a reporter who lost his kid and wife, a small boy who is more than special and walked many miles in a company of a dog who s
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Gadget Girl
This is my very first set of books I have read that are a serial; like you get on TV but are now on your kindle, I had my doubts whether I could actually get into a book with the knowing I may have to wait for the next book to be published.leaving me hanging grinding at the bit to find out what has happened to my favourite characters.

BUT OMG I love it, you guys absolutely drive me mad, its fast paced, well written and the cliff hangers are the most amazing cliff hangers I have ever read.
I adore
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David Fike
As much as I hate comparing things to my all time favorite show ('LOST'), this book just in the first episode alone seems to be a perfect mash-up of 'LOST', 'Fringe', 'The Stand', and even a little bit of '24' thrown in for good measure. Simply put: It's AWESOME. I was perusing the Kindle Store this afternoon over my lunch at work trying to find something new to read, and I came across 'Yesterday's Gone'. I wasn't sure how I felt about the serialized nature of the book, but after reading some ve ...more
Desiree
I must have downloaded this when it was free or $1? It appeared on my Kindle one day. Good business model. I am totally hooked and REQUIRE the next installment, which is neither free nor $1.

I'm not usually "into" post-apocalyptic stuff, and I usually can't stand reading e-books because of their ATROCIOUS copy editing, but this one got me pretty quickly... great set-up, well-drawn characters (once you wrap your head around how many and the perspective changes), the best parts of horror, thriller,
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Brian S. Creek
Last year I wrote the first draft to a story that I planned to release in 10 parts. It was planned out much like the TV series I liked watching (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Utopia, Orphan Black). I thought it was a good idea and, although I didn’t look too hard, I couldn’t see anyone else doing it like that at the time.

And then I discovered Sean Platt and David Wright of the Self-Publishing Podcast and found that not only was someone else doing it but that were doing it a lot and they were d
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Lin
Interesting premise, but it seemed a little too much. Not only did the majority of people on the planet inexplicably disappear in one instant, but there are also strange, vicious, oozing, blackened creatures lurking/killing everywhere, a dog with psychic powers, people who predict the future in their dreams, redneck survivalists, a man-child with bizarre abilities, and a raging infection. Take all that, and add in about 20 different "main" characters, in different locations, encountering a varie ...more
Grammar*Kitten
Post-apocalyptic fiction is a big big love and not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Yesterday's Gone slots nicely into this category. I really enjoyed the concept that Wright and Platt were trying to convey, and the way in which they did so - I downloaded Season 1 all in one go as an Amazon freebie, but I appreciate how the serialisation would have worked for those reading as it was released.

features a whole host of eclectic characters, some of whom I enjoyed more than others. I felt that they recei
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Marvin
Both episodes one and two, which are offered free at Amazon and the author's web site, were pretty good, so I decided to spend the $4.99 for the entire season one of Yesterday's Gone consisting of all six episodes. In case you are confused why I'm saying "season" and "episodes" on Goodreads and not Netflix, it should be noticed that despite the TV vocabulary, Yesterday's Gone is a serial novel that is influenced by TV series like Lost but more so by the serial novels like King's The Green Mile, ...more
Amy
Jan 15, 2013 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: done
From the first chapter it held me captive. I was sucked into this story! An amazing story about human strength and perseverance. Each chapter is a different character in the story, each person is distinctly different than the last.

Everyone wakes up and the world is as they know it is GONE. Their families, their enemies, everything is gone with out so much as a shutter. Are they still out there? Taken some where? Alive? Dead? No one knows. But people ban together and survive, just as human's hav
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Joe Barlow
Sean Platt and David Wright have crafted one of the most gripping serials of the modern age. Adopting the television model, the duo call each new installment of their story an "episode," and they release their collections in "season" bundles. It works ridiculously well, and like the best dramatic TV shows, it makes the experience quite addicting. "I'll read just one more episode," I kept telling myself, over and over.

The story vaguely recalls The Stand and Left Behind (although it's mercifully f
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Jodi Perkins
I abandoned this collection after starting Episode 2. It's a shame, too, because I was so enraptured when I started the series. Folks in America awaken to discover that 99.9% of the population is gone--can't go wrong with that, right?

But too many characters and bizarre elements spoil the broth--er, story. I threw in the towel last night. Which is rare for me. And sucky, too, because I still want to know what happens. It's just not worth the massive headache to find out.

Maybe if Boracio was remo
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Erica
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J.D.
Welcome to part 1 through 6 of apparently 18 parts total of a story. Yeah, see, novels have beginnings, middles, and ends. They don't have 'To Be Continued's. The story was fairly gripping and kept me interested. The plot was moderately fast paced. Some of the characters were interesting enough to make you like them (I hate to say it, but I was kinda rooting for the really bad guy to kick the other really really bad guy's a$$ at one point). Although, the internal dialog of the character Boricio ...more
Mike
The internet, in all it’s messy democratic glory, has opened up the door for not only the exploration of new formats of storytelling but also to once explore formats of old. The notion of the “serial” is nothing new from Dickens,to radio, to television, to comics it is a long lived means of telling a story. In the 21st century the proliferation of the internet, and particularly its mobility, have opened the floodgates for the serial’s return. Sean Platt and David W. Wright are the founders of Co ...more
Liz Cee
This serial-style series is marketed toward those who enjoy Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, and The Stand. Since others have very capably reviewed this book already, I am going to draw some non-spoiler parallels to those books/TV shows to help you decide whether you want to give it a try.

Before that, though, you should know that the first 'season' of four (a season comprises of six books totaling around 450 pages) is on sale for 99 cents at Kobo. Each book or 'episode' is avai
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Arden
I AM OBSESSED!! Why haven't I found serials before?!? I am such a fan of cliffhangers with TV so of course I would love it with books! First of all, I love apocalyptic thrillers and this is definitely that. It is a quick and easy read. I have a sped through the first two SEASONS in less than a week and can't buy the third one fast enough. If you enjoy cliffhangers and these types of thrillers, I don't see how you couldn't enjoy it. Let's call it Fringe mixed with the Walking Dead.

Disclaimer: Whi
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Kevin Rockell
Surprisingly well written. Post apocolyptic societies may be my favorite genre so I tend to be picky. With the exception of the portrayal of a single character, I am engaged in all characters/plot lines. On occasion, it tries too hard to bring in current pop culture references, but it can be overlooked. The authors release the story in sections (episodes), like a television show. I'm glad I am not waiting and can read the entire second "season" at once as I did the first. I don't know if I'll bu ...more
Billie Lawson
This story is told from multiple (at least 10) POV's. I find this interesting, as I get to see the drama unfold from the point of view of a mother, father, child, teenager, etc. I found myself more caught up in certain aspects of the storyline than others, but overall this was an interesting read. I will at some point read the rest of the series, but I'm not in a huge hurry.
Bethica
Wow what an absolutely awesome apocolyptic book! Every minute a page turner that keeps you from being able to put the book down. Platt has "King like" qualities in his writing where you really love or hate the characters accordingly. This is the first "Season" of a series but is of a length that doesn't make you feel robbed of your money while fully entertaining through and through. As a warning, this book is pretty graphic in places so is probably not suitable for young teens. I'll definately b ...more
Mara
I read the first two episodes a few months ago and was hooked, but not willing to pay for the rest of the season. I kept thinking about this series and finally decided to just buy the season and finish it. I'm glad I did. I thought the writing was solid, nothing spectacular. Mostly, it's the plot that is non-stop and kept me reading throughout the night. The characters were a little flat and I didn't feel too emotionally invested in them, but I think part of that might be because I didn't read t ...more
Sharon
I would like to thank Sterling & Stone and NetGalley for providing me with an electronic copy to review. Broken down into six episodes, Yesterday's Gone: Season One commences with the realization that there are only a handful of people left in the post-apocalyptic world. Each of the survivors comes with their own set of challenges or baggage, but they all have two essential things in common: surviving past 2:15 a.m. made them special and their continued existence can only happen if they band ...more
Nicole Tuttle
You woke up this morning and something seemed a little.... off. You didn't hear the hum of the cable box or the little click the refrigerator would make every 15 seconds. Your cell phone didn't charge up all the way.

Oh yeah.. And your family is gone.

What the hell is happening?

Well, this is the premise of Yesterday's Gone by Sean Platt and David Wright, whose serialized hit turned into a novel. I both read the Kindle edition of this book and listened to the audiobook companion available at Aud
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Michelle Leigh
I picked up Yesterday's Gone: Season One, because I really enjoyed the Z2134 series.

I went in understanding that the authors were writing a "series" based on TV series with cliffhangers (Note that I have never watched Lost, which is what the authors reference a few times in their comments). I loved their writing in the other series, and there have been a few series on TV that I enjoyed, so I wanted to give them a chance. I also knew ahead of time that there are several seasons, so I had NO expec
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E.K. Carmel
Before Yesterday's Gone, I wasn't very familiar with written fiction using the same episode/season style as T.V. shows. Of course, now I see it everywhere. (Duh, where have I been?) I'm usually not a fan of cliffhangers, either, which is typical of this style. But the first season (six episodes) was offered free (I believe permanently) on Amazon, which made it easier for me to take a chance.

I'm so glad I did.

The story follows six groups of people in different parts of the U.S. after most of the
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Tracey S. Zimmerman
Pleasant Surprise

Truthfully, if I held to my usual standards of book reviews, I would probably give this book three stars instead of four (five is reserved for the elite, the masterpiece, the opus magnum). But since I actually really enjoyed this series, was hooked by the first page, and felt drawn to keep reading, I think the authors deserve a shot at success and I really want to support fledgling authors and publishers in this new age of digital publishing, and this pair deserve the kudos for
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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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