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The End of All Things

(The End of All Things #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  113 reviews
After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. ...more
Paperback, First, 251 pages
Published January 24th 2013 by The Writer's Coffee Shop
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read Shadows Have Gone, book three in this series at the beginning of this year and I found the book very good. But it has taken me ages to get to reading the first book in this series. But now as I'm going through my NetGalley books have I finally gotten to this one.

Carly Daniels has survived a terrible virus that has devastated the planet and she hides in her apartment in Juneau, Alaska with her puppy Sam. One day she sees a man outside her apartment and, at first, she is wary, but slowly th
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
This is a different twist on the Zombie Apocalypse! Good book but I felt that it dragged a bit in the middle. The heroine was a bit annoying at times but likable. Justin was every girls dream but very insecure in himself.

4 Infectious Stars!! I'm not sure what I'm thinking right now!! I'm kind of shell-shocked!

The author did a great job with the plot and creating this world where disease is killing off humanity, except for a few lucky ones. The reason why is quite plausible and I could see something like that happening, it's not really too far fetched. The writing could use a little fine-tuning, some of the story, especially concerning Carly's 'pet' was stretching it a bit, but for the most part it was a captiva
Sydney Logan
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of receiving an ARC of The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan.

At first, I wasn't sure what to expect, but the summary totally grabbed me, and I couldn't wait to see how Ms. Bryan tackled this topic. As always, her narratives are descriptive and concise, and her characters are fantastic. Carly is this wonderful mixture of innocence and determination. And Justin, with his Special Ops survival skills and complete dedication to Carly, is now one of my favorite heroes in fiction. Love
Raina {The LUV'NV}
The End of All Things was a lovely surprise. I'm a fan of dystopia and post-apocalyptic novels, but Lissa Bryan happened to do something different. She brought love to the forefront, weaving relationships and romance with an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it into an overall theme of the things taken for granted.

As with any post-apocalyptic novel, tangible things like electricity, running water, medicinal and protective services, government and military intervention, household pets, and the lik
Jess Brown
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-series
When Lissa Bryan told me she was writing a Dystopian love story, my initial reaction was, “Oh. Is there such a thing?” Evidently, yes. I would like to thank TWCS for allowing me to read the final draft of this novel’s manuscript.

I’ve been a fan of Lissa’s for some time, going right back to her early hobby fiction. I’m not a big fan of Dystopian novels, although I must admit to a secret love of zombies. Let’s just get it out of the way: this is my favourite of her stories to date. I was hooked fr
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I seem to be on a streak of books that I really like
This is an end of the world story that feels like stephen kings The Stand without the supernatural creepy old lady

What I liked : the connection to the characters that this author gives us you can actually like them I felt such empathy for the girl Carly when we first meet her it is not obvious just how stressed and traumatized this young woman is she is 22 the world around her has fallen apart and she is holed up in her little apartment tryin
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
What an unexpected surprise! Wonderful book!
The story is actually very simple: two people traveling in a world destroyed by a pandemic to find a new home in a better climate.
In a world where civilization as we get it is gone and where surviving people are very few, Carly, a shy and naive young woman, and Jastin, a solitary and jaded but surprisingly gentle ex military, get together and decide to go from an inhospitable Alaska to Florida.
One would thought it boring, but actually it was very inte
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I was then contacted by The Writers Coffee shop to ask if I would be interested in being part of the blog tour, which is why I also have an Interview with the Author, Lissa Bryan.
The cover in my opinion is to represent both going through a tunnel and also the journey from the world with electricity, and running water to the new world of survival, no running water and no electricity, no stores etc. I would say the tw
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Rating: A- ... Heat: Sweet (Changed my rating since this story and characters stuck with me for days!)

Carly Daniels is scared and very much in denial about her situation. Still in shock over being one of the last humans alive – and not Infected – after an event known as the Crisis. Carly rarely ventures out of her apartment, still maintaining the government-ordered quarantine. The only reason she leaves at all is to take care of her pup, Sam.

Which is the first, but definitely not the last, time

Sandi Layne
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have always been fascinated by TEOTWAWKI - The End of the World as We Know It. The Stand, by Stephen King, remains one of my top-ten-forever works of fiction. So, I was all excited when I saw that Lissa Bryan was bringing out a book of this nature.

I was absolutely not disappointed.

We meet Carly at what is the nadir of her life, when she and her "puppy" Sam are hungry in Juneau, Alaska, after a vicious viral disease has wiped out almost everyone. Carly is a determined - I might even say dogge
Betti Gefecht
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The End of All Things is a deceptive title for this novel, because no matter how much the world around the two protagonists keeps falling apart all throughout the book, it feels like a beginning from almost page one, and in the end you just want more. More of this journey, more of these lovers, Carly and Justin, and especially more of the male lead. Justin has this special (and rare) Jamie Frazier magic about him that makes you want to follow him where ever the story might lead. You just don't w ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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I was going to read this book at the start of the year, but somehow I never managed to. That is, until I drew this book from the TBR bowl, which was very nice since I actually was looking forward to another apocalyptic read.

The story starts with Carly being stuck in her apartment after her parents and the rest of Juneau, Alaska, died from some kind of virus attack. While she's living her simple life of collecting food cans waiting for r
Kathie (katmom)
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is a fabulous book! There's adventure, romance, animals, drama, sweetness and a mystery.

Justin...I need one of him for each of my daughters.

Carly, she has a backbone and a way with animals.

It's the end of all things...except for a handful of humans and animals.

How would you deal with that scenario? With grace and skill and hope?

This is how Carly and Justin deal with it and what an adventure it is!

I loved this, truly.

Edited on 3/23/2013 - I got
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am not usually fond of The End of the World As We Know It books, but this book was so much more than a post apocalypse story. It contained adventure, mystery, sadness and a truly sweet romance.

The Hero is an ex soldier that traveled to Alaska for a bike rally and finds himself trapped there when a virulent virus attacks the people and some mammals in the world. Only a few people survive; some are immune like him and the heroine and some people recover, but with severe brain damage.

While travel
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with interests in romance and/or dystopia
Recommended to Sandra by: TWCS PH
This review is also available on My Fiction Nook.

After a bit of thought, I'm upping my rating to FIVE shiny stars. Yeah, it was that good.

Not only does Lissa Bryan tell a convincing end of the world as we know it story, but also a wonderfully emotional romance.

Meet Carly, 22, living in Juneau, Alaska, on her own, one of the very few survivors of a pandemic that wiped out most of the world's population. There is no electricity, no food, no police, no order, and nobody to help her make it from da
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
"Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s forging ahead despite that fear."

Intriguing - isn’t that what most dystopian books is all about?

I'm not really a huge fan of Dystopian books but a dose of it from time to time makes me feel good. The thing about them is that it brings endless questions to my mind and the anticipation if your hunch is true or not is enough to keep the pages rolling.

The End Of All things offers us the doom of the world from the get go - people are dying because of the s
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I must have read a completely different story than what is alluded to on the book’s inside flap because I feel duped. I realize this is fiction—the author is allowed liberties with regard to their characters and plot—but I expect a certain amount of realism when a novel isn’t labeled as a fantasy. I swear this book is the apocalypse in freaking la-la land with human-esque animals and quickly resolved troubles. I kept expecting
Emily Elizabeth
As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

Once upon a time, I read a Twilight fanfiction story about a girl, Bella, brought to an alien planet to become the queen of a dying alien race. She goes through trials and hardships, falls in love with an alien king, Edward, and eventually helps save the world. The story was Written in the Stars and the author was Lissa Bryan. I adored that fanfiction piece, still do. Ms. Bryan seems to just breathe compelling story lines because I enjoyed The End of All Things jus
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It's crazy how only a few weeks ago I was telling my boyfriend that I wished I'd find a post apocalyptic novel that was zombie, mutant, and gore free. I wanted something that dealt with human emotions, explored human nature, had a love story, and wasn't completely grim or depressing. I'm a reader who values character driven novels to the point where I'll look at my shelf and find myself unable to recall the plots and pretty much anything else other than the personalities of the heroines
Jade Kerrion
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Lissa Bryan offered me an ARC of her latest novel, The End of All Things, non-apocalyptic fan that I am, I accepted with a bit of trepidation. Who wants all that doom and gloom anyway? Fortunately, The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale.

After an illness sweeps through the world, wiping out large chunks of its population, Carly finds herself among the few survivors, eking out a meager life in Juneau, Alaska, accompanied by a dog (who is
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I blazed my way through Lissa's first book 'Ghostwriter' and loved it immensely so when I heard she had another book coming out soon, I knew I needed to get my hands on it. ASAP. Being the awful tease that she is Lissa posted the first chapter on her blog so fans could sink their teeth into the story early. Within the first few paragraphs I was hooked. Suffice it to say I was severely upset when I came to the end of the chapter and A) There was nothing more to read and B) The book wasn't being ...more
The world has been decimated by a lethal virus. Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau, AK, trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. she seems paralyzed into staying with her current existence, alone, afraid.

One day, she sees a man camping out in front of her apartment building, he offers hand waves and tries to communicate with her, only to have her hide in f
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review and rating to follow Jan 22 as part of Blog tour!

*update* 22 Jan 2013 (also posted on:

4.5 stars

When I started reading this book, I hadn't read the blurb. As I'd read the author's previous book, Ghostwriter, which I'd really enjoyed, I knew I wanted to read it.

I was actually really surprised with how different the storyline was. Most authors tend to stick to a certain type of story and find different ways to express it, but not Lissa Bryan.

In the End is
Lisa B.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts

When I first started reading this, I wasn’t too sure if I was going to like it. Well, guess what? I ended up loving it. Yes - a sappy, sweet, nice, often upbeat, positive, post apocalyptic love story.

I fell in love with Carly and Justin. I loved how they made each other better people and formed such a committed relationship. I enjoyed the clean story line - there were a few sex scenes, but they were appropriate for the story and not just tossed in.

Most post apocalyptic books I have re
Allie Jean
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian novels lately. With the world in the state it is in today, it’s easy to see how this society can quickly end up in an “Apocalyptic” type scenario. For me, it’s more realistic than many of the other types of genres I like to read, yet fantasy at the same time.

That being said, it is very hard to pull off a well thought out plot line that is both believable and logical in reality, yet has that aspect of fantasy that keeps the readers guessing at what will happe
heather - NightlyReading
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anyone whom loves dystopians or books about the end of life as we know it will really enjoy this read! Carly is just trying to mind her own business and trying to stay alive in her apartment with her "dog" which actually turns out to be a wolf! Justin takes up residence across the street on the sidewalk and tries to win Carly's trust. When the two finally learn that they will find no harm in each other, they decide to head to Florida where they can grow their own food and will not have to worry ...more
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
I am a huge fan of Lissa Bryan, and perhaps the most amazing thing about her is that every one of her books is unlike the last. She can switch genres seemingly effortlessly, and here she tackles a post-viral dystopia tale of love and survival.

Carly is grief-stricken and ill-equipped for an Alaskan winter when ex-soldier Justin finds her in Juneau. Together, they take off for warmer climes, along the way gathering a group of animals and finding love. If you've watched The Walking Dead you will r
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was very excited to be able to read Lissa Bryan's latest book. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic America after a horrible illness has wiped out most of the population. The main characters, Justin and Carly, are a young man and woman who are immune to the illness and survived. They are clever and resourceful, and we see their character development as the story progresses.

Although there are no supernatural elements like in Stephen King's "The Stand." Carly has a way of communicating with an
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
After reading Lissa's debut novel, I was actually counting down the days until her next one would be published. It was worth the wait.

The wonderful thing about Lissa's stories is that you feel as though you are an active participant in the exciting drama that is unfolding.

As far as leading men go, Justin is a perfect man, flaws and all.

I love reading about strong women and was impressed by how Carly evolved in this story. I found myself cheering her on.

Animal lovers will be highly entertained
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Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot.... though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of four novels, Ghostwriter, Under These Restless Skies, The End of All Things and its sequel, La

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“I think you’re wrong,” she said. “I don’t think humans were supposed to die out during the Infection. And I think those of us who survived have a duty to protect the next generation. We’re starting over, Justin. We’re rebuilding the world. And this time, we’re going to make it even better.” ~ Carly Daniels” 10 likes
“See? Nothing to it."
"I see all right," Carly said, her tone full of awe. She gaped at him.
"Jesus, Carly, what is it?" He spun around to make sure there wasn't something behind him that would justify her reaction and the look of impressed astonishment on her face.
"You... Maybe the current was a little faster than you thought."
He followed the direction of her gaze and discovered he had lost his boxers. He snickered. She giggled. They both burst into laughter, and Justin flushed a little.”
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