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There are three kinds of people in the world: those who are alive, those who are undead, and those who can see the undead.

Honor Rochester found out she's one of the three, and it's not the one she would prefer to be.

She can accept her fate and live as is decided for her. Or not live at all.

This is an alternate-cover edition for ASIN B00ASFRJ1A.
Published (first published December 23rd 2012)
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M.L. Stephens
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love discovering new authors and I'm glad to say that this one is a keeper!

I read this book without reading the synopsis because sometimes you just have to go for it. I didn't have the slightest clue as to the storyline but let me say, "Wow." I was pleasantly surprised.

From the hallways of a small town school, to the top secret facilities where strange things occur, Ordinary takes the reader on a journey unlike any other.

I immediately connected with Honor's need to protect and care for those a
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Sharon
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E-book gifted by author for review

Wow, what a book, I have to say this book had me intrigued from start to finish. I absolutely love it and loved the way that it was written.The story of Honor that through no fault of her own is ripped from what she considered a normal if somewhat tragic life and sent into a world of fear and the unknown.

The story is written from several different perspectives of all the main characters and for me, that was the winning formula of this story. Seeing how each char
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Lissette
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Honor Rochester has always considered herself a regular Plain Jane. She's a growing sixteen-year-old, intent on making the most of the world she lives in. She has a loving mother (most of the time), and a talented younger sister. There's nothing else she could ever want in life, aside from her late father, of course.

When her life takes an unexpected turn in school one day, Honor begins to question the world as she knows it. A classmate has disappeared, and there are people intent on capturing he
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Maribel Platypire Reviews
I wish I had the second book. That's how good this was. I'll admit that when I won this, I only read until the the halfway point. I honestly have no idea why I didn't finish reading it, but I do regret this 2 years later.

Honor is defender of the weak, of those that can't protect themselves. It makes me sad that people like her in the world are few and far in between. She lives up to her name, despite the circumstances that she finds herself in.

Once you start the book, you are thrown into the sto
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Marie
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gets a BIG 5 STARS from me!!

**There are three kinds of people in the world: those who are alive, those who are undead, and those who can see the undead.

Honor Rochester found out she's one of the three, and it's not the one she would prefer to be.

She can accept her fate and live as is decided for her. Or not live at all.**


I had won this book and to be honest I didn't really know what to expect because the synopsis didn't really give anything away about what exactly the undead are or w
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Brandy Corona
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ordinary is one of those rare books that suck you in from the first page and never lets you go. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours.

The storyline is totally fresh and unique and I loved how the book is divided into the main characters different perspectives.

Honor, Christian and Isaac are some of the BEST characters I have come across in a long while. I was nearly in tears at the end because of how beautifully the stories came together. I cannot wait to read the next in this series.
Lesslie
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done Lindy Zart! You have done it again, you have left me wanting more! So much more! Honor is a normal teen whom goes about her day at school then noticed changes in a classmate. It takes her on world win of her life. She finds out about a virus that has been around for years! To top it off she finds out she has it. But that's not it, that's just the start..... please check out this wonderful author/book.

What happens at the end of the story will so leaving you wanting more, there is a sho
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Emily Grosse
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely give this book a try! While it took me a little to get into this book, it now has me waiting "patiently" for the next. This book is developing characters and telling a story about a world and life that these characters are thrown into. I love that my almost teenage daughter can also read this book and this gives us something to talk about and bond over which happens less as children get older. The fact that my daughter picks to keep reading this book instead of turning on the TV speak ...more
Melody
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel. It hooked me from the beginning. The mysterious Christian and his possible kidnapping,the heroine Honor who lives up to her name, Ryder who annoys Honor :), and Agent Nealon with a secret all make for a well told story about UD's and UDK's. I went to turn the page and thought NO!!! because it ended too soon!!! I can't wait for the next installment. I am very glad to have found Ms. Zart and her fabulous series!! Read it! It's great!!!
Mark
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ordinary tells the story of Honor Rochester a high school student who quickly becomes eyewitness to mysterious men abduct one of her male classmates. She discovers these men are now after her for for being an eyewitness to this and once apprehended she finds out the truth about herself, the abducted classmate and others there. An enjoyable story.
Nicola
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-midwest
I really enjoyed Ordinary and it's the new dystopian society. I liked the characters and found there to be just enough mystery. I'm giving it 4 stars because I thought it was a tad too short. I would have loved to learn more about Honor and really get a taste for why she was so respected amongst the other characters.

Thank you Mrs. Zart for the early copy I received! Waiting for Book 2!!!!
Nelta
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Lindy Zart and will not be my last...."Ordinary" truly is anything but...The characters pull you into the story and you find yourself telling them what to do.....I can not wait to read the next in this series to see what transpires between Honor, Christian, Ryder and Isaac....
The Literary Connoisseur
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING. I could easily see it becoming as popular as Divergent, The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games. I want everyone I know and their mom to read this book...it was just so amazing, powerful and beautiful- I can't get over it.
Yavonn
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The character development in this book was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the part of the book that went back and told the story from the other characters stand points to flesh them out even more. Off to read book 2 now https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... ...more
Joood Hooligan
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I really got into the storyline... so much so that my husband probably thinks I'm crazy after I tried to explain it to him, as if it were a real possibility. I cannot wait for the sequel. The entire time I read, I was left on edge.
Lisa
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was captivated from first page and couldn't put it down. This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend for any reader. Can't wait for more.
Yavonn
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and it's original take with the story. I am anxiously awaiting book 2!
J.L. Dobias
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I borrowed Ordinary (The Anything But Series Book 1)by Lindy Zart from a friend. So I don't own it.

I don't usually read zombie stories. So, it's a good thing this isn't really a zombie story. In this world where Honor is there are the UD's and the UDK's. They are both the product of a virus that's been accidentally let loose on the world years ago .(I take it from the story that Accidentally is a debatable term.) It has manifested itself in two forms, those who are the undead(UD's) and those who
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Desiree
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: House/Well, a paranormal with lots of suspense.

Unremarkable (Anything But #2) REVIEW
Honestly, I was getting a little worried when I was at 40% and wondering when we were going to be "let in" on what in the world was going on with this book. I love LOVE Lindy Zart and her writing and this is the first 'paranormal' from her that I have read. The suspense Zart creates in the first 40% is gripping and you can't put it down because you're dying to
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Desiree
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Rating: House/Well, a paranormal with lots of suspense.

Honestly, I was getting a little worried when I was at 40% and wondering when we were going to be "let in" on what in the world was going on with this book. I love LOVE Lindy Zart and her writing and this is the first 'paranormal' from her that I have read. The suspense Zart creates in the first 40% is gripping and you can't put it down because you're dying to know what everyone surrounding the main ch
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Becky Fairweather
Enjoyed :)

This book is not something I would normally read but I'm so glad I did. This book is a turn paging story that makes you wanna know what's going to happen next. Ordinary for me is a 5star read and I cant wait to start book 2 :) thank you
Red Cheeks Reads
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing world Lindy Zart creates in the first book in the Anything But… series, Ordinary. While reading, I was transported to a familiar, small town life following Honor Rochester as she finishes up high school. However, her world is rocked and nothing is as it seems. Nothing could have prepared her for the insane truth about what she has been living with, every day. The world seems normal, as you and I know it to be, and yet there are different people walking around. Different meaning u ...more
Suralxiong
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-001
Ordinary (The Anything But Series)by Lindy Zart

So this is another in the series of free offerings.

Unfortunately I'm not sure It's still free.

Now, because it's free, I should at least be civil and nice. But at the risk of spoiling things- You can't end it like that.

Granted I'll give that this is almost like a Zombie Apocalypse novel, but it's really not- so there.

Make no mistake, I really liked this story and I'll be waiting for the other half of it to make it to e-print.

This story has many ele
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Curly Carla Celebrity Readers
This book was picked entirely by its cover alone (yes, I am a cover judger) and TBH I had no idea it by LZ. I had read Roomies and liked it well enough. This book really shocked me though. It took off running. At first I was taken a back by the speed in which the events happened. It was very fast paced in the beginning. Once I found my rhythym, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up till one in the morning finishing it. I think it's a dystopian but I not good with genres because I love to read it a ...more
BooksandBeyondFiftyShades
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are three kinds of people in the world: those who are alive, those who are undead, and those who can see the undead.
Honor Rochester found out she's one of the three, and it's not the one she would prefer to be.
She can accept her fate and live as is decided for her. Or not live at all.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this paranormal book. So many times I would forget about those who are undead and those who can see the undead. I really enjoyed getting the points of view of a
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Book Junky Girls
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alright now I know you, you saw the word Undead in the synopsis and your thinking ZOMBIES heck yea. Am I right? It's ok thats what I thought too. So what do you get with this one? You get a different type of undead story, and a great one at that. This starts our following Honor as she finds out there's something defferent going on in the world and she's a part of it. The last bit of the book though gives you the POV of three other characters and how they see things. It made the story even more i ...more
Chris B. (1 More Chapter)
2.75 stars
I kind of enjoyed this book right up until the climax. (As a side-note that is kind of spoilery: (view spoiler) 
Then, we get to the climax, something drastic happens to leave us on a cliffhanger, and then... we travel back in time and relive the entire story up to the climax through different POVs. I found mys
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Kim Vrana
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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Laura
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read from this author Lindy Zart and I have to say that I loved this book and can't wait to read more books from this author. I love how the story has you guessing at the beginning of the book, which grabs you and you don't want to put the book down. I loved Honor and the other characters in the book. I also loved how the author tells us the story of the other characters and the end of the book, and lets you understand more on why they make the decisions that t ...more
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Lindy Zart is a USA TODAY bestselling author that has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely natural obsession with wine, coffee, peanut butter, bloody marys, and pizza.

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“Because I can be.”

“You shouldn’t be.”

“Save it, Rochester. You broke my nose.”

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