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Until the End of the World

(Until the End of the World #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  5,862 ratings  ·  618 reviews
Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends h ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 22nd 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2013)
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Chris Dietzel
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook version of this and it was excellent. Audiobooks are ruined for me if the reader tries to do a one-person performance as if the book is a stage play. This reader did enough to add value but without being annoying. And the overall story (a realistic, everyday life version of the zombie apocalypse) was a refreshing take on the genre.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I ended up really liking this book. I stumbled upon this series quite by accident while I was browsing Audible. I am a huge Walking Dead fan so I thought this looked promising and decided to give it a try. This was a story that I liked more and more as I continued to read. I listened to the audiobook for hours at a time and never tired of the story. I am so glad that I took a chance with this book.

This book starts just as the trouble
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Everything in this book I've seen before. It's not bad...honestly it's really good fun but it's typical for the genre.

This book is about so much more than zombies. It's about family, friends, love, breakups and beer. The author had a large cast of characters to deal with but she was able to make each one of them feel like an individual. Each one was believable and independent. Sure they had similarities, but they were a tight knit group of friends; naturally there is overlap in opinions, tastes and voice.

Even outside the topic of the world ending there were heavy subjects dealt with but it never felt like it w
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
***** 4 1/2 Zombilific Stars *****

And again I pick up a winning Zombie book full of twists, turns and emotional turmoil. I cried like a wuss bag not just once...but 2 times during reading.

I picked this book up yesterday and was done reading in less than 24 hours.

We have a load of characters but each one seems to have their own personality which endears each one to the reader. Not one time did I get lost with who was who because the author did such a kick ass job of bringing these characters to l
Honestly, I do not understand what people liked about this book. I am sorely disappointed. Cassie talks and acts like a 17-year-old and she is supposed to be a grown woman in her mid-twenties (28?). As far as I understood, several of her childhood/college friends have ended up working at the same community centre in Brooklyn where she does "newsletters", and their dialogue and the way they act is beyond juvenile.

As far as I listened, Cassie kept lamenting in her head about some horrible mistake
Jul 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 meh stars

Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too
Robin Hill
Absolutely loved this. Whelan is fantastic as always. Can't wait to continue with the series.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not particularly a fan of zombies and apocalyptic literature, but gave this book a try; the preview seemed to promise more than just zombies and death. I was not disappointed. The writing flows easily and the story never bogs down. The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional. Some you like and some not so much. They draw you in and you don't want to put the book down until you find out what has happened next. When not reading and just going about my day, I found myself wondering ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Though I gave this book bonus points for starting with the events that lead to the apocalypse (something I love and few authors do) I could not even finish the book.
My first problem was with Cassie, whom I see as a glorified Mary Sue (with all the preparedness she has for the apocalypse and stuff). She behaves like a teenager but she is like the super survivalist, except when she is clumsy (Bella from Twilight anyone?). She was a big turnoff for me.
The second thing was Anna and Peter and not wi
Lorraine Southern
5 stars!!
Listened to this on Audible and thoroughly enjoyed everything about it! I’m very tight at dishing out that 5th star but this one was worth it and I cant wait to dive into And After.
First though, I need to go download 1.5, So Long Lollipops 😊
Karen’s Library
If there was ever a zombie apocalypse tale that seemed to be written JUST for me, this was it!!

It had everything I look for in my favorite genre! A strong female lead, a good group of characters who genuinely love each other like family, a lot of great prepper advice (just storing it away in my head for a rainy apocalyptic day - you never know), not too much "evil humans" which many of the PA books I read seem to be full of - this mix seemed 90% good humanity with 10% really evil (seems like mos
Hello book friends,

I’m super happy to bring you a review for a new series that I think is going to keep me busy for a while as I couldn’t tear myself away from it.

Sorry for being MIA for a while, Real Life bitch-slapped me in the face for a while and I kind of got stuck in a bit of a slump!

But I think I’m back and ready to make up some lost time (and reviews!)

Why did you pick it up Vicci?

Well, I saw lots of people talking about this book in a Facebook group that I am in, and you know how I don
I picked this up on a whim without really reading the synopsis. I thought it was an apocalypse story, which it was, but it was the zombie apocalypse. See, I don’t go looking for zombie books, they find me. However, this was totally about the survival aspect and the zombies were the instigator. The story reminded me a lot of Mic Roland’s Siege of New Hampshire series. It even took place in the same general area.

It was a good story and it kept me turning pages but it had one major flaw. The protag
Cassie has got a lot of depth, and following her story - and her journey - through a post-apocalyptic world was a real pleasure. Over the course of the book I became quite attached to pretty much all of the characters, faults and all.

The story is pretty typical - there's a viral outbreak of some sort, zombies attack, group of survivors band together to reach safety, etc. Happily, Cassie's parents were survivalists, so they've left her well set up.

But it's not the plot that drives this book - m
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
An okay read. Dragged a bit in the middle, but the end was kinda sweet. If you're not looking for anything too deep or unique and just want a nice straightforward 'end of the world' zombie type read its fine. Many of the characters (can you say Anna and Peter!) were SO shallow as to be one-dimensional. I wanted to reach through the book and slap, not the two of them, but the other characters in the book for not doing anything about them and putting up with their complete idiotic bullshit. Anyhow ...more
E.V. Fairfall
Wow. What a book. This was fantastic, well written, perfect metaphors. Most relatable and realistic characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I really loved it. I don't think I'll continue with the series because the book was so perfect and the ending was really nice and it satisfied me. I can go on picturing my own end of the world from here!
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it

This book was just kind of ok for me. There were a few things i liked and a few things that irked me.

The thing I've always found appealing about these kinds of post - apocalyptic zombie books is not anything to do with the zombies themselves, but more about the survival and the scavenging. It's like the world is one giant medicine cabinet. Walmart is always open and it's free. The odds of survival kind of depend on those you surround yourself with. The people who have to watch your back
May 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars. I dont know why this book has such a high rating. I felt zero invested in the characters and the zombie theme was a joke. Combining soap opera drama with zombies can be a hit but that wasn't the case with this one. I also felt like i was reading YA with everyone behaving like a 17yo but no, these people are pushing 30. It might have been the audio that ruined things for me. While i usually dig Julia Whelan, this whole thing sounded like a long nasal whine and all male characters had b ...more
Pam Nelson
Finally, after much recommendations of this series, I started it and I LOVED it. I was already a fan of the walking dead, this is like that but better. It starts with a few infected and then it blows up. Cassie and her gang realize things are about to hit the fan and they need to get out of New York city asap.

The fast pace of the story works well and they group all have a purpose. There are a few characters I did not like at all. I swear to you I hated them then by the end of the book was like
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book came highly recommended and I couldn't wait to start it.

Cassandra's parents die in a car accident which leaves her alone in the world. She pushes everyone away in her grief, including her one true joy, Adrian, her fiance at the time. 

Two years later.... She had some great friends and a boyfriend, Peter, whom she is just waiting for the right time to tell him their relationship is over. When news begins to spread of a virus slowly manifesting into the United States... things begin to ge
Lauren Murphy
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is now one of my all time favorites. I could not stop reading and finished it in two days. (I actually listened to it and the Narrator Julia Whelan, narrator of the year for 2014, did an amazing job bringing the story and characters to life.) The characters are so well developed, each with a very different and interesting personality, and each facing their own struggles in the "end of the world," that I grew to love each of them and became very involved in their struggles and successes ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a refreshing take on apocalyptic lit. I love the genre in general but this raised the bar with a real story-strong backing. I can read almost any end of the world novel and find something that I enjoy, but I LOVED this book. It didn't just focus on the tension of a zombie apocalypse, but instead wove a story of friendship, love, and the human experience of survival. I smiled, I teared up, I was nervous of the outcome. It took me only 2 days to read...and I'd read it again. Beautifully done. ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read a Zombie book! I don't read Zombie books - ever!
I was told it would make me cry, it didn't, it made me worry....worry for all of the characters that you get to know very well.
For my first Zombie book, it was good. Keeping in mind I have nothing to compare it to.
I just hope the follow on books don't disappoint!
Deacon D.
I feel compelled to say a few things about this book, but I'm not gonna do a review per se.

This book offers plenty of action, suspense, humor, and yes, romance. And zombies..LOTS of zombies.

But, I fear that the romantic elements in this book may dissuade some male readers from giving it a try, and that would be a damn shame. I really enjoyed this immensely readable story, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I even got a little misty, at certain points.

Anyway, UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD is good st
Because one of my fave narrators (Julia Whelan) performs this story, I ended up listening to YA Zombie Apacolypse fiction & being vastly entertained :) Loved the warm friendships the author creates among the make-shift family members. The book definitely focuses more on the relationships & people joining together to survive than violence---tho' there is some of that. Even though the ending was quite satisfying, I think I'm going to have to finish to the series just so I'll know what happens. No ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies, 4-stars
I love zombie novels and have read quite a few. Maybe not as many as others, but nothing to scoff at. However, I do have to break up the zombie books with something else because honestly, how many different zombie apocalypse storylines could there possibly be? I feel confident saying that most zombie books have the same basic storyline- a zombie apocalypse happens, there is doubt and confusion, then there is carnage, scattered people come together to form a group, either someone sabotages the gr ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of post-apocalyptic zombie fiction mixed with suspense, drama and a dash of romance.
Review also on My Book Addiction as part of #zOctober2013!

Until the End of the World is very different from the zombie books I have been reading lately. It’s not horror, per se, but more of a post-apocalyptic chick-lit zombie tale.. and I was perfectly happy with that. This character driven story is told from Cassie’s POV. The beginning was slightly clumsy, but it did smooth out about a quarter of the way in. I really dig stories that begin when life is normal so we can find out how the shit hit
I never thought I would be a fan of zombies until The Walking Dead came out actually I didn’t even watch the first season until it was on Netflix then I was hooked. However I haven’t read many zombie books, so this probably wouldn’t have been a book I would have picked up on my own but thanks to the Armchair Audies I had the pleasure of listening to this one. I mention The Walking Dead because this has the same feel to it, in that you care about the group and you want them all to survive.

This is
Ambs ❤❤
I immediately fell in love with the writing of this book. It was so easy and laid back that I was able to fall right into the storyline. Well done Sarah Lyons Fleming!

This is your average story about "zombies" but this isn't your average story about "survival". Ok, it is a little bit. These survivors have to learn to survive off the grid, overcome their fears and anxieties in this new world, but it was also so much more. The dynamics between the characters are realistic, some are stubborn and s
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I'm a Laura Ingalls devotee, wannabe prepper and lover of anything pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic—-or anything in between. Add in some humor and romance, and I'm in heaven.

Besides an unhealthy obsession with home-canned food and Bug Out Bag equipment, I love books, making artsy stuff and laughing my arse off. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I now live in Oregon with my family

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