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The Undying

(The Undying: #1)

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  105 reviews
In this riveting apocalyptic thriller for fans of The Passage and The Walking Dead, a mysterious event plunges Paris into darkness and a young American must lead her friends to safety—and escape the ravenous “undying” who now roam the crumbling city.

Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with local
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
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I wanted to love this, zombies and Paris, should have been great fun. I hated the characters, they were too boring or stereotyped, with ridiculous lines. The pacing was hot and cold, the story flopped for this reader.
The flashbacks ?! What on earth was the author thinking. Why in the middle of adrenaline pushing action would you stop the story for some weird flashback ? Then I had trouble figuring out what was then and what was now. So frustraiting !
This is not the book for me at all
I finished i
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Complimentary Copy generously provided by Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I made it to 40%

I started out really liking this...hoping for another Zombie Apocalypse story while love, survival and camaraderie take place and it started it out with promise.....but.....the characters just didn't do it for me.

Jeanie - She was OK - a bit over the top with the blubbering about her father and hearing voices. She was also oblivious to the feelings Ben had for her which was ea
Timothy Ward
The Undying fulfilled most of the expectations created by its Eiffel Tower surrounded by undead hands lifted and ready to feast. Ethan Reid wrote an apocalyptic experience in France as authentic as I could have hoped for. The narrator, Candace Thaxton, vocalizes French accents with flair and keeps us grounded in each character's personality. When characters use French, Reid uses an effective translation method directly after (except where we've learned what the words mean). I don't know if Reid ...more
Toria (some what in hiatus)
I had a mental difficulty (when does i not) and thought an apocalyptic zombie novel would be a good way to pass some time with but was highly disappointed.first i was worried it was because of my mood but looking at reviews i don't seem to be alone in being disappointed. Might read something else by this author that isn't in this series to see if i enjoy that more, but I'm not rushing into it at the moment ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started reading this in September and just now finished it. I want to explain why I rated this only 2 stars. For one the first half of this book felt uneventful even though it was the story slowly unfolding. This first half was torture to read it was in English and sometimes French. The main character with her poor me mentality just irritated me and I found the supporting characters to be annoying too. No real action related to the title happens until a good part past the half way point. Basical ...more
Elena Linville
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: won-t-recommend, meh, arcs
Stars: 2.5 out of 5

This review is for the ARC I have received courtesy of NetGalley.

The Undying by Ethan Reid could have been a great book. When I read the blurb, I really looked forward to diving into the book itself. I mean two young American tourists trying to survive an apocalyptic event in Paris, as our civilization falls apart? That ought to be a an interesting read, no? Especially if you add the undying (the author's version of zombies) into the mix. I love Paris, I love disasters books a
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I really like this book but the setup was SO WRONG. You learn the ending first; the rest of the book is just Jeanie’s memories of the last few weeks and what it took her to get there. Because you already know the ending the beginning is a bit confusing. As you get deeper into the story you start to realize where the ending is and it takes away any suspense that would have been there. Ben the best friend and faithful companion let you down many times but in the end it did not matter. This would h ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.” – Stephen King

*Disclaimer through fire and brimstone!* - This was an ARC I received through Netgallary and wished I hadn't. In no way would/will this affect my words – as you will no doubt find out.

On the blurb promoting Undying by
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Got a copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

At first; I really like the genre of this book. And I like the fact that the writer is not scared to kill some of the main characters.
Now I've finished the book, It's still covered in mystery, so I would defenately read the second book.

The story started really well, the middle just had me with really big questions sometimes (that's why I gave it 3 stars) and the ending was nice as well.

Some doubts;
In the middle the character
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was just a fun read for me. Maybe I'm in a good mood lately, but it does not change the fact that I liked this book. It's zombie apocalypse novel, which I enjoy a lot of the time.
Michael Hicks
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a review.)

Trapped in Paris following a New Year’s catastrophe that brings with it the undead apocalypse, American art student Jeanie is forced into a frenetic struggle for survival. At her side is her best friend, Ben, and their French friends Zou Zou and Farid. While meteors fall, devastating the City of Lights, the small band of compatriots brave their way through riots, the French Underground, and monsters, bot
Apr 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm struggling as to where I should begin. I did not enjoy this book. I really did not. It did not live up to the expectations I had and it in no way is comparable to The Passage. So what made it fail?

For one thing, the characters. They were so stereotypical. You need your whiner/pessimist, your comedic relief character, and the determined, courageous, selfless lead. The author didn't really do anything to make them unique as they acted just like these descriptions I gave you. I sort-of liked Je
LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"
Fantastic story. This has everything in it that I love in an apocalyptic book. I did have one complaint, and that was the epilogue. It's hard to invest yourself into characters that you know are going to die. I did enjoy Zou Zou, Farid, and occasionally that sniveling Ben, but knowing all would die made it harder to get more involved. Still, Paris was a great location, and the Undying were scary as heck. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. Yep, I'd recommend this book and author ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
New Year's eve. A total black out in the city of lights and not just for the sake of irony. And then the creatures show up. This must have sounded great on paper. Enough for Simon and Schuster to launch their new line of speculative fiction, Simon451, with this title. But alas, not all that glitters and all that...this creature feature didn't particularly thrill. There are some things Reid got right here, the exotic setting, the atmosphere of doom, the fear of the entire city going dark and yet ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Lynn Williams
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the Undying. It’s an apocalyptic type story that (after a short prologue) starts in Paris on New Year’s Eve where a group of friends are dining together to bring in the New Year. Unfortunately things don’t go according to plan. Early in the evening a series of strange lights can be witnessed over the City – similar to the aurora borealis – and later on, as the 10 second countdown to the end of the year commences – all the lights go out and
Leviathan Libraries
This was a book that seemed to drag on forever. Its not that it was badly written, per say, but even though things were frequently happening as the main characters experienced the event, and began their fight to reunite and get to safety, it felt like hardly anything was happening. It's an action-packed book that, at least for the first half, seems to move at a snail's pace.

I was interested in reading it because of the title (who doesn't love a good 'zombie' book?), and the description, but by h
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, 4.5. I won a copy of this book and was excited to read it and while I've read numerous stories about the world dying and zombies eating people, this book was different. No zombies but rather a creature I'd more describe as a vampiric wraith, and they are creepy and scary and hellbent on consuming what's left of mankind. The author does an incredible job with these creatures and how everything unfolds. This story has stayed with me, I was doing the dishes the other morning, thinking abo ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Great characters, I will wonder what happened to Jeannie though....maybe more to come?
Kelly Norman
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Undying by Ethan Reid, an unknown calamity has befallen the planet. leaving nothing but death, destruction and oh yes...there be monsters. (Because the earth can't just drop's going to drop dead with panache!)

It's a little hard to categorize this novel. Apocalyptic--check. Post apocalyptic--check. Zombie--yup. Or are they Vampires? Certainly the monsters in this novel are different than your garden variety zombie/vampire/werewolf lit!

Jeanie, a complex young woman, and her best b
I received a free copy of this book.

I had high expectations when I started reading this book - maybe they were a little too high. The book tries to reach pretty high by claiming to be for fans of The Walking Dead and The Passage. As it happens I know both and are a fan.

The synopsis of the book is quite good - two friends celebrate New Year's Eve in Paris when the lights suddenly go out and they realize that something is really wrong when waking up the next day. Now they have to find a way to le
David Watson
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Post Apocalypse fiction is a genre that never gets old, because it shows you how humans might act under the worst circumstances. This is showcased well in The Undying by Ethan Reid. Jeanie and Ben arrived in Paris to celebrate the new year with friends. As the clock strikes midnight, the lights go out all over Paris and fireballs rain down from the sky.

Jeanie and Ben are now stuck in a foreign land as society crumbles around them. With all communications with the outside world cut off, no one kn
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Points definitely go to The Undying for originality. From the moment I saw the line "They Came From The Stars", I was sold. Anything that is a zombie apocalypse novel, but also decidedly not, stirs this little part of me that thrives off of the unknown. As apocalyptic happenings go, it's a fairly terrifying prospect. Being hunted down by the very people who were once running for their lives, just like you were. Yup, it gets me. I hoped Ethan Reid would take me on one hell of an adventure.

I wave
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the zombie apocalypse book, The Undying by Ethan Reid. I received a copy of from the publisher through Netgalley for which I give my thanks. The review below is my own.

The story begins with a part amongst old and new friends in Paris. Americans Jeanie and Ben have come to the City of Lights. Jeanie is there to visit her old friend Zou Zou and to try and get some distance from the recent death of her father. Ben is there to supposedly chaperone Jeanie while it soon become clear h
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Undying: 3.5/5 Stars.

The cover: I found the design quite apt, it was an image that appeared in my mind several times throughout the book and a week after finishing, it still sticks with me. I’m not keen on the font and colour used for the title; it detracts from the image quite a bit and at first glance looks a bit tacky. Still, it’s a cover that caught my attention when browsing, and that’s what matters.

The story itself I found quite interesting. It was so refreshing to find that the main
This book was given to me as an ARC ebook for a review.

I did it. I got to 19% *wipes sweat off forehead*.
It makes me sad to give up on yet another book.
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I'm not even going to do a full on review of this and break down the book. There's nothing to break down. I could sum this book up in one word, BORING.

The book only got SOMEWHAT interesting around chapter 5. Not even then did I want to read what happened next. It kept doing these absolutley pointless flashbacks with characters that weren't
Iain Clements
Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time to celebrate the New Year with their friends. Unfortunately, things soon start to go very wrong with earthquakes, fireballs raining from the sky, and massive devastation spreading across the city.

After the initial wave of devastation, the story focuses on Jeanie and Ben's struggle for survival in the midst of the chaos.

Without internet, telephone, or any information sources, Jeanie and Ben's only option is to head to the centre of the city to look fo
Amber Jerome
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I rarely abandon books. In fact, this is the first book I've abandoned since joining GoodReads. I had hoped to never make an abandonment shelf, but those hopes were slashed today when I finally decided to abandon this book.

I really tried to push through. Mostly because the beginning of this book was SO promising!!! I was really enjoying it and the first evening that I really allowed myself to sit down and immerse mys
Mariana Nguyen

book is glee

The Undying has a lot of potential to become an amazing book. Unfortunately, I have to give it a no. The writing is definitely not the best out there, and while I found the idea of flipping the plot and let the readers know the ending first quite intriguing, it took my all my will to finish the rest of the book. Why? There is really no reason for me to continue knowing who's going to die in the end.

I can't relate to the characters at all, which can be all pointed back to the fact that
Nicole Overmoyer
Maybe AMC's "The Walking Dead" spoiled me when it comes to zombies and the undead but I just couldn't get into it when it came to Ethan Reid's THE UNDYING.

I gave up at 40%.


1) Jeanie has too many flashbacks mixed with voices in her head. It's hard to tell sometimes what's going on.

2) Jeanie is apparently the only one who can see the zombies, if that's what they are - and I feel like maybe that should've been known by 40%, though since it's THE UNDYING (The Undying #1), maybe that's for anothe
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Ethan Reid received his BA in English with Writing Emphasis from the University of Washington and his MFA from the University of Southern California’s MPW Program, where he studied under author S.L. Stebel, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sy Gomberg, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Tarloff.

Ethan is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers and the Pacific Nor

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