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Everyone Dies at the End

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Who knew the zombie apocalypse would be caused by something we all know is deadly...but that is also all around us? Two stories intersect as the world delves into chaos - Earl, a drugged out heroin addict constantly in search of his next fix, and a family struggling with the dramas of everyday life, get no reprieve during this zombie outbreak. Can any of them survive the d ...more
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Riley Amos Westbrook Yes, that means that I, as an Author, have refused to pay for a single review. You may ask yourself, "Why would you limit yourself? What about Kirkus …moreYes, that means that I, as an Author, have refused to pay for a single review. You may ask yourself, "Why would you limit yourself? What about Kirkus or other literary magazines?!" And my response is, I in good faith cannot PAY $500 dollars for a review to the company. As a customer to the company, I would be unhappy with anything less than a stellar review, and as an Author, I wouldn't want to accept a single review as less than 100% honest. That is why I have taken the True Review Pledge.(less)
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Purvi Petal
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's literally a man eat man world out there and seems like the whole world is doing drugs, one way or the other! I am not a sucker for zombie stories, in fact, quite averse to them. Throw into the skillet my allergic distaste for mushrooms. And yet, oh my lord! What an apocalypse it was, making me sit up and read it all, in one go while it scared me almost into thinking, 'what if..' .
Welcome to the world of Everyone Dies at the End. We are not really even some centuries far away from the tipto
Courtney Wells
* I received this copy in exchange for an honest review *

I'm a sucker for good zombie stories - especially ones that cut to the chase while reveling in the gory details. Characters always make or break these stories and I felt the ones here were rather nuanced for a novella and gave the reader people to invest in, root for and fret after.

Given the story's short length and title, I'm hesitant to say too much for fear of giving away any twists or charm but feel like it's a worthwhile read for tho
Tori (InToriLex)
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
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This was a disappointing read, because I simply didn't care about any of the characters in the story.  There was a good amount of action and gore, but it didn't amount to much because there were no likeable characters. Earl makes decisions that don't make alot of sense in the long run, and the family described were never developed enough to make me care about their lives. While the plot is fast paced it all seemed very random and a way fo
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to one of the authors, Riley Westbrook, for gifting me with a copy of Everyone Dies At The End in exchange for an honest review!

1.  The plot.  I really loved the plot line of this book.  Because it's such a short length (87 pages), you'd think the plot line would be more difficult to develop.  While there were some missed opportunities for explanations and elaborations on the infection, I think that in general, this is quite a nice (if horror can be nice) little story!  It kept me inte
In Everyone Dies at the End, author Riley Westbrook brings something a little different to the table concerning zombies.

In this novella, Westbrook introduces a myriad of characters from all walks of life, many different backgrounds, some that seem "good" and some of the more ... unsavory variety, all in the fight for the same thing -- survival. With a zombie outbreak in full effect, each survivor has to rely on one another for safety and it was really quite interesting seeing people who wouldn't
Charles Hash
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's a fungus among us. Only this one is worse than athlete's foot, ringworm, diaper rash, dandruff, sinusitis, and a yeast infection combined. It would be nice if this fungus just killed you, or even better, caused vivid hallucinations, but no, there are fates worse than death, and who knows what madness lurks in the remains of the minds of those consumed by the deadly, unceasing, onslaught of mushrooms.

*Warning: Contains mushrooms. Consult a physician before consuming if you have a mushroom
Ann Andrews
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have a love/hate relationship with zombie type stories. I do love them. But they also terrify me. In a world where scientists experiment with so many chemicals and (let's be honest) potions, it's all too easy to visualize the end of the human race involving some kind of disease that transforms us into mindless cannibals wandering around and muttering "Bwainssssss. . ."

Everyone Dies at the End has found a happy medium betwee
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This one is a bit hard for me to rate, so I will break down in parts.

Everyone dies at the end was an enjoyable read. Sure, there are plenty of zombie stories out there but this one doesn't follow the prototype and the ending is not at all what one might expect. So this book gets a five for originality, however, there were things that bugged me. Earl, who can't live without his heroin and goes through jars of it in weeks, always
S.J. Higgins
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I often refer to being sucked into a book, in this instance I feel like I was sucked into a crazy-assed dream where zombies, junkies and demons took center stage. There were times when the flip-flopping between the family in the country and the junkie in the city was a bit distracting, I also struggled to keep track of the timing sometimes but that kind of worked for this story.

The characters and the things they get up to left me blinking a time or two and don't get me going on the ending. I di
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
"Everyone Dies at the End" is a short zombie apocalyptic story. The outbreak in this particular story is one so believable that you may just start hoarding supplies in your basement. As you read, you are introduced to several different character perspectives and their role in both the cause and the survival of this apocalypse. The characters are all well developed and are anything but one dimensional. The main group of survivors ranges in age as well as physical type. The depth of the plot and t ...more
Joselyn  Moreno Burke
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I have to admit the book is absolutely fantastic, I think I have a new favorite author and all.

The book begins and you're already hook up in it, I think it was very well written, the characters are ones you will live with, you will laugh, awesome yourself and feel for them all the way and it's so interesting the way everything it's depicted and all the scenarios they went through.

And that ending damn I never have will have imagined someth
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everyone Dies at the End is a short but sweet action packed disgusting gore fest!! It was GREAT!! The story stayed at a fast enough pace to keep an ADD reader like me interested. I had a bit of trouble in the first half keeping up with all of the characters, it didn't take away from the fun. A must read for every zombie apocalypse book fan. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Eric Ponvelle
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Caveat: I read an advanced reader copy of this novel, so this review is based on a pre-released version. I also received this copy for free in return for an honest review.

What happens when a desperate junkie has to share his small stash with his equally addicted friend? The zombie apocalypse, evidently.

Thus is the story of Everyone Dies at the End . The novel takes on two intertwining storylines, one that follows addict Earl and one that follows John, Joey, Peter, Sara, and their kids. The nove
Cory Abernathy
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

‘Everyone Dies at the End’ by Riley Westbrook is a short story about a zombie outbreak that is passed by means of fungus and spores. The circumstances of the outbreak seemed to be fairly original, though the appearance of the zombies themselves really reminded me of those found in the game, ‘The Last of Us’.
There are two main story paths. One follows a collection of families that are trying to ride out the outbreak and the other follows a dru
Tyler Harris
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Z Nation fans
While many zombie apocalypse stories start with a lovable family who's lives suddenly fall apart, Everyone Dies at the End introduces characters who we immediately know are not far from rock bottom. The action begins as soon as we enter the world of Everyone Dies at the End, and never stops until the very end.

I like just about anything zombie. From what I've seen, this story is most comparable to the Syfy series Z Nation. The action doesn't really stop. The benefit of a zombie novel written that
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, horror
I received this book from the author through LoP in exchange for an honest review.

I am a sucker for all things zombies. If I hear there are zombies, there’s a good chance I’ll be there. Everyone Dies at the End jumps straight into the action. I knew that it was going to be fast paced because of the length, and Westbrook did not disappoint. The characters had a surprising amount of depth for the short amount of time we spent with some of them. I’m always interested in seeing the different kinds o
Amanda Lyles
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started reading this and immediately forgot what the title was. Then the end came. Imagine my surprise when everyone died. I liked it in spite of that. I found it very gross at times and if I didn't have such a strong stomach I imagine I would have to give up mushrooms. Who knew the zombie apocalypse could happen from something so mundane as spiking your girlfriend's heroin spoon with mold? It was very imaginative. ...more
J. Kahele
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I have to give this a five only because it was the most unusual book I have ever read. The book had zombie rats with mushrooms coming out of their head. Two junkies who practically beat the crap out of each other and a very surprising end. I think the author did a fantastic job of gripping the reader to the end.
Derek Bailey
I'm not often one for the zombie apocalypse theme. I think it's overdone and all too formulaic to be of any real entertainment value. I also just don't find that zombies are a compelling type of villain. Vampires are scary because they are smart AND powerful AND eat people. Zombies just kind of eat people most of the time. Occasionally they are stronger or faster than average people, but a lot of the time they are actually slower. What makes a zombie apocalypse entertaining for most
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone Dies at the End started out strong, with the resident junkie, named Earl, adding malicious substances to his girlfriend's fix and making her ill enough to be confined in a hospital. It's during her stay in the hospital that things started to go haywire. She sprouted a mushroom on her skull and the people at the hospital died, Earl escaped to run for his life - or at least find more drugs.
Somewhere in the same city,
Valicity Elaine
Another zombie apocalypse. I don’t feel bad saying that because this one is actually good! I don’t know why the authors decided to give such a telling title but it actually works and it works well. This is a story that’s a little short but it’s so original and completely interesting I loved it.

The antagonist is all around us, that gives this book an edge aside from the fact that the cast experiences some strange events and escapes a few heart-pounding scenes. Speaking of characters, this cast i
Danielle Evans
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book was gritty, grotesque, and all in all, a lot of fun! It's a zombie apocalypse story, but there is plenty of humor thrown in and a very interesting cast of characters that will keep you hooked.

There is Earl, the detestable junkie who's willing to do whatever it takes to get his next fix. He's truly a despicable character; I hated him and was hoping the title was truthful so that I would eventually get to see
Christina McMullen
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all, a disclaimer: I hate zombies and I hope the whole zombie apocalypse genre will die a quiet death.

Now, that being said, there's a good reason why I hate the zombie apocalypse genre and that' because it seems to me that most books are the same story recycled with different characters. Usually it's more about the survival tactics and not so much storytelling. Everyone Dies at the End is a story about the characters. The advent of the apocalypse is not just different, it's head-scratc
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zombies, r2r
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Lovers of Paranormal group on Goodreads.

This is a zombie apocalypse book unlike any I have ever read before. It starts off with a drug addict initiating the outbreak by giving his significant other mold instead of heroin because he didn't want to share.

This whole story was incredibly disorienting for me because there were almost no descriptions for any of the characters or settings and all of the scenes kind of jauntily cut together
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting. This a a short little novella, taking me just a few hours to read, but packs a lot in. The build up was slow but once it hit, I was in. The pace is almost nonstop from the time it starts and left me chasing the pages. The book is written well and easy to follow. The writing style was enjoyable. I liked the characters and although there wasn't one I could relate to I definitely found myself choosing favorites. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love supernatural stories and this one was really good. I immediately fell in love with this book and the characters. I thought this was a really unique book that keeps you entertained through the end. I wish it could of been longer but it was still good and I enjoyed reading this book. The ending was pretty shocking to me, I would of never thought that would happen as the ending. I recommend this book to anyone who loves su
Sarah Davies
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by Lovers of Paranormal group for a fair and honest review.

Everyone Dies at the end, By Riley Westbrook.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, within the first page you are hooked.

Because it's a novella, you keep reading as you want to know what happens, very fast paced, not over the top graphic (which tends to happen with other zombie stories.

The only character that got a bit tiresome was Earl but that was more about the demon and not Earl himself.

Great twis
Catherine Putsche
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blood splattering, flesh devouring and brain impaling terror and panic are what we have come to expect in any zombie apocalypse story. However, Everyone Dies at the End is a zombie apocalypse with a difference as the world is turned upside down as the outbreak is passed through fungus/spores.

A great short story that’s well thought out and indulges our intrigue with zombies that brings together a number of possible disasters and possibilities that may occur in real virus breakout.
Everyone Dies A
Brodie James
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I will start by saying I really enjoyed this it wasn't a long book so I finished it in a day. The characters had depth I liked how we got a glimpse into the mind of an addict and I thought the authors perspective on that very interesting. Also the idea of the zombies in this book is very unique while there could have been more blood and gore I found it to be a very enjoyable book with a very unique twist. I would recommend u read this the w ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: zombie fans
Recommended to Laura by: Riley Westbrook
I really enjoyed this short zombie tale. I didn't know what to expect, and found myself zipping right through it. The visuals of the characters were so starkly odd they were actually funny! I kept thinking WTH with respect to the "odd couple" and poor Earl... There were so many off beat moments, but it all comes together cleverly! Well, I say give it a read, and enjoy! It's short, simple, and filled with lots and lots of imaginative gore! ...more
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Riley spent the first twelve years of his life being in a military family. Moving from country to state to state back to another country, he struggled to make friends. Books were close to him from a young age, and he loved to read.
In school, he kicked and screamed and refused to do the homework assigned by the teachers. He challenged them to bring out their tests, and let him ace them from the sta

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