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World Departed

(Cascadia #1)

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In the zombie apocalypse, your worst enemy may be yourself.

From the Until the End of the World and City Series universe comes the story of the virus on the West Coast. Where the end of the world is only the beginning

Rose Winter has enough problems. With a marriage going down the tubes and a dreaded anniversary party on the horizon, the last thing she needs is the

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Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 782 pages
Published February 27th 2020
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I loved this book! There are a handful of authors that I will drop everything when she releases a new book so that I can immediately start reading it. Sarah Lyons Fleming has made her way onto that list of authors. I knew that a book would be coming out soon but I wasn't exactly sure when it would be. Once I saw that this book was available, I couldn't download it fast enough. Let's just say that my expectations were high. This book
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Trigger Warning: graphic death, drug abuse

The night before her twentieth anniversary, Rose Winters catches her husband using. Again. It's the last straw, but she's got a party to plan, kids to feed and now...a zombie apocalypse happening right at her doorstep. And a missing husband. Rose has a lot to deal with, and it's only just getting started. Because the zombies aren't going away anytime soon.

The fact that people fled, didn't listen to reports to stay inside, is why we're in this mess. They
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Ian
Set in the same world as Sarah Lyons Fleming's previous two series', World Departed retells the same story of the zombie apocalypse, only this time set in Oregon. But despite the story essentially hitting the same points as nearly all zombie books she somehow manages to build on the story and the lore of the sub-genre.

There was a lot of focus on family in World Departed and in some ways that is the main theme with the zombies just providing the background. It feels a little like American Beauty
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LeeAnn
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another truly amazing piece of literature from Sarah Lyons Fleming. Strong story telling, with nail biting action sequences and emotional scenes that had me both cheering and laughing, and then in tears at various points.

Her attention to detail is phenomenal! I have no freaking clue how she kept all the highways, byways, railways, and trails of the PNW (Pacific Northwest) straight!

I was totally unsurprised to find myself falling in love with these new characters. I am especially thrilled with
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XR
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I can't believe I have to wait until next year for the next book!!!!

When you're reading the book it's like you're reading about your new best friends, or I at least wish they were my new best friends hehe. To be honest, I didn't want this book to end so when I saw I was at 100% I was pretty shattered... I even read the acknowledgements and stuff at the end.

Also, Ms. Sarah... please don't kill the lesbians!
Karen’s Library
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Lyons Fleming writes zombie apocalypse books. This is the 7th book of hers Ive read and, seriously, there are not enough stars in the sky to rate her books. Theyre ALL amazing!

In book 1 of the Cascadia series, we are back in the same apocalyptic world of her first two series, but this time on the west coast.

In World Departed, most of the action takes place in Eugene, Oregon when the zombie plague hits. Rose, her dad Sam, her two adult kids, neighbor Tom and his adult daughter, and best
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Tanya
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, ebook, zompoc
Another winner from Sarah Lyons Fleming! If you're into military-type shoot-'em-up zombie thrillers, then this isn't the book for you. But if you're into character-driven fiction (even if you're not into zombies), then you should definitely check out Fleming's work.

There are people in these books -- real, well-drawn three-dimensional characters. There's heartbreak and drama, but there's also laugh-out-loud humor. And Fleming has spent enough time in this world that she has a good handle on her
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Summer
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I am 50% into this book. **
Something you should know about me...... I wont finish the last of something because I don't want it to be gone. The last sip of juice, the last cookie, that one last avocado I know will go bad if i don't eat it. I am notorious for not finishing a tv series because I don't want it to be over. (Still have not seen the last episode of GoT)
That being said, I don't want this book to be over! It is an internal struggle, finish it, make it last, read, stop. I find myself
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Kylie
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is a tough decision - do I start the new series now, because I love Sarah Lyons Fleming's writing? Or wait till the last book is written? I caved. And there is something a bit funny with reading a zombie apocalypse book as the world around you is collapsing. Fortunately we are only on lockdown, our battle for survival involves staying home and eating too much, not quite the zombie apocalypse here.

I loved seeing yet another angle on the world that Fleming has created. Different people respond
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Anu
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so good. I loved all the POVS, although I'm a sucker for Rose and Craig. I do love Tom and Craig too, because they have an incredible amount of character development and it is amazing. Clara took a tad bit to grow on me, but I ended up liking her POV as well. Also, fun fact. I sometimes followed along with their journeys on google maps. I'm such a nerd. But you can do that with this book!! Fleming gets the roads correct and the ranges correct as well; it's so so cool.

This is so well
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A.M. Geever
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
World Departed has all the elements that fans of Sarah Lyons Fleming have come to expect: excellent characterization, a tight plot, and good pacing. The main characters are sympathetic and relatable, people you want be friends with. Definitely people you can see yourself riding out the zombie apocalypse with. Some of them need to grow on you because they have to grow themselves, some of them you like immediately, and the turds are, well, turds.

While Word Departed is set in the same universe as
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Emily
There was a time that I thought that Sarah Lyons Fleming was just okay, and now I think that past me was just stupid. I was so, so delighted when I saw this book had been released, and then I took up nagging my best friend to start it because I wanted to discuss it with her damn it, while she was trying to savor it. I did my best to slow it down, but it was exactly the book I wanted for this moment, and I kept getting up early to read an hour before I started my day.

I don't know how
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Kitty
Read : October 29, 2020
Rating : 5 Stars

Holy shit, this was so awesome.

I've read her other books and they're amazing as well, but she does it again with this one, which is again zombies but has a different set of characters, and feels different than the rest, but just as awesome.

I liked Rose, she felt real, as did the other characters.
The overall feel of this book is hopeful, even through the hardships they face and I really like that.
Bambi Stroup
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and heart stopping

I've read and loved Sarah's other books (Until the End of the World series and The City series ).
This book is wonderful. With deep, rich characters full of quirks and flaws. I felt connected and totally drawn into what was happening with their lives enmeshed with zombies, new and old friendships and new love. So much so that I didn't want the story to end.
Janraeaz
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved! Loved! Loved! If you are interested in this book I urge you to read the other two series by this author. Until The End of The World and The City Series. Then you wont have to wait for the second book! ...more
Julie T
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
What can I say... I'm a sucker for post-apocalypse novels and apparently even living in 2020 doesn't stop me. It took me a while to get through because well... 2020. I ended up having to wait for the audiobook after I lost my kindle in a move. (my phone screen is cracked and not a pleasant reading experience)

Ended on an cliffhanger of sorts, and knowing the authors other books... I'm anxious to find out about these characters continued existence.
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Dawn Marshall
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well thats my first zombie book and I really think I could read more. Now to wait for book 2! ...more
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Loved it!

Please hurry with book 2! <3
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
I am once again blown away by another one of Flemings books. It was absolutely fantastic. I adored all the characters and the stories they had told throughout the book. It was exciting and entertaining. And it had one of my favorite parts to any zombie story: a beginning. Nothing I love more than seeing an epidemic start up. Strangely, I started reading this one right after its release, which was when the Coronavirus was amping up here in the US. But dude!! This book was a beast. It was forever ...more
Brenda Fryland
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Only 13% in and I love these characters so much! Wish I could spend the next 9 hours 13 minutes (accessing to Kindle) reading and finish it today. Alas, real life interferes...
Louieandlady Dalmatian
I hate to give this such a low rating because I LOVED the other 2 series. Unfortunately, this book doesnt have the addictive flare the others do. Its also missing the witty humor that helped balance out all the gore and death. I also drags on and on without much excitement. I havent even finished it and dont want too. I will though, in hopes the next books retains some of the old flare. ...more
Amy Dale
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to lie, I am a HUGE zombie fan. Film, tv, books, I'm so there. When I stumbled upon Until the End of the World, I fell in love with Sarah. Her character and world building is top notch, and it didn't hurt that I'm a Vermont girl. Sarah probably heard my squeals of delight from wherever she lays that magnificent brain of hers when the story led to the Northeast Kingdom nearby. Every book thereafter was a too quick KU read and then purchase as I couldn't imagine not having these gems ...more
Ian Denner
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Good

I enjoyed the book without being blown away with the story. Compared to some of the other zombie type stories that I have read this one was a little slow and maybe over thought? For me a zombie story is all action almost from the beginning where this book is very dialogue driven, and it makes me think (😊) which is not something I read a zombie story for...
Elaine
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She does it again!

Another great apocalypse story set in the same apocalypse as her two previous series.

Im loving the characters for several reasons: character development is never an issue with Lyons-Fleming so the reader really gets to know her characters (I still miss the characters from the two original series!); I love that theres more of an age spread with the main characters being in their 40s and the younger main characters being in their early 20s (its interesting get the apocalypse
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Jen
Ah, the zombie world of Sarah Lyons Fleming. How I've missed you! This new series takes place in California in the same world as Until the End of the World and Mordacious. Until the End of the World centers on the actual outbreak and surviving the zombies across the US and Canada, The City Series focuses in on how society changes into small "tribes" that compete for resources, and now Cascadia seems to be focusing in on the personal relationships and the possible cure for the virus.

As usual,
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Kim
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another incredible book from my absolute favorite author. I tried so hard to pace myself with this one but I never can with Sarah Lyons Flemings books. They are so well written and so mind consuming its impossible to put them down.
The newest series is just as amazing as the last two. The characters have great personalities, their lives very realistic and they are easy to relate to. I feel like any reader could find a connection to the characters.
I felt very connected to Rose, as I am 41 (only
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Krista
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book did a lot of background build up for the current characters, so while I read a few reviews about how its chick lit, I think its an interesting to have the slower start and build those relationships. The characters already go through a lot of development in that time span. In the other two series we see how sh*t hits the fan pretty quickly in crowded places, but this one they are relatively safe the whole first book(minus Craig hah). Kinda of like UTEOTW when they hold up in the cabin. ...more
Cyndi Marie ☆★Audiobook Addict★☆
🎧 Audio Review 🎧

I knew when I started this that was I going to be sad when it was over and I have to wait for the next book but I love the world this author has created and there was no way I could wait. This series feels very different for me from the other two. I was very surprised with how little excitement this book had and that makes me think the next book is going to be a blood bath lol. I liked getting to know the characters and definitely had a few that it took me while to like but I
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Mary Sparks
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sarah Lyons Fleming has quickly become one of my favorite writers. Zombie Apocalypse has got to be a super tough genre to write - as evidenced by the small number of good books on the market - but SLF has got it pegged. Her ability to write relatable, flawed, and loveable characters (as well as some you despise) placed in a zombie apocalypse scenario is rare. Honestly, most characters in zombie apocalypse books that I have read seem like they were plucked straight out of 'scary movie' and my ...more
Ebony Irby
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was ok. I will not continue the series even though there were some good spots. What soured it for me was Rose and Tom's "love connection". It was so annoying at times that had to skip their sections of the audiobook! They were like two love struck teenagers afraid to express how they feel to each other, and it took up TOO much unnecessary time in the story. PLUS Rose read as a weak woman, and I HATED that she couldn't stand up to Ethan even though he was wrong most of the time. I hate ...more
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