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After the End

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  805 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
The end of the world is only the beginning.

Zombies are on the loose and the world is falling apart. In the tradition of apocalyptic novels such as Stephen King’s THE STAND, a group of strangers on a Manhattan subway are brought together in the name of survival. The group follows the lead of Ari Brenner, a young man who doesn’t recognize his own leadership qualities and be
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published April 26th 2010
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Stop me if you heard this one before.

In a zombie apocalypse several survivors band together and struggle for survival. There is the ex-military macho man who is a reluctant leader, the love interest that is gorgeous but ultimately contributes nothing except for a way for the macho leader to show off his macho-ness, the sassy grandmother, the older brother protecting his young sister, the dumb female who just can't cope, the lesbian who complains about men....

Yeah. Sounds familiar right?

While I d
Autumn Moon
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wasn't really expecting much from this story. I paid $2.99 for the ebook version and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading it. After the End is your standard Zombie fare and at 168 pages it's not the plottiest book ever but for what it is it doesn't need to be. There were a few spelling mistakes and it would have benefitted from a more thorough proof read but on the whole it was good read at a good value . This is pure escapist fiction. I liked it enough to check ou ...more
Felicia A
3.5. It wasn't horrible, wasn't spectacular. I think it was a good effort, was just missing...something.

You've got your typical uniform zombie characters: the dashing but reluctant hero, the unlikely love interest, the vapid stupid girl, the feisty old woman, the guy-who-can-save-us-all-and-must-be-protected-at-all-costs, the macho asshat guy(s), and the mouthy but brilliant computer geek teenager. Oooh, and the new requisite characters: the lesbian couple. Apparently every good book has to hav
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 just OK Stars

This felt just like a standard zombie apocalypse story. I wanted a bit more originality and more character development. These people just felt like caricatures of typical army guy, one black lesbian, one doctor, one hispanic, one older lady, one chunky lady with a was like a checklist.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Bonnie Dee

Publishing Date: September 2014 (2010)

ISBN: 9781452447261

Genre: Fantasy/SciFi

Rating: 2.6/5

Publisher Description: Zombies are on the loose and the world comes unraveled. A group of strangers on a Manhattan subway are brought together in the name of survival following the lead of Ari Brenner, a young man who represents authority because of his army uniform. Even though Ari doesn’t feel worthy of their trust, he steps up during the crisi
Shana Festa
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
These aren't your Romero-esque slow zombies that couldn't pick their noses if you shoved their finger up it. These bad boys can open doors and grab things. Check out my full review here.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Must re-read for review. Really enjoyed this one.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bonnie Dee is a new Author to me. After the end was an excellent read with lots of action yo keep you turning each page. I really dont know how i feel about the ending but I can live with it.

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Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
After seeing a lot of less than positive reviews of this book, I approached it with a feeling of inner doom...but I actually enjoyed it which I was pleased about!

The book begins with a zombie attack on a subway train which leaves a group of people running for their lives, following a young soldier as he leads them through the sewers and back up to a city that has literally gone to hell. There are a mixture of people in the group and I liked them overall. Ari, the young soldier who feels the weig
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie fans, Horror fans
Recommended to Frances by: Bonnie Dee
Shelves: owned, zbooks
Wow. I really wasn't expecting a lot when I requested to review this book. I had never heard of the author and it was listed as a zombie romance type, (romance during the apocalypse not zombies in love - there would be a book: "oh I love you so much because you are so smart. Just let me have one taste of your brains. I promise I'll still love you in the morning and I will stop if you say to." Haha). So I was really surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. Yes the editing could have been bette ...more
Jill Myles
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I decided to pick up a zombie apocalypse romance because I really needed a huge departure from the last book I read which was just plain awful and zombies munching on people will definitely wipe that memory away!

I have read quite a few dystopians/apocalyptic zombie set books and I have to say I really am glad I picked this book up because it was def one of the best. I really like the focus on the characters instead of the outside mayhem of zombies on the rampage. Although there was plenty of th
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Reviews of a Fear Street Zombie

Apocalypse!!! Zombies!!! Yaaaaaay!!

I hate leaving negative feedback but this book was so disappointing.
You would think with it being about zombies and the apocalypse, it would make you want to read it all in one setting and just devour it.

Wrong. So wrong.

Forget NyQuil or any other sleep medication, just read this book. It's a snooze-fest.
Go ahead and read this book in bed, you'll be out like a light in probably 10 minutes or less.
My only question is HOW can a acti
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good! I love zombie books best when they're on the move and trying to survive vs being holed up somewhere. Ari & Lila were awesome leads and the side characters were great too. Even this is a series the next book is about a different group of survivors. There were some things that weren't closed down all of the way, which annoyed me some. I think zombie lovers would enjoy this book. And it just hit the spot for me since there's no Walking Dead until February :(
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
After the End is a zombie novel.

Ari and Lila are on a subway when the apocalypse begins. They and a small group of people escape, looking to Ari to be their leader.

Lots of violence, multiple times where the author resorts to convenient plot devices and too many miraculous escapes, but this is three hours of interesting reading.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good zombie book. The zombies are not your typical zombies - they seem slightly faster and are able to manipulate objects better. They open car doors, for example.

Zombie books almost are always about the people and I found the characters interesting but still a bit under-developed.

All in all, a good read and a good zombie tale. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
Rachel the Book Harlot
Well, this seems interesting. I had no idea Bonnie Dee wrote Sci Fi.
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Nov 01, 2012 marked it as to-read
Recommended to ♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee) by: Heller
ZOMBIIIIEEEEESSSSS!! RaWR!! I need to eat braaaaaains!
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: I requested and received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

It’s actually kind of funny that I found this book on NetGalley because 3-4 years ago I read an excerpt from the original version. The voice of the author was so unique that even though I didn’t have money to buy it at the time, it’s been on my list for a while. So when I saw a chance to read the whole book (a new revised edition, mind you), I leaped at the chance.

First off, Bonnie Dee’s z
Katherine Paschal
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
Ari just returned home on leave after completing basic training in the military when his ride on the subway was cut short. Lila is on that same subway ride after a day of college classes, when everything went to hell. Ari ends up leading a small group of people, including Lila, during what seems to be a zombie outbreak and the end of the world as we know it. It is uncertain who will survive.
I love myself a good zombie/end of the world story, and for the most part, that is what I got. Zombies plu
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Review thanks to a free digital ARC from NetGalley)

Ari and Lila are on a subway in New York City going their separate ways, following different paths of life. Suddenly, the subway makes an abrupt stop and nobody knows what is going on. Then, they hear people screaming and soon see people scrambling to run for safety. Before long, they realize that humans have become zombies and are searching for their next meal. Ari and Lila's intertwine, among with other survivors of the subway, and together,
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
In After the End we follow a group of people who are trying to survive in a world that is suddenly filled with zombies. The focus is mainly on Ari Brenner and Lila Teske and their budding relationship as they fight for their lives when the world is now run over by zombies.

After the End is not the most original story out there. A group of people are thrown together by fate and have to stick together to survive. Some of them die, some of them survive. Pretty standard stuff. However, the focus is n
Kate Mary
I read this book a few years ago, but a newly revised and edited version has recently been released. Even the original version was good, though.

It starts with the outbreak and a group of strangers banding together in the middle of New York. Any time a diverse group of people get together like this, you know it’s going to be good. With the setting and the confusion, and the group struggling to work together while the world falls down around them, the beginning of the book had a vibe that reminded
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My main reaction to this was just "eh." It was a quick read and some parts of it were a unique twist on the zombie genre. However, the book was just unrealistic (yes, even zombie novels can be unrealistic), as several things happened that were unbelievable such as (view spoiler).

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After the End is a zombie apocalypse novel. It begins while our two lead characters, Ari and Lila are riding the subway in NYC. Abruptly, the train is stopped and the screaming begins. They don't know each other and they don't know what's going on, but they know they need to get away from the screaming that's drawing nearer. After narrowly escaping the tunnels, they arrive topside to find that the world around them is complete chaos. So begins the journey of survival.

I enjoyed After the End. It
Connor Drigotas
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The setup is the main group of characters are on the subway when the train stops suddenly. As they exit they are attacked by zombies. The small group from the train car run for their lives, and that is the start of this book. The main hero is Ari, a soldier of 3 months, home after basic training before specialized training. The heroine is Lila, a college student.

With zombies attacking the world, you would think this book is action and excitement every minute, but honestly I struggled to get thr
That Girl KL.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
2.5 un-freaking-believable stars


Yeah. This wasn't all that great. But it wasn't all that bad either.
It was however so totally basic - typical survivor story during a zombie apocalypse.


The one major thing - apart from the whole book - that really really irked me. (view spoiler)


In saying all that..
I am curious to know what happens in Book #2.. haha
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
Quick read. Perhaps 'cause I could not put it down! Book combines zombies and romance! Romance is my all time favorite and zombies are my current favorite, so this had it all. Although I could've used even more romance ;) So, I'm still searching for the perfect book that combines the two, this one was near though. I wish it was possible to give half stars, 'cause I would've given this 4,5*. The characters were very likable and although the situation was what it was, there wasn't too much sadne ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*Copy received via NetGalley in exchange for review*

I really enjoyed this book until I realized that I was already 95% done with it and would receive no real resolution. I really thought this would be the beginning story to a series, but saw that the follow up book is about a whole other group of characters... why? I liked the mix of characters in the story. I didn't find it unrealistic for Ari and Lila to be attracted to each other. It's human nature to find attraction even if you're going thro
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