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In the End

by Tracey Ward

Overview (from Goodreads.com):  Jordan and Alissa made it out of Portland, away from ground zero where The Fever still rages on. But they couldn’t beat the quarantine. Now barriers are being built and the remaining survivors of the outbreak are trapped.

And the undead just keep coming.

The wave of infected is building as city after city is devoured. As they head east into the mountains they will be forced to fight both the dead and the living as they search for a safe place to weather the storm.

But what they believed would be the death of them might actually save them, and in this hell on Earth they’ll uncover something even more shocking than the risen dead. Hope.

*The Quarantined Series is followed by the Survival Series, a spinoff trilogy of books chronicling life 10 years after the outbreak with a few familiar faces…

Full Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author, via Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:  I still have a huge, probably disturbing, love of zombie books.  I’ll admit that I was pretty excited to read In the End because I loved the first one so much, Until the End.

In the End is written from Jordan’s point of view, which was a nice little switch-up.  I will admit to being a huge fan of Jordan’s character and kinda wish there was a real person like him to meet.  Once you’re in his head you realize he’s bit whinier than he seemed in book one, but I’m pretty sure everyone whines more in their head.

I wasn’t as much of a fan of the plot for In the End.  It centered more on finding a “settlement” and included a lot of Alissa’s “Uncle” Sid.  I didn’t particularly like Sid because he was consistently a jerk to Jordan, simply because there was romantic involvement with Alissa.  Get over it.  She’s definitely old enough to make her own decisions on that front.  I’m also really not much of a fan of zombie books once they join an established community.  I tend to get bored without the constant dangerous action.

There were pieces to the plot that were extremely unusual and I’ve never seen them in another zombie book.  Kudos to the author for that.  I love it when an author can surprise me, especially within the zombie genre.  I desperately want to say exactly what surprised me, but my main rule with reviews is no spoilers.  I can say that it was surprising how the author dealt with zombie bites, specifically referencing “immunity” and a cure.  The set up and organization of community, within a quarantined zone, was also unique for In the End.

Overall, I am a big fan of In the End and by extension The Quarantined Series.  I’m pretty pumped to read the Survival Series now and can’t wait.  I would definitely recommend In the End, after you read Until the End first.

4 out of 5 Bookmarks = I wasn’t as in love with this one, but it was still top-notch zombie fiction.

Interested in buying this book?  Amazon

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4 Comments

  1. I almost started reading your review until I realized this is the book you suggested to me… I wanna dive in with a fresh perspective 🙂

    • Nevermind, it’s Until the End… which is all the more reason NOT to read the review, because I don’t want the sequel to spoil the first one. haha!

      • Haha. At least you realized that before you read it.

    • Can’t blame you for that. I would feel the same way. 🙂

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