After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.
She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.
Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.
But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.
This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.
The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan was an unexpected treat. I've watched a few post apocalypse movies and TV shows, but none that really grabbed me like this book did. It’s stuck with me into my dreams, and that has to mean something. Everything about this book is plausible. It could happen, which is the best, scary part.
Carley Daniels is a twenty-two year old woman left all alone in her small town of Juneau, Alaska after a virus has ravaged most of the world and left everyone for dead. The human race is nearly extinct, and by the grace of God … or some other force, a man who happened to once know Carley’s father happens to be in the area and refuses to move on to warmer climates without this little survivor.
Justin, a 34 year old ex-soldier in the military, is set on traveling to Florida, because the winters are warmer and food can be grown year round down there. When he spots Carley running out one day to forage for food, he knows he can’t leave her behind and does all he can to convince her to come with him.
The journey is incredible. Justin teaches Carley about survival and is there for her emotionally and physically. Carley is young and still shell shocked by what has happened to the world as she knew it, and Justin is honest about their predicament. Nothing will ever be the same again.
This book is about hope and moving on after your entire world has been decimated by disease. The relationship between Carley and Justin is realistic. Justin has become one of my favorite heroes of all time. His complete dedication to Carley and her troupe of animals that follow is so sweet.
Ms. Bryan will have another book in this series titled The Beginning. I believe it will pick up where The End of All Things ended which would be the rebuilding of their lives. Definitely putting The Beginning on my waiting to be read list once it’s published.
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