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Review by Anniek
Cassie lives in New York. She always had a pretty safe and secure life, which ended when her parents died in a car crash. After the accident Cassie pulls herself back from the world. Wanting to be alone, she breaks up with her fiancé Adrian. The only thing that she manages to do is to get up and go to work every day. While time passes she finds herself dating Peter. Cassie knows she doesn't love him and that a break-up will be inevitable. Will Cassie get back to her old self before it's too late?
When Cassie is at work reports are coming in about a deadly virus that is spreading all over the world. She and her friends Penny, Nelly and James don't take any chances and follow the advice of the president to get inside and stay there. Cassie's parents were survivalists. They had everything prepared for the end of the world. Before they can go to Cassie's apartment they need to pick up Penny's sister first. Leaving behind the world they knew the group travels to their safe house, Cassie's cabin in the woods. The cabin is the perfect place to hide when the world is falling apart. How long will they be safe before the zombies catch up with them?
Before her parents died Cassie didn't have a care in the world. She was part of a loving family and they taught her how to take care of herself if the end of the world would ever come. Cassie is smart and is very skilled at being and staying safe. Even through her own pain Cassie still finds the strength to make sure that everybody has a fighting chance at getting to safety. I loved how compassionate she is. Cassie is a person I would really like to have around during an apocalypse of any kind.
Everybody who has been following me knows that I'm a big fan of the zombie genre. I couldn't resist Until the End of The World and I'm so glad that I picked up this book. Sarah Lyons Fleming's stuck to the basics with the zombies. They are slow and respond to noise, they want to eat the living and they are deadly when they are in large groups. I'm glad that she made this choice and didn't turn them into some sort of space monsters. I love it when a story like this one comes together. The characters are all fantastic. Everyone deals with the apocalypse in a different way. I liked how the characters slowly move from who they were to who they need to be to survive. Until the End of the World is the full package for me. It made me scared, had me laugh out loud, made me sad and the ending made me cry. Until the End of the World is a series that makes me curious and I absolutely want to read the other books as well.
If you love to read about strong and skilled characters and their journey to survive a zombie apocalypse, the Until the End of the World series is a series I would highly recommend.
About Sarah Lyons Fleming
I'm a Laura Ingalls devotee, wannabe prepper and lover of anything pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic—or anything in between.
Besides an unhealthy obsession with home-canned food and Bug Out Bag equipment, I love books, making artsy stuff and laughing my arse off.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I now live in Oregon with my family and, in my opinion, not nearly enough supplies for the zombie apocalypse.
But I'm working on it.
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m Sarah Lyons Fleming, and I write zombie books, although they’re more about the people than the zombies. I love to laugh and read and do artsy stuff. I’m also a mom, a wife, and I have a slight obsession with survival gear and prepping. I call myself a wannabe prepper, as they’re not going to ask me to be on any extreme prepping shows anytime soon, but I do have some extra food and supplies stored away.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and now live in Oregon, where I’m not certain if I’ll better or worse off during the zombie apocalypse.
2. What makes your heart beat faster?
Cake. Oh, wait, did you mean something scary?
3. Which horror monster do you fear the most?
I’d have to say evil spirits, poltergeists, things like that. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be terrified of zombies, but the boogeyman…yikes!
4. If the zombie apocalypse would happen today, what would you do?
Well, it depends on the scenario. At first, I’d sit tight, if possible. Remember how I said I have some extra food? I figure it would take a little while for the zombies to eat most everyone, then the family and I would head where it seemed safest. I’d like to meet up with other people, since I think there’s strength in numbers (as long as those numbers aren’t annoying).
If it wasn’t possible to sit tight, we’d be in our (small) RV, heading for the hills with as much as we could carry.
5. What's your favorite horror movie?
I’d have to go with a classic like Halloween. Michael Myers stands there so calmly in his creepy mask while his prey runs screaming, and then he manages to catch up. Just thinking about it freaks me out.
6. What's your worst nightmare?
Roaches. Being locked in a small space with roaches. Now I’m hoping no one reads this and decides to turn this nightmare into reality for me. And the fact that this worries me makes me think I’ve read a few too many horror books. ;)
7. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the lead characters and why?
This question has been asked of me before, and I’m so bad at answering it! I love when people give me suggestions, partly because it’s fun to hear and partly because I live under a rock and am not up on the latest actors out there.
But, I will say that Ben Barnes has been suggested for Peter, which I love! He plays a jerk so well, but when he’s not a jerk, he’s dreamy.
I think America Ferrara and Diane Guerrero would be amazing as Penny and Ana. Elizabeth Rodriguez for Maria. Mark Boone Junior as Zeke.
Still haven’t come up with anyone for Nelly or Cassie, but I’m sure they’re out there!
8. What inspired you to write horror stories?
I love post-apocalyptic anything, and I have since I was a kid. When I was inspired to write a PA book, zombies just seemed natural to the story, and I went along with it. So while I didn’t set out to write horror, it felt right!
9. What do you like the most about the horror genre?
Pretend scary is fun. I like to imagine how I would react when faced with something terrifying, but I can say for certain I would not want it to be my reality.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
Right now, I’m finishing up the second book in The City Series, which is a spin-off of the Until the End of the World series. It’ll be out in June/July. Then I’ll get to work on book three!
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