I was going to read this book at the start of the year, but somehow I never managed to. That is, until I drew this book from the TBR bowl, which was very nice since I actually was looking forward to another apocalyptic read.
The story starts with Carly being stuck in her apartment after her parents and the rest of Juneau, Alaska, died from some kind of virus attack. While she’s living her simple life of collecting food cans waiting for rescue a mysterious camper shows up opposite her street. They embark on a road trip to Florida. (Yes, from Alaska to Florida, I kid you not).
Well, it wasn’t completely what I expected because the story really focusses a lot on the developing romance between the two main characters. The apocalyptic events are all quite tame but overall it was an enjoyable read even though there were some things that bugged me.
First there was a lot of Carly thinking that Justin is far to good for her and being angsty. I could have easily done with out all that. She also gave me some Ayla-vibes from Earth Children series because every living thing is attracted to Carly, some of which are a wolf and a horse. Sounds familiar, huh? Obviously, she’s also perfect, despite her angst…
Also, what I never understand from the view of the characters is why Carly and Justin go try and find the origins of their immunity against the virus. The whole time they are only focussed on (eachother and) their survival, but near the end there this ‘we must find out where it’s coming form’ journey that they suddenly embark on.
[spoiler] At first I was just laughing at the enormous amount of talk about contraception, but after she got pregnant it just felt ironic. Not necessarily in a good way though.
The ending however I thought was really good, and I’m looking forward to find out where the story is going from here.
The End of All Things is the first book in the series with the same name, the other books are The Land of The Shadow and Shadows Have Gone. There’s also a short story collection called Tales of the End.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!