Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, what a fantastic read! I really enjoy post-apoc stories, and I loved that this one went back and forth between the before and the after. We get to experience the world as it begins to fall apart and in the years after.

It wove together a variety of people creating an interconnecting story full of little surprises. I loved following each of these people in their befores and afters. Seeing what they were doing as the world began to collapse, what choices placed them in each place, it was all so interesting.

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Blue Fire by John Gilstrap

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was so freaking good!!! This is a post-apoc story with a strong female lead, but told through multiple views then weave together to tell a heart-racing story of desperation, danger, and survival.

I was sucked into this one from page one, and I couldn’t put it down! I did realize about halfway through that this is book 2 in a series, but honestly, I was able to read this as a standalone, however, I want to go back and read book 1 now!

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Unraveling Eleven by Jerri Chisholm

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, to be totally honest here, I picked this one up without reading the synopsis because it’s book 2 and I just KNEW I wanted to read it! So…I was surprised to find that this wasn’t going to be a book about survival above ground, but instead one of surviving below…still. So, it took me a little to get over being a bit grumpy about that 😂!

If you haven’t read the first book in this series, Escaping Eleven, you definitely need to start there! It’s an amazing story that I loved!! Book 2 jumps into the story where book 1 left off…SPOILERS… Eve and Wren are above ground, but they soon realize they can’t survive up there. They don’t know anything about the world, what to eat, how to fight animals off, what water is safe, etc. And so, they return to Eleven. Their lives return to normal a bit, there are lover’s spats, Eve punches people, and they realize they need to try to save everyone in the compound, not just themselves. But obviously that’s not as easy as it seems!

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Damage in an Undead Age by A.M. Geever

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Damage in an Undead Age book cover - broken glass in the shape of a heart with zombie hand coming through.

What I Loved:

I loved the adventure that Damage in an Undead Age took me on! I enjoyed the new characters that were introduced and the twists created by their addition to the story! What I loved the most though, was the emotional journey that I wasn’t expecting. It was beautifully woven into the zombie apocalypse and left me unable to put the book down.

My Synopsis:

Damage in an Undead Age picks up just after book 1, Love in an Undead Age. The group has escaped on a boat and is healing from their injuries. They have Jeremiah, the crazy man that is immune to zombies, safely secured as they sail to their next destination in hopes of finding help to create a vaccine.

Unfortunately, help isn’t there and they must move on. Their next stop does have a lab where they can set up to start working on the vaccine. It turns out that they are not alone though. They’ll soon discover zombies aren’t the only dangerous thing around them.

How I Felt:

Damage in an Undead Age was so much more than a post-apocalyptic zombie story! The characters each have their own internal struggles that created such an emotional roller-coaster!

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Immunity by Alexandra Killworth

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Immunity was such an emotional story with characters that drew me in completely. I found this book a bit more difficult to read than I had originally thought it would be. The topic of a virus that wipes out humanity hits quite close to home in today’s COVID-19 environment. It was, however, a very well-written book that I truly enjoyed.

The story introduces the reader to Charlie, a teenage girl who has been living on her own for three years. All alone. Three years ago a virus wiped out every other human being on the planet. Even wildlife seems to have been depleted. Charlie, the sole survivor, seems to be immune to the disease. She is ravaged by the emotional damage of watching everyone around her die, however.

She’s set up a little home in a shed and has her daily routines that keep her busy. Then, one day, Laiton appears, and it seems that the world has two survivors now, not just one. Laiton has a secret though that could shatter Charlie’s world all over again.

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Cynetic Wolf by Matt Ward

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Cynetic Wolf was such a fast-paced story! It felt like from page one, I was immersed in this world and in the middle of the story. If you are looking for something that immediately grabs your attention and doesn’t let go, this is the book!

How I Felt:

First of all, can we just talk about this fabulous cover? I love all of the elements of the story that are built into this artwork! It’s seriously a cover that I keep looking at again and again because it is filled with amazing things to see!

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