Into the After
By Melanie Edwards
Expected Publication: April 2012
Length: 406 pages
Series: Apocalypse Blog
Source: Brought from Amazon
Genre: Apocalypse fiction
Synopsis from Goodreads
“The world is broken. It’s broken and it wants to kill us. All of us. I think it might succeed.”
At Christmas, the city was attacked by an unknown force. All Faith and her friends know of it is the fallout: a tainted sky that throws down acid rain, and a Sickness that kills and warps everyone it touches.
There is no help coming. There is no food being grown or fresh clothes being made. All they have to live on is what they can scavenge, and those supplies are only getting harder to find.
It’s August now. They’ve lost friends and gained new members since the bomb went off, and it’s time to start looking for a way to sustain themselves before there are no more scraps to find.
The only lead they have is a distant radio message. Will it hold the promise of a future? Can they forge a new world from the ashes of the old one?
In 2012 I was struggling with a failing business, two children with Autism which we were trying to get help for, and failing health. I had been buying up to four books a fortnight from Book Depository but things were getting tight so I invested in a kindle, (I had recently had a kindle app for a cheap android device) one of the first things I did when I got my kindle was scour Amazon for freebies, One book I stumbled upon was Apocalypse blog 0, I loved it so much that I went and brought the rest in the series except for the last one. This series was what made me fall in love with indie books and managed to save my sanity when I could no longer afford to support my book addiction. After 2 years I finally brought the last installment and it did not disappoint.
Faith and her friends finally make it to the military base they have been searching for hoping for salvation. But it seems that it is not the salvation they were hoping for, separated from her friends Faith finds it hard to relax and follow instructions in her new situation. This reminded me a lot about the set up of the governors town in The Walking Dead, they have made a utopia and refuge from Zombies and the Acid rain but under the surface hides dark secrets which Faith and her friends are just uncovering, such as the shamblers that are kept tied up in the infirmary’s basement, how men and women are kept segregated except for at night when women are picked to entertain the men to keep the peace.
Of course Faith and her friends do not belive in being forced into having sex to keep the peace or not seeing each other, but when they stumble upon something that will really turn their stomachs they decide that they will leave and head back to the university where the rest of the seekers are staying, but will it be so easy to leave?
The romance in apocalyptic stories are always a little bit hit and miss with me, usually they hook up for comfort or because there is no one else to turn to but I loved how after Faith’s disastrous relationships throughout the series, she finally settles down with someone who is perfect for her and is willing to do what ever necessary to keep her safe. Faith and Matt is a very sweet relationship which slowly turned from friendship to love over these three books and although I have wanted faith and Matt to get together I never imagined they would.
The romance, Faith’s father, new friends action and a happy ending what more could you want.
I want more!!!!
I could not put this book down, nor any of the one’s before it, the first book is free and the last book was under $6 there is nothing to lose by giving them a try. I highly recommend them.
For an amazing story of survival, although zombies feature in this story they are not a main part which makes this series more unique than your usual zombie story.