I like the concept of this story. A virus kills most of the people on earth and DOESN'T turn them into zombies. The people who survive develop special powers, such as the ability to heal faster, the ability to read minds, the ability to communicate with animals, etc.
Now, for the actual book. People get sick and die, but it seems like humanity goes quietly into that good night because there's very little panic, few incidents of "bad" behavior, and no dead bodies laying everywhere around.
The survivors seem to have it pretty good. They always have a place to stay. They always have plenty of food and water. There are hardly any incidents of violence where guns have to be used. It's a very clean apocalypse.
And all the people are beautiful. Dani, coming from the west coast and Zoe, coming from the east coast, are gorgeous and beautiful and tiny and petite and have hair down to their waists, which would be very inconvenient in the apocalypse. They meet up with other survivors to head to Colorado Springs where, supposedly, there is a colony of survivors.
Dani, who had been dying on the previous page, is rescued by Jason (Zoe's brother) and his army unit. He, of course, is absolutely gorgeous and Dani always had a crush on him. They had off to Colorado. Along the way, most members of their group develop special talents. Dani can talk to animals. Cool, huh. They also run into "Crazies". I guess these people didn't get a special talent and went crazy instead. Who knows?
Zoe, who also had been dying on the previous page, is rescued by a former boyfriend and they head to Colorado. Her special power is to read peoples' minds and memories. Zoe is rescued by another army unit and they stop at Fort Knox for the winter and meet a guy named Jack, who is, incredibly gorgeous. Of course he is.
There are so many descriptions of men's bodies, their abs, buttocks, arms, other interesting areas, etc. that it gets ridiculous. Ok, so I guess the virus only spared gorgeous men and beautiful women, too, along with making them psychic.
There's a bunch of jealousy stuff and injuries, which just slow both groups down from getting to Colorado. It takes forever for Dani and Jason to hook-up, even though they comes close about a hundred times. Zoe and Jack almost do it at the end of the book, but are interrupted by someone screaming.
I must say these men have incredibly self-control. They turn down these gorgeous women over and over again. Is that their special power? Stupid.
One funny thing: Dani mentions she's going to call Zoe and Jason tells her the phones don't work. So she just happily says, "I'll email her" because somehow WiFi is still working and continues to do so through much of the book.
The two groups meet up near the end of the book (with help from their psychic connection). It would have to be pretty awkward with everyone reading minds and Zoe able to see Dani sleeping with her brother (yuck).
Both groups also seem to get drunk a lot and there's never any mention of anyone keeping watch. Of course, each group has a wonderful dog that alerts them to danger, so why bother staying sober or posting a sentry? There are also people who gained bad powers and they have to be wary of them. Really, they do. They are very bad.
So, the premise for the book--good. The content of the book--completely unrealistic, filled with dumb characters doing stupid things, lots of sexual tension, but not much sex, so it's basically a soap opera in the apocalypse. Someone gets pregnant, too and the baby grows at an unnatural speed. I might have to read the next book just to see if the baby claws its way out of its mother and what its special power turns out to be. I know it will be one really beautiful baby.
I decided to read this book based on the recommendation of another post apocalyptic author, Sarah Lyons Fleming. I loved her three part series, Until the End of the World. At the end, she thanks Lindsey Fairleigh, and recommends you read her books. I started with this collaboration with Lindsey Pogue, because it was also post apocalyptic, as well as free.
21% and 78 pages in, I just can't stand it anymore. Like some of the other reviewers, I had lots of problems with the writing style and the character development, or lack thereof. I might be tossing in some spoilers after this.
Dani and Zoe , the two main characters, are just not likeable. They spend their time, after most everyone else has turned crazy or died from the flu, having completely inappropriate horndog feelings, or being semi attacked by other horndogs. Or having to witness other horndogs going at each other. The synopsis said that some survivors would have special powers, but horndoggedness is not a power. How stupid. I get it's the end of the world and some people might be getting down with their partners so they can feel like they're living, but the setup in the book doesn't call for it, and it in no way adds to the story. At least not in a good way.
Also, I was getting annoyed, like others, at the repetition in the emails. It could be a neat tool to deliver the story, but it wasn't used correctly. And I, like other reviewers, find it hard to believe there's WiFi and internet available everywhere, but no cell phones, electricity, or gas. Seriously? What's powering the routers providing the WiFi? Why can't you find a single car that still has gas in it after ten days, and transfer your stuff into it and drive?
Also, why does the little inexperienced college girl think of things like backpacks and supplies for foot travel, if needed, instead of any of the many military personnel she's traveling with? How is the water running if electricity and other utilities have all been out for days? Why the HECK is it taking them forever to get to the safezone, when Jason insisted at the beginning to get there ASAP?
It all seems fairly improbable, the way the story is tossed together. I was looking forward to a new, long series in my favorite genre, but this wasn't it for me. I will not be finishing the free first book, or any of the others on Kindle Unlimited.
Anyone have any other recommendations for me in the post apocalyptic genre? I've liked One Second After, Lights Out, Half Past Midnight, Jakarta Pandemic, 77 Days in September. Any awesome freebies out there?