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In the zombie apocalypse, your worst enemy may be yourself.

Rose Winter has enough problems. With a marriage going down the tubes and a dreaded anniversary party on the horizon, the last thing she needs is the zombie apocalypse. She wanted to get drunk and sing karaoke, not murder her undead neighbors. It’s clear the party’s over, however, now Rose has more problems - a missing husband, an overbearing houseguest, and keeping her family alive. 

Tom Jensen has inflexible rules. Rule number one? Don’t deviate from the plan. But when his life is overturned in the space of minutes, his plans die along with everything else. The world is finished, the future is uncertain, and survival means living in the last place he’d planned to be. Maybe his rules weren’t meant to be broken, but if he can’t change his tune, he risks losing the one thing he has left - his daughter. 

Craig Matthews has a mission: get to Oregon. Doable, maybe, if he could bring himself to leave his apartment. With his food and water near gone and death closer than ever, a chance encounter may lead to finding his friends - if he can first find his courage. 

Unfortunately, the new world doesn’t always mean leaving old problems behind, and as the West Coast succumbs to the virus, the survivors face more than the undead - they face themselves. But in an existence where fences offer dubious safety and zombies certain danger, people may save you in more ways than one.

©2020 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Great story

Sarah Lyons Fleming is a fantastic storyteller and this book is of the same high calibre as her previous books in this series. I loved reading World Departed and the audible book has lived up to my high expectations. I'm just sorry I've finished it... 😀

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Okay listen

This book was okay, I love zombie books, it's my fave genre. Good characters are so important and this book has them. But there is way too much lovey dovey stuff. Whole chapters of characters pining after each other. Also it felt a little bit like the author set out a beginning, middle and ending on paper and then didnt let creativeness take over at all, it's very predictable. I wont be getting the next book in the series because although I love the characters I know exactly what will happen in it!

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Another Winner

Sarah Lyons Fleming has gripped us once again in this new series. She has such a brilliant mind and a way with words that has me hooked from the start. Well defined characters, great storyline with just the right amount of humour.

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overall worth a listen

The story itself is typical zombie. But the stories around the characters is more interesting you do have the killing zombies moments but unlike others I've listened to it's not all graphic violence over and over. The performance is good so over all good story.

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Brilliant, captivating story

I loved this book and cant wait for the next installment. I have listened to so many post apocalyptic/zombie/emp books that I was started to getting bored with the genre but this story is different, with more emphasis on family & friendship though not in a soppy way. The characters are all different and by the end of the book you feel you know them all and who you are rooting for. The narration is excellent and as their is more than one it mixes and breaks up the story well. Also excellent value for money due to the length of the audio

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Outstanding

I loved this book, can’t wait until the next instalment. This was a refreshing take on the genre

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More about relationships than zombies but I really enjoyed listening to this story. I urge you to try it.

This was a really enjoyable listen and not the usual blood and guts take. It focuses on the human relationships during the apocalypse rather than zombies tearing guts out and the characters are well written and plausible, well worth a listen and I am looking forward to the next book to find out what happens to the characters.

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  • Jo
  • 25-09-20

Finally!

Omg, I feel like I’ve waited forever for this book! It did feel strange going back to the start of the apocalypse but I was soon drawn right back in. More excellent characters and exciting writing from Miss Flemming...please just hurry and get the next one done!!

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Brilliant

Yet another brilliant book from Sarah Lyons Fleming, I cannot wait for the next one!!

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zombie not zombie

what on earth made the author choose a zombie genre? If you forget about the zombies,the story is great the characters well written you feel as if you're getting to know them. I love all things zombie,the zombies felt like a by product and not at all part of the flesh of this book. The writer can write of that there is no doubt,but why oh why Zombies? it just felt alien to her story telling? The relationship with drugs and how that affects the whole family was a story on its own. p.s. I would still like to know what happens next

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 17-09-20

✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

I knew when I started this that was I going to be sad when it was over and I have to wait for the next book but I love the world this author has created and there was no way I could wait. This series feels very different for me from the other two. I was very surprised with how little excitement & death this book had and that makes me think the next book is going to be a blood bath lol. I liked getting to know the characters and definitely had a few that it took me while to like but I came around for most of them (there are a few I won't be sad when they are gone LOL). I liked that no one in this series is perfect, no one is a hero from the beginning and they all had/have a lot of growing to do to survive this new world. Now I will whine for a year until this next book comes out ;) The narration was good, no one stood out more than the others for me, they all came together well.

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  • Open-Minded Reader
  • 19-09-20

It was okay.

I have read all of Fleming's books set in this world. I've enjoyed the previous two series. That being said, this book was . . . just okay. First, what bothered me throughout the book was the seeming need to overexplain things dealing gender identify, etc. She did an information dump in one section. As we marched on through the characters, I felt like the author had a checklist to cover every single known group, and I began checking it off in my head when I realized what was happening. It seemed like there was secondary agenda to represent a bunch of underrepresented groups. This a noble endeavor that can be pulled off - when all of the characters aren't dumped into one novel in what feels like a "let's put everyone into these pages and be sure to put in into the story somehow" plan. In this day and age, I don't think many people care one way or another about character gender/orientation, but I found that the way author placed the characters and brought up these topics pulled focus from the novel because it was so obvious. It was ridiculous, and would be laughable if I didn't know she was serious. Second, the characters were unrelatable to the point of being unrealistic. The constant whining of a few of them made me wish for their demise. Most adults know what negative self-speak is; however, it was poured on too thick. I also found some of the characters to be shells and clichés, rather than actual characters developed for supporting roles. Third, the main character is . . . bland - not quite the right word, but I can't put my finger on it. She is also annoying in an unlikable way. I don't think she is very well-written and, despite her situation, I didn't feel very sympathetic. She was also a character on the author's checklist. Fourth, the book was very, very predictable. I don't know if it's because I am familiar with the author's writing or not, but the plot and path were apparent very early on in the story. Finally, the narrators. Part of the character issues may be the way they were read. Still, whether you like/dislike a narrator, or a book, is subjective. Overall, I found this book disappointing (especially when measured next to the first books of the other series) because I expect more from this author. As a standalone, it is also just okay. I will still buy the other books because I think (hope) they'll get better.

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  • Meghan
  • 24-09-20

Might be my favorite book in all the series

This may just be my favorite book in all her series. I was worried that it would be too much like the others and bore me but it was great. I stayed up way too late listening and finished the whole thing in 2 days. Now I want the next one. It reminds me of the first season of the walking dead and not just because of the zombies. I don’t mean the plot line is the same though. It is just the feeling of family. The people you loved before the apocalypse and the new people who become family. Sarah does a great job making her characters real. None are perfect most have a weird quirk or two. She allows us to laugh one minute and the next chapter worry about our favorite character. I would recommend this book to zombie lovers or someone who likes a good story about how loving complicated and hurtful family can be. All 4 of the narrators were great and I would love listening to them again. I am going to try and figure out which one was Rose’s because she may be my favorite (also one of my favorite characters so that may make me bias). Having the different narrators also helped with keeping people straight. If you liked this one and have not read the other two series set in this world I highly recommended you pick them up while waiting for the next one of these.

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  • Ginger
  • 18-09-20

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I wondered when I saw this book was available, was it going to be as good as the first two series, how much can you write about zombies and not be repetitious. Well it was different, can’t say better, but new perspective, new characters, if I’m not mistaken where it all began. This the first book in the series was rather mild not a lot of action, more getting to know characters, a rather harrowing journey but no major battles, but I’m sure they are in store, have to wait looking forward for next in the series. Awesome narration by Roger, Teri, Christian & Mia.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-20

I love Sarah Lyons Fleming (and the narrators did a great job!)

SLF is one of my two favorite authors ever. The books are well written, interesting, exciting, and you feel like you really get to know the characters. I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Brianna
  • 24-09-20

THIS IS MY FAVORITE ONE!

I've read all 3 of these series. Each of them stuck with me and I couldn't get enough. This author has a way with character development that cause a love to form for them. This latest book blows them away, once again so impressed! These books are added to my favorite series. Along with the Outlander series, Discovery of witches and now all of these. ♡

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  • MMillerHeeder
  • 18-09-20

fight to survive

I cannot say enough about how much I loved this book. I read it first then listened as soon as audible came out. Great characters and the narration was perfect. Some very edge of your seat action and excitement here. I completely identified with Rose and cannot wait to hear the next book. Sarah Lyons Fleming rocks, such a great writer.

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  • Jacky
  • 25-09-20

Now that's is what I call a book

oh I love the story of course and the narrator. please do not miss out on this story it's freaking awesome get me to the edge of my seat and made me feel like I was really there love it

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  • kathi parker
  • 17-09-20

awsome!!!

slower paced book but so worth the listen! Sarah Lyons Fleming knocked it out of the park yet again...

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  • BigDaddy
  • 06-11-20

Didn't like this one

The book started off good but then turned into a drama about marriage. Then the Craig chapters started. The most boring narrator and character I have encountered. If you are interested in zombie light with a heavy dose of boredom you will love this book. Me? Not so much.

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