In the highly anticipated stand-alone sequel to The End of All Things, Lissa Bryan returns readers to a world devastated by disease, and the breakdown of modern society.
Two years after a horrific virus swept the globe, decimating the world’s population, Carly Daniels and her husband, Justin, have made a safe home in the isolated southern town of Colby. Protected by fences and a vigilant population, the residents there had somehow managed to keep the Infection out. Until the sight of Carly and Justin’s healthy baby girl convinced them it was safe to allow Outsiders in.
Now, in the wake of fresh losses, the small band of survivors struggles to rebuild a community. With only nineteenth-century technology to aid them, they must learn skills long forgotten to provide for their basic needs. Each day brings new challenges, and every choice they make affects their long-term survival. While Carly and Justin adjust to a growing family, and to their roles as community leaders, they must rely on one another for strength and support when they face difficult questions.
Carly has to decide how to move forward in a world where equality, justice, and freedom from tyranny are no longer guaranteed. And when new threats emerge, she has to decide what she is willing to do—and how far she’s willing to go—to protect what she has worked so hard to build.
When the end has come and gone, it’s a journey down a long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.
If you’ve read my review of the first book in this series, you’ll know how much I loved it! So, when I knew this, the second in what I believe will be a trilogy, was available on Netgalley, I grabbed it as soon as possible.
This book picks up a few months after The End of All Things, with Justin, Carly, and their baby Dagny, in Colby trying to rebuild their community. It seems to be pretty much working, despite the lack of proper food and their crops not doing so well. The first half of the book is a pleasant pace which allows us, as readers, to get to know the ins and outs of the town and how things work. Then, all of a sudden, the story ramps up.
Without giving anything away, Justin, Carly, and the rest of the town have to think about fighting for their own survival due to outside influences. There were certain parts of the story where I held my hand over my mouth because I was scared someone was going to get seriously hurt.
With the introduction of Pearl, a character I didn’t 100% trust, the dynamics of the town shift a little, and it’s for the best by the end (not really a spoiler). All of the characters are relateable and truly believable. Most of their back stories make you wonder and think what you would do in their situation.
The cliffhanger at the end made me rage! How could it be left there? I NEED to know what is happening nec#xt, but I know Bryan is working on the final book right now, so hopefully, it won’t be too long. Bryan has a way of sucking you in that you don’t realise how much you’ve read until you get to the end, and still want MORE!
I’m off now to read Tales from the End, a collection of stories that interweave with these two books.