Review: After The End by Bonnie Dee

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Publisher: Bonnie Dee

Publishing Date: September 2014 (2010)

ISBN: 9781452447261 

Genre: Fantasy/SciFi

Rating: 2.6/5

 Publisher Description: Zombies are on the loose and the world comes unraveled. A group of strangers on a Manhattan subway are brought together in the name of survival following the lead of Ari Brenner, a young man who represents authority because of his army uniform. Even though Ari doesn’t feel worthy of their trust, he steps up during the crisis as he’s been trained to do. 

Review: Cover art is trippin’ balls.

This was a pretty solid read. The writing was really well done yet the editing for spelling and grammatical, not so good. This was written by an author known for her romance novels aka: frustrated housewife syndrome. The plot involves a kind of “Escape From New York” themed process where a group of people are trying to survive and escape the city island that is covered in zombies. 

One reviewer commented that the characters were comprised of the usual zombie fare of : reluctant hero, love interest/care girl, geek, feisty old woman, Dr. Dude, macho guy and lesbian couple. Pretty spot on with quite a few post-apoc genre novels. Ari and Lila spend a lot of time thinking about doing each other. I don’t know if I would be thinking about banging chicks/dudes if zombies were eating faces around me and every second was spent in the adrenal glands. One of the biggest suspensions of belief came in the form of Quantum lab tech dude, Carl, who happens to have been working on the virus serum (which caused the zombie outbreak). The quest soon becomes one of escape and delivering the data on a hard drive. 

During what was a good story, there were a plethora of scenes where either Lila’s stomach/loins are doing little flips or she is blushing when she checks out Ari. Ari gets a chubby whenever he’s around her and likewise has somersaulting acrobats in his belly. I get that the author is primarily a romance writer, yet romance at the level presented has no place in post-apoc zombie novels.  Maybe a little groping with some quick sex to feel as though they are alive and human but not this drawn out little gurl crushing/boy fumbling. I still had a good time reading this yet it lost a star for the inappropriate mush content and a lack of resolution to the ending.

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