Title: Notes from the End of the World
Author: Donna Burgess
Date Read: 1st February, 2015
I received this book from the author, for I won a Goodreads giveaway.
I enjoyed this book, I thought that it was an quick fun read that you should pick up if you don’t want to read something too serious. I liked this book, don’t look at the stars because this was a really hard to rate by stars, I liked the uniqueness of it and how the author decided to tackle a different way of writing about a zombie apocalypse.
This book is about a girl named Cindy and how she is dealing with her whole life falling apart due to the zombie apocalypse. Cindy must deal with how her life will forever be changed and how her relationships between her and her family have changed and especially the relationship between her and her sister’s boyfriend.
This book wasn’t what I thought this was going to be about at all. I expected it to be like bullets and bullets being fired, running for your lives, guts everywhere and a whole lot of swearing at the zombies. But it really wasn’t. This books takes a look at how the zombie apocalypse slowly changes the way society functions even through their best efforts to not let it.
I didn’t like Cindy at all. She seemed just like you’re ordinary high schooler and I don’t know why that bugged me so much but she just seemed so stereotypical that their really wasn’t anything left of her. Everything she opened her mouth, I just wanted her to shut it. She seemed to jump from like a 40-year-old mind set to a 14-year old. It was really strange. One page she would be getting all emotional and wondering about the meaning of life and the next she was spending all her time thinking about having sex with Nick.
Nick was an alright character, you know. He was interesting and I wanted to know more about him but I felt we didn’t really get to connect to him as a character for long enough. I wanted some longer Nick chapters.
DO NOT get me started on the sister. She was so stupid I can’t even remember her name. Jesus Christ, I was ecstatic when she died. Couldn’t take another word from her.
I liked the storyline. I liked how we got to see it progress and how we could see each step of the apocalypse and how each step made people more dire and dire. I like seeing that, is that weird? Probably. It was really interesting how people reacted to the zombie apocalypse and how realistic it probably is to how people would react. I liked how the story started with the lead-up to the zombies, I didn’t think the first bit was needed I just think that it contained a lot of spoilers which made the anticipation of the last few pages fizzle.
I really did like seeing this side of the zombie apocalypse, I cannot express that enough. I just have never thought of it like that and I like when books make me think of things I never did before. I just really loved that.
I really liked all the Pop-Culture reference’s and I liked how Cindy thought about what the celebrities were doing in the apocalypse. Just so me.
I really wish that the pictures weren’t blurry. because everyone knows that I love a book with pictures and I was really looking forward to looking at them but it hurt my eyes because I was straining to reading it. I could read a few words and kind of filled in the blanks.
Few typo’s. Nothing that can’t easily be fixed but I am just one of those annoying people that pick up on that stuff.
Just randomly, everyone time someone died in this book, I was like “Oh shit. Now you have to kill them before they turn” and then I was like “Oh shit. Hurry. Wait… Why aren’t they turning?” Then I realised that unlike Walking Dead not everyone who dies becomes a zombie. So that amused me for a while thinking about how stupid I am.
All in all. Good book, great storyline, excellent view on the apocalypse, average characters but for a book like this they aren’t really needed.