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Notes from the End of the World: A Zombie Novel [Kindle Edition]

Donna Burgess

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Book Description

My Name is Cindy Scott. I'm Sixteen Years Old and I'm Going to Tell You How the World Ends...


High school is supposed to be the best years of a girl’s life, but when a pandemic breaks out, turning victims into flesh-hungry cannibals, Cindy Scott realizes she’s witnessing what may be the end of the world. As the N-Virus spreads, it becomes evident that no family is safe from its wrath. Despite efforts to carry on as normal, society starts to unravel.

Once Cindy’s popular sister, Audrey, a senior, is infected, the lives of the Scott family are forever altered. Cindy’s father, an E.R. doctor, manages to acquire a black-market vaccine to slow Audrey’s deterioration, but that isn’t a cure. It’s only delaying the inevitable. Audrey slowly becomes a zombie, yet she is able to maintain awareness.

In fact, she is so aware that she fights going to The Pastures, a “living cemetery” where the living dead are taken to wander fields, safely behind the security of electric fences, where they will eventually decay away to dust peacefully.

Cindy’s life continues to crumble as everyone she knows and loves succumbs to the effects of the N-Virus. Finally, she realizes her only hope is Nick, her longtime crush and fellow survivor.

Pretty in Pink meets The Walking Dead!

  • Book One of the "Notes from the End of the World" series.
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About the Author

Donna Burgess is an author of dark fiction and poetry who enjoys surfing, playing soccer, and painting. She has a deep affection for Monty Python, horror movies, Bruce Springsteen and baseball. Over the past two decades, her fiction and poetry has appeared in genre publications like Weird Tales, Horror Express, Chizine and many others. She holds B.A.s in Journalism and English and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10867 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692300252
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E-Volve Books (23 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MSSTIU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Donna Burgess lives with her husband, daughter, son, many cats and one goofy Golden Retriever in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. When she is not writing, she can be found on her longboard, behind a good book.

Visit her on the web at:

http://www.facebook.com/horrorgirldonna
http://donnaburgess.com
http://e-volvebooks.com
and on Twitter @horrorgirldonna

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love, trauma, and zombies 9 Nov. 2014
By Patrick S. Dorazio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Notes From the End of the World follows the exploits of characters Cindy and Nick during the initial days and months of the outbreak of the N-Virus. They are two teenagers who live in a small suburban town in South Carolina facing the onslaught of the dead coming back to life. But not in the way most stories in this genre are introduced, or how they usually proceed. This is more like a slow burn, where the virus creeps into their lives much like the shamblers do in the story.
Cindy and Nick go to the same high school and Nick is dating Cindy’s older, more popular (and stuck up) sister. The story is told in first person, predominantly from Cindy’s perspective, although Nick’s experiences is also shared in various chapters, giving insight into how his world is crumbling alongside Cindy’s. Even Cindy’s older sister shares the spotlight with a few select blog posts scattered throughout the book.
With most zombie apocalypse stories you can categorize them as either initial outbreak tales or sagas of long term survival in the months and years that follow. Some encapsulate both, but generally speaking, those that speak of the initial outbreak are sudden, abrupt, and show the world falling apart within days, if not hours. Not so with Notes From the End of the World. The N-Virus impacts the lives of everyone slowly, over many months, with the world not slipping into darkness overnight, but by dribs and drabs. And as is often the case, we see most people in denial, going about their daily lives even as select members of the population begin wandering the streets, ravenous for flesh. The police routinely deal with these shamblers, and funeral homes have gotten into the new business of setting up facilities where a loved one who has turned can be kept behind fences to be viewed by the living who can’t quite come to grips with reality. Cindy continues to go to school, even as the occasional zombie wanders the campus and less and less of the student body show up every day.
This is a YA zombie story, with Cindy’s unrequited love for Nick taking center stage along with the other heartaches that come from the steady loss of life around her. Initially, she is a volunteer at the local hospital, where the dread that comes with the undead being more prominent. Her father is a doctor who works at the hospital but does his best to shelter his family from the impending reality that the world is slowly, inch by inch, coming to an end.
Though Cindy is in some ways a petulant teenager, her character seems genuine here, in turns accepting the terrible fate that awaits her and everyone she cares about and at other times caught up in the jealousy surrounding Nick’s relationship with her sister and her love for him. At one point in the tale, Cindy is in a class at school when a discussion occurs between the teacher and the few remaining students asking why people are in such denial about the N-Virus and its impact and it is suggested that everyone is going through various stages of coping with grief that typically come from dealing with a long term ailment. But when soldiers indiscriminately start shooting both shamblers and the living who cross their path, it becomes clear to all that nothing will ever be the same again.
While this is a YA tale that focuses on Cindy’s affection for Nick and the difficult relationship she has with her sister, it brings an interesting variation to the telling of the traditional zombie tale that a wider audience should appreciate with the slow, shambling despair that comes with the inevitability of a plague of this magnitude. There is no immediate and harsh dose of reality that comes with an overnight transition from a normal world to the end of times. Instead, like a cancer spreading inch by dreadful inch, there is at various times denial, anger, and depression, with acceptance coming, as it usually does, far too late for most.
While there are some typos and some other grammatical errors here, they don’t distract from the overall enjoyment of this tale. A zombie fan who doesn’t like YA fiction might not be interested with this one, but others should find the author’s take on the advent of the zombie apocalypse rather novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book. To me it's a total twist on ... 23 Oct. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very good book. To me it's a total twist on Zombies. It really makes you stop and think. (wow what would i do if this happened) At first i was a bit confused but quickly recovered from it. I would recommend for readers 15 and up. There was a few spelling - editing errors but was very easy to look over. I cant wait to see if there's going to be a book 2. (there could be ) LOL. I can't wait to read more from Donna !!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read 11 Feb. 2015
By Miranda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a very enjoyable quick read. It was nice to have a zombie novel start at the beginning an not just drop you in the middle. The characters were real and believable, you felt their hardship for this horrible new world and how they each took it. And basically the five stages of denial ran throughout each of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Nov. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book!
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