A virus decimates all but 0.1% of the world’s population and with such a small percentage of humans still attempting to survive the line between what a person will and will not do to survive is drawn. Rhiannon is…or should I say was a woman well-known to many, but in this new world she is a prize to be captured and used to breed the spawn of “the Boss” Will or Tex as some call him is a the type of man you want in this type of world…hell in any world. He’s a good guy who does his best to what is right. In his travels he comes across a young girl eating a Snickers bar. She is unwilling or unable to take, so she dubs her Snickers and takes her under his wing, in time this duo come across Rhiannon, who joins them for a while. Later, for reasons that seem make sense to her, Rhiannon leaves Will and Snickers and that’s when the trouble really begins. (Oh and there are undead in this, but they don’t pay a large role other than as a sort of tracker for the Boss’s cronies to find more of the living)
After the Virus i s an interesting tale of good vs evil and just how far man will go to ensure the survival of their species and let me tell you there are some images you do not want the world to be created in. There are a few zombie/post-apocalyptic books that have added a touch of romance, but our author, Meghan Ciana Doidge, has optioned to have the romance be a fairly large part of the story, which was refreshing for a change. It was not overly mushy, so guys…don’t worry. I loved the 3 main characters, but Snickers was my favorite. She was a smart cookie even if she didn’t speak. Oh and B.B. I love her…she’s the dog and she is awesome! There were many other characters, all with nicknames and there were a few times where I got a bit confused as to who was who, but overall it was not distracting. I had a bit of a hard time with the Boss and who he ended up being, but that is a matter of my personal preference of believablity.
There are undead in After the Virus. However, while they are a threat and our protagonists still have to be careful they are not a major part of the story except to act as trackers for the living.
Overall, After the Virus is a great story about people living, loving and trying to rebuild their lives in a world that has crumbled with the scourge of the earth nipping at their heels to get what they have or who they have with them.
You can learn more about Meghan Ciana Doidge by checking out her blog MadebyMeghan or by following her tweets at: mcdoidge After the Virus is available at Amazon, just click the cover image and it is also available at the iBooks store.
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