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Who knew the zombie apocalypse would be caused by something we all know is deadly...but that is also all around us? Two stories intersect as the world delves into chaos - Earl, a drugged out heroin addict constantly in search of his next fix, and a family struggling with the dramas of everyday life, get no reprieve during this zombie outbreak. Can any of them survive the dWho knew the zombie apocalypse would be caused by something we all know is deadly...but that is also all around us? Two stories intersect as the world delves into chaos - Earl, a drugged out heroin addict constantly in search of his next fix, and a family struggling with the dramas of everyday life, get no reprieve during this zombie outbreak. Can any of them survive the deadliest game of all - survival against undead, each other, and the world around them?...

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Everyone Dies at the End Reviews

  • Purvi Petal
    2019-04-23 17:47

    It's literally a man eat man world out there and seems like the whole world is doing drugs, one way or the other! I am not a sucker for zombie stories, in fact, quite averse to them. Throw into the skillet my allergic distaste for mushrooms. And yet, oh my lord! What an apocalypse it was, making me sit up and read it all, in one go while it scared me almost into thinking, 'what if..' . Welcome to the world of Everyone Dies at the End. We are not really even some centuries far away from the tiptoeing in the fucking reality of an apocalypse arriving in anytime soon, for this reason, or that. But in any case, this terrifying story should serve as a good lesson to any drug junkies or those who presume it hardly matters giving drugs a try once! I shuddered at the consequences of one man's greedy impulsive decision and was toying in my head about rating it as adult content with trigger warning but soon I realized, this could be the perfect story into making drugged dreamers see, what their demands could do! The end was very satisfying and while a teeny weeny bit of me expected some twist, this surely wasn't it! A fantastic read, vaguely reminded me of 'The Ring'in a certain way the infection spread, I rate it with 4.5 stars and congratulate the author on penning this evenly paced, engaging novel that left me a little more courageous about zombie and gore stuff :P (though after the gory, gruesome stuff and the repulsive cover, I need something light and sweet to read, haha!And thank you Riley Westbrook for sending me a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. :)

  • Courtney Wells
    2019-04-12 17:00

    * I received this copy in exchange for an honest review *I'm a sucker for good zombie stories - especially ones that cut to the chase while reveling in the gory details. Characters always make or break these stories and I felt the ones here were rather nuanced for a novella and gave the reader people to invest in, root for and fret after. Given the story's short length and title, I'm hesitant to say too much for fear of giving away any twists or charm but feel like it's a worthwhile read for those who enjoy bingeing on zombies or those looking for just a quick taste of the genre.

  • Laura W
    2019-04-17 16:46

    Thank you to one of the authors, Riley Westbrook, for gifting me with a copy of Everyone Dies At The End in exchange for an honest review!1.  The plot.  I really loved the plot line of this book.  Because it's such a short length (87 pages), you'd think the plot line would be more difficult to develop.  While there were some missed opportunities for explanations and elaborations on the infection, I think that in general, this is quite a nice (if horror can be nice) little story!  It kept me interested until the last page.2.  The characters.  Again, because of the short length, there wasn't as much character development as a full length novel but that's neither here nor there.  For the page length, I think the author did a wonderful job making sure the relevant parts of each character were brought to light.3.  The ending.  The one thing that I really didn't enjoy was the ending.  Without saying too much, it felt like a cop-out ending.  I was really looking forward to a creepy ending where maybe everyone actually did die in the end but it was taken in the 'wake up from a dream' direction.  It was fine, but I think there definitely are better options out there.4.  The writing and the atmosphere.  I really liked how the author wrote to create such a creepy atmosphere.  It's really crucial in horror (or scary in general) to have a creepy atmosphere so the reader really gets sucked in and I think the author accomplished that.The Final Verdict:A wonderfully creepy horror novella with nicely imagined and executed characters and plot.  I do wish the ending was handled differently, however.4 stars

  • Meigan
    2019-04-14 15:55

    In Everyone Dies at the End, author Riley Westbrook brings something a little different to the table concerning zombies.In this novella, Westbrook introduces a myriad of characters from all walks of life, many different backgrounds, some that seem "good" and some of the more ... unsavory variety, all in the fight for the same thing -- survival. With a zombie outbreak in full effect, each survivor has to rely on one another for safety and it was really quite interesting seeing people who wouldn't otherwise associate, work together towards the common goal.The means of the zombie apocalypse in this novella was really quite creative, which was one of highlights of this story. Not only did the author bring a little uniqueness with his method for creating zombies, it was also quite humorous. Not in a laugh-out-loud funny way, as this isn't that kind of story, but there is some quiet, subtle humor to be found within these pages. And as with any story concerning zombies, there's also gore. Gore is really a prerequisite when creating a zombie tale (they do eat brains, after all), and Westbrook managed to balance that out quite nicely. The gore and ick factor wasn't overdone, nothing over the top, just the right amount of grossness :)Bottom line -- super quick zombie read that brought some creativity to the genre. Recommended for zombie fans who are looking for something a little different, a little fun, and certainly a little icky.**Many thanks to the author and the Lovers of Paranormal group for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Charles Hash
    2019-03-27 15:56

    There's a fungus among us. Only this one is worse than athlete's foot, ringworm, diaper rash, dandruff, sinusitis, and a yeast infection combined. It would be nice if this fungus just killed you, or even better, caused vivid hallucinations, but no, there are fates worse than death, and who knows what madness lurks in the remains of the minds of those consumed by the deadly, unceasing, onslaught of mushrooms.*Warning: Contains mushrooms. Consult a physician before consuming if you have a mushroom allergy.***I was given a copy of this book for free along with a request for a review.**

  • Tori (InToriLex)
    2019-04-23 13:55

    Find this and other Reviews at InToriLex Actual Rating 1.5This was a disappointing read, because I simply didn't care about any of the characters in the story.  There was a good amount of action and gore, but it didn't amount to much because there were no likeable characters. Earl makes decisions that don't make alot of sense in the long run, and the family described were never developed enough to make me care about their lives. While the plot is fast paced it all seemed very random and a way for the author to get from one Zombie scene to the next.There were times when I thought that we would find out more about the characters. But the hints of a surprising past with Sara one of the main characters described was quickly glossed over. The family itself seemed way too calm to be trying to survive a zombie outbreak. There was no sense of urgency because through solar power and a well stocked garden they carried on with most of the comforts of before, for most of the book. I don't think you can have a book that readers can care about if you don't develop the characters or the world around them.The book had episodes instead of chapters, but I never thought this distinguished itself as if it was a show in book form. I was able to finish the short read and there was some memorable senses but everything could have been improved. The ending was meant to be surprising but it came off as cliche, and a cheap way to deal with the missing elements of a good story I described above. If you enjoy zombie fiction maybe you could find more to love in this then I did, but I just could not get into this.This ebook was provided to me from the author in exchange for a honest review.

  • Ann Andrews
    2019-04-04 14:11

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have a love/hate relationship with zombie type stories. I do love them. But they also terrify me. In a world where scientists experiment with so many chemicals and (let's be honest) potions, it's all too easy to visualize the end of the human race involving some kind of disease that transforms us into mindless cannibals wandering around and muttering "Bwainssssss. . ." Everyone Dies at the End has found a happy medium between humor, irony, horror, suspense, and the art of a good gorefest. There wasn't so much gore and horror that I had to skim pages, but there was enough to make it realistic. I enjoyed all the characters, even the ones I didn't want to like, and was completely blown away by the ending. One of my favorite "zombie" books to date.

  • G.G.
    2019-04-12 17:06

    Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.This one is a bit hard for me to rate, so I will break down in parts.Everyone dies at the end was an enjoyable read. Sure, there are plenty of zombie stories out there but this one doesn't follow the prototype and the ending is not at all what one might expect. So this book gets a five for originality, however, there were things that bugged me. Earl, who can't live without his heroin and goes through jars of it in weeks, always in need of finding more, succeeds in making his last small batch last six months. This doesn't work for me. The time frame was also a bit hard to keep track of. So for these, I'd have to remove a star. We get to know how the survival goes by the way of two different groups: a family who chose to live out in the country, and the other, the junkie who started the whole thing. We don't always agree with them. We don't always relate to them, but they feel like people, real people. I'd give a five for character development.Last but not least, the writing itself. I didn't see any typos, or oopsies however, the author often uses the same sentence construction which isn't a big thing when the format isn't a pet peeve of yours. In this case, it is one of mine. I hate the overuse of the word 'as', the one used to indicate two actions are done at the same time. The she said as she walked away thing. In many instances, a simple switch to 'and' or separate the action in two sentences, could relieve the overload. As I said, it's not a big thing, just something that bugs me enough to not enjoy a story as much as I could. Because of this, I'd give three to the style.All this taken in consideration, I give this book a four. If you like zombies but are tired of the same formula, you might want to give this book a shot. The explanation for the zombie outbreak is unique. The mushrooms growing out of the zombies head is also quite unique.

  • S.J. Higgins
    2019-03-31 14:08

    I often refer to being sucked into a book, in this instance I feel like I was sucked into a crazy-assed dream where zombies, junkies and demons took center stage. There were times when the flip-flopping between the family in the country and the junkie in the city was a bit distracting, I also struggled to keep track of the timing sometimes but that kind of worked for this story. The characters and the things they get up to left me blinking a time or two and don't get me going on the ending. I did not see that coming at all!!! Very well done.I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-17 15:54

    "Everyone Dies at the End" is a short zombie apocalyptic story. The outbreak in this particular story is one so believable that you may just start hoarding supplies in your basement. As you read, you are introduced to several different character perspectives and their role in both the cause and the survival of this apocalypse. The characters are all well developed and are anything but one dimensional. The main group of survivors ranges in age as well as physical type. The depth of the plot and the descriptions do not lag simply because this is a short story. The writing is done in a way that allows the reader to imagine the scenario and makes you want to keep reading just to see how it ends.The ending, which I shall not reveal, has one of the biggest twists I have read in a short story. You will find yourself laughing at the simplicity of the ending, but also the creativity of it. I would surely recommend this story to any fan of this genre. It is an enjoyable read and is well written.

  • JoselynMoreno Burke
    2019-04-09 22:04

    I received this book from the author for an honest review.I have to admit the book is absolutely fantastic, I think I have a new favorite author and all.The book begins and you're already hook up in it, I think it was very well written, the characters are ones you will live with, you will laugh, awesome yourself and feel for them all the way and it's so interesting the way everything it's depicted and all the scenarios they went through.And that ending damn I never have will have imagined something like that jajaja, it was interesting even masterful if you ask me because believe you will never believe that it ends like that.I recommend it very much to everyone. you will all love the ending as much as me i'm sure. More reviews:

  • Eric Ponvelle
    2019-03-25 16:02

    Caveat: I read an advanced reader copy of this novel, so this review is based on a pre-released version. I also received this copy for free in return for an honest review.What happens when a desperate junkie has to share his small stash with his equally addicted friend? The zombie apocalypse, evidently.Thus is the story ofEveryone Dies at the End . The novel takes on two intertwining storylines, one that follows addict Earl and one that follows John, Joey, Peter, Sara, and their kids. The novel does a solid job of creating a world, though the exposition on the plague may be a bit devoid of logic.The novel is great when it is in the horror element. There are a few scenes that may be some of the most disturbing ones I have read. The novel has some structure issues like the jumping point of view. In one section of an episode, we jump heads completely indiscriminately, as if it is just to get to a point. I felt like this caused confusion, and it was honestly quite needless. If I would have been staying in the head of one character for an entire episode, then I feel like I would have had more information restrained from a stylistic perspective. While almost self-fulfilling prophesy, the novel, however, falls apart in the end. The quality starts to dip with a very good development on Earl's story. The character reacted in such an unusual way to something so critical and traumatic that it was actually really jarring to me. This odd action is followed by the most clichéd scene that doesn't remotely belong in the story involving Sara. Until this point, Sarah felt real and human, but then, she falls into every trope of a woman on her period. I showed this scene to other women, both writers and non, and their reaction was very unflattering. It's the sitcom "Uh oh, the woman is menstruating and irrational." Rather than giving her character some depth during an uncomfortable situation in the zombie apocalypse, she is reduced to a silly trope that lost all my interest, when she was the one character I liked the most.The most egregious of mistakes though was the ending. It is impossible to highlight my problems with it in a review, but it was the worst possible ending for a story, period. It ended in a horrible, deus-ex-machina way that really left me feeling cheated as a reader. I really don't want to delve too much in fear of spoiling it, but the ending wasn't even hinted at once in the story. It was so silly and stupid that I, while sitting in my bed at 1AM having finished reading it, began to write this review.Everyone Dies at the End was a quick read that was fun at times. I wouldn't recommend it in its current state, but the author can turn it around with a bit of editing. I would like to see Earl's part in the origination of the zombie plague removed. That happened too fast and spread too far to be logical.I would also shrink the family down a bit. Loretta murdered a squirrel baby at one point, and then, she went to the background. John and his son had almost no use to the plot, and Peter's role was much more fascinating given his situation. Merging Peter and John would become an excellent character. And please, please, please keep Sara stronger and human. She doesn't have to be impervious to the situation, but she is set up as a strong character early on then changed later for the worst.Using the episodic structure, I would prefer if each episode centers on a character reacting to an event. There is a sizeable time jump, which in the context of the ending doesn't fit at all, and in the context of the characters is almost ignored completely. A tighter story that focuses on fewer characters that are well built in each episode would make for a great novel.Two out of Five Stars - it isn't the worst thing you will read. It isn't even mostly bad, but when it falls, you are left with such a bad taste that is prolonged, that it sullied an otherwise solid book.

  • Cory Abernathy
    2019-03-25 21:14

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.‘Everyone Dies at the End’ by Riley Westbrook is a short story about a zombie outbreak that is passed by means of fungus and spores. The circumstances of the outbreak seemed to be fairly original, though the appearance of the zombies themselves really reminded me of those found in the game, ‘The Last of Us’.There are two main story paths. One follows a collection of families that are trying to ride out the outbreak and the other follows a druggie named Earl. It was a little hard for me to follow who was who in the group of families that live together. I don’t think there was enough character development on that story path, but in a novella there isn’t much time to allow for that. I did get an appreciation for how much each cared for each other, though.The highlight of this story is Earl. Earl, a heroin addict, is constantly looking for his next fix. He is more concerned with getting a stash of drugs to ride out the zombie apocalypse than he is with just surviving. I really enjoyed the interaction Earl had with his inner demon who was constantly reminding him that he needed another fix. Overall, I found this to be a pretty enjoyable zombie story. The writing is pretty well done and there is a lot of action. I would like to see more scene setting as I couldn’t even tell where this story took place, but it was still pretty good. I guess the best compliment that I can give to this novella is that I wish it were a full-length novel. I think the story lines were there to support one, but I will say that the ending might have been a little harder to take if it were a full-length novel.

  • Tyler Harris
    2019-04-14 18:55

    While many zombie apocalypse stories start with a lovable family who's lives suddenly fall apart, Everyone Dies at the End introduces characters who we immediately know are not far from rock bottom. The action begins as soon as we enter the world of Everyone Dies at the End, and never stops until the very end.I like just about anything zombie. From what I've seen, this story is most comparable to the Syfy series Z Nation. The action doesn't really stop. The benefit of a zombie novel written that way is that it's hard to put down. I finished the book (to be fair, it's a short read) in just a couple days, which is rare for me. The downside of an action-packed zombie story is that there is not a whole lot of other elements I like to see, like character development. As I stated earlier, the characters are having a hard time, even before the end of the world. Unfortunately, I don't learn much more about the heroin addict and the dysfunctional family beyond the first few pages.Everyone Dies at the End is like Z Nation meets a Comic Book series. It has an old school, s*** hits the fan feel. But I was hoping for a little bit more than just action and death, hence the low rating. However, not a horrible book. I'd recommended this quick read for an old school zombie fan or fans of Z Nation.

  • Carmen
    2019-04-10 21:12

    I received this book from the author through LoP in exchange for an honest review.I am a sucker for all things zombies. If I hear there are zombies, there’s a good chance I’ll be there. Everyone Dies at the End jumps straight into the action. I knew that it was going to be fast paced because of the length, and Westbrook did not disappoint. The characters had a surprising amount of depth for the short amount of time we spent with some of them. I’m always interested in seeing the different kinds of zombie’s people come up with, and mold induced mushroom zombies is definitely a new one. The story has a great twist at the very end that I probably should’ve seen coming, but I didn’t. All in all, I would recommend this story to others.

  • Sarah Davies
    2019-04-05 21:06

    I was given this book by Lovers of Paranormal group for a fair and honest review. Everyone Dies at the end, By Riley Westbrook.I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, within the first page you are hooked.Because it's a novella, you keep reading as you want to know what happens, very fast paced, not over the top graphic (which tends to happen with other zombie stories.The only character that got a bit tiresome was Earl but that was more about the demon and not Earl himself.Great twist at the end of the story.Will definitely look to read other books from Riley Westbrook.

  • Amanda Lyles
    2019-03-26 18:51

    I started reading this and immediately forgot what the title was. Then the end came. Imagine my surprise when everyone died. I liked it in spite of that. I found it very gross at times and if I didn't have such a strong stomach I imagine I would have to give up mushrooms. Who knew the zombie apocalypse could happen from something so mundane as spiking your girlfriend's heroin spoon with mold? It was very imaginative.

  • J. Kahele
    2019-04-05 19:07

    I have to give this a five only because it was the most unusual book I have ever read. The book had zombie rats with mushrooms coming out of their head. Two junkies who practically beat the crap out of each other and a very surprising end. I think the author did a fantastic job of gripping the reader to the end.

  • Derek Bailey
    2019-04-23 20:49

    INTRODUCTION I'm not often one for the zombie apocalypse theme. I think it's overdone and all too formulaic to be of any real entertainment value. I also just don't find that zombies are a compelling type of villain. Vampires are scary because they are smart AND powerful AND eat people. Zombies just kind of eat people most of the time. Occasionally they are stronger or faster than average people, but a lot of the time they are actually slower. What makes a zombie apocalypse entertaining for most (I think) is generally how the world reacts to a global zombie outbreak. What usually does it for me though, is when the story is more of a spoof off of the ordinary zombie plot-line. Zombieland and Warm Bodies are perfect examples of this. I've yet to find any kind of more serious zombie story that resonates with me in quite the same way as these movies did. I do enjoy Plants vs. Zombies and Call of Duty Zombies mode (Left for Dead was pretty good too) but those are games that don't really tell Zombie stories, they just kind of let you kill them in excessive number. One might then wonder why I would pick up a Zombie novel then, but let me explain.I stumbled across the author of this on an online forum asking for early reviews of this work. I'm naturally a bit of a sucker for all things indie so I said I'd give an honest review of this in exchange for a copy. It's really short too - only an 87 page PDF file which would probably turn into a paperback length of approximately 100-150 pages depending on page size and font chosen (it could also be way more or way less, but this is a decent guesstimate). The author is a really nice guy and pretty active in the indie community which certainly helped with my decision to offer to try this out. At the time, I was also under the impression that this would be a sort of dark comedy, the likes of which I mentioned above. I can say in advance that EVERYONE DIES AT THE END did not deliver the type of entertainment that I expected and that turned out to be partially a good thing.CHARACTERSGenerally, horror characters are pretty lame. They often fall into stereotypes and just generally fail to be authentic or compelling in any way. They are also normally VERY dumb. I'm very happy to say that while some of the characters in this story are a bit dense, they are all really quite colorful in their own way.The casting for this is unconventional to say the least. There's junkies, fat men, children, teenagers, bitchy wives/girlfriends, and average joes. It is an extraordinarily ordinary group of people and I think that made the experience feel that much better than it would have otherwise. While I won't get into the details just yet, neither the general outbreak plot-line, nor the zombies themselves are all that different from what you would expect. What makes this a worthwhile read are the unique and interesting personalities that inhabit this space. I don't know if I would go so far as to say that they are all relate-able because there is a lot of surprising brutality and subsequent numbness to that gore that may make some of the characters harder to connect with, but its the little things that they say and do that make them feel true to life. Joey is perhaps the best example of this as he is a loving husband who struggles with his own obesity. His wife, Sara, is a as as hot-tempered as she is attractive and though they seem like an odd pair, they balance each other out and truly do make each other better people. Moments like when he comes up from doing a workout or when she cuddles with him in bed felt real and definitely sold me on these wonderful characters.The story is kind of split up into two groups, there is the family group that Joey and Sara are a part of and then there is the story of Earl, the junkie who desperately craves his next fix of cocaine. His character is where the story is the funniest but also the most morbid. There aren't really any other main characters that are part of his group, but there is his demon which appears to him in various forms whenever his body begins to feel the need for another hit of drugs. This imaginary figure is there to taunt and torment him, but it is also somewhat motivating to his survival at certain points and I really liked the idea of this imaginary companion having such a big role in these segments of the story. There are a bunch of other really distinct characters throughout the tale, but I found that these four were easily my favorites.WORLD/SETTINGThere isn't a ton going on in terms of world intrigue here. The locations feel generally rural or at least suburban and the family side of the story remains pretty much exclusively in one spot for the majority of the plot's duration. Earl gets around a bit, but doesn't seem to go far since he keeps running into the other group. There are some intriguing places like a cannibals' home and a militaristic fortress that the characters run into near the story's conclusion, but these locations aren't really explored in depth. Don't get me wrong, these places aren't bad in any way, the locations visited are simply more just backdrops for the characters to exist within and don't really take on too much life of their own. This is pretty typical for this genre so I got what I needed from the world and had no complaints. If I had a similar opinion of say, a grand fantasy novel, then that would be a different story.The zombies themselves are a lot of what will definite this type of world space. The ones here are a bit more interesting than the average flesh-eaters, but they aren't a super prominent presence. They are a poignant one, however. The zombies are visually interesting in that they are fungal based in a way that is very similar to how they look in the videogame, The Last of Us. The disease itself is causes by fungal spores that infect people and animals alike. The results are truly gruesome and the way the disease spreads through thick goo that gives birth to the infections fungi was rather horific. Every moment where this disease does show up feels balanced, well-done, and perfectly described. This aspect of the setting is by far the most distinct. While I know zombies are technically people, the way both the monsters themselves and the underlying disease are handled makes them far more a part of the setting than they are cast.PLOT/TONE The tone is one area that I was a bit taken back by. Despite none of the marketing or even the story synopsis indicating that this would be a funny read, I did expect that this would be something of a zombie spoof simply based off of the silly title. And in some ways, it is, but in others, it couldn't be further from that. This is just a hard one to tonally pin down because of how gruesome the overarching tone is. Even the funnier moments are humorous in a really grim way. One example of this is Earl's addition. I shouldn't be amused by the fact that someone is so dependent on hard drugs, but seeing someone work desperately for their next fix in the midst of the apocalypse has an undeniable sense of humor to it. A lot of the funnier aspects are very much in line with this example in that they are things that wouldn't and shouldn't be funny other any other circumstances, but because of this story's context, they may actually make you chuckle to yourself. The way certain people like Joey are described also has this really down-to-earth humor to it. Aside from these bits of morbid jesting, though, this is a rather serious and brutal story that you probably classify as a dark comedy, but its not the same thing as the humor found in stories like Zombieland.One somewhat distracting thing about the book is the way it is formatted. The author broke the chapters down into individual episodes. That might not sound like such a bad thing, but calling a chapter an episode set up an expectation for me that each part of the book would have a sort of theme to it. I figured there would be some sort of little mini story thread that opened and closed within each episode, but that's just not the case. The "episodes" flow into each other in a continuous way like chapters do and really just didn't feel episodic in any way. It didn't necessarily detract from my overall enjoyment of the piece as a whole, but it did make the earlier sections a little harder to get through since I was thrown off by this feature. One other thing that was a bit off-putting was the formatting. While I did read this as a PDF which is not reflective of the final product, none of the chapters had page breaks to separate them from one another, nor was there a table of contents (functional or otherwise). While this was just an advanced copy, I did find myself a little disappointed in these two shortcomings because I'm a "real" reader too and I feel like a book should be formatted with general readability in mind. It doesn't have to be industry standard or anything like that. I've been through the pains of trying to learn all of the "proper" formatting specs for my own book and it isn't easy, but I do ask for the basics and I felt like those were kind of ignored here at least with the version that I was given to review.I mentioned before that I did have a little trouble getting going with this story. I knew going in that there would eventually be a zombie outbreak, but did not anticipate the contents of the first couple of chapters. The book starts out on Earl's side and throws readers into this really shady scene of Earl and his girlfriend(?) getting into a fight over whether or not Earl is going to share his drugs with her. There's a flurry of domestic abuse where some very unpleasant words are thrown around. While these scenes do set up the root cause of the outbreak, I just don't think that this was the best way to hook readers in. It's shocking/surprising, yes, but probably not in the right way. I plodded through these earlier episodes in hopes that things would get better and they do for the most part. Once the outbreak starts, the adventure begins. The violence and language don't really calm down at all, but they do fit in a little better when there are man-eating fungus monsters running around. I would say that the vast majority of this plot really worked for me right up until the final couple of episodes.I found myself a little jarred by the ending for a couple of reasons. First, things happen just a little too fast. I have no issue with pacing changes, in fact, I like a good breathtaking conclusion, but that's not really the case here. As the title implies, everyone kind of dies at the end and the majority of these fatalities all happen within the span of about ten pages. If this was part of some super-intense massively devastating event that would be one thing, but the pacing just kind of rolls along at the normal pace except for all the death. There is also a bit of a twist that I didn't see coming and I'm not sure that's a great thing. It would be hard to explain myself without getting into spoiler territory, but I effectively felt that there were some serious logistical/plausibility issues with it all and actually would have preferred a more standard ending to the one that we got which is a somewhat rare thing for me. That said, the author's decision was pretty clever in a way and my only real problem with it was that I'm not so sure it actually made sense, particularly within the context of the first couple of chapters. It also left me with a lot of unanswered questions which isn't the most pleasant way to end a book.CONCLUSIONIn some ways, I really, really, enjoyed this work. The characterization and general cleverness of the author made a strong impression on me, but I didn't feel that all of the plot components worked, namely with the first and last chapters. I also want to note that while I gave this a 3/5 rating here, I actually gave it a 3.5 on my blog because I think it deserves slightly better than a 3, but just didn’t quite make it to what I consider to be a 4.It wasn't really a spoof nor was it a true-to-roots zombie apocalypse, which can be good or bad depending on who you are. For me, this odd mix of dark humor and brutal gore worked and I did feel like I got to read something unique and special. Like I said, it’s quite short and can be remarkably easy to get through. If you are a fan of zombie stories, then I'd recommend that you pick this up for sure, especially if you are looking for a short, weekend read or just like to read in quick sessions. Either way, this won't take much time and there are a lot of reasons why I consider this a worthwhile read even if I didn't feel it was on point 100% of the time. What I am sold on is this author since there were some really great moments in this book and I definitely plan on looking into what else he has done in hopes that I find something that’s perhaps a little more my speed.

  • Joan
    2019-04-05 18:15

    I received a free copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.Everyone Dies at the End started out strong, with the resident junkie, named Earl, adding malicious substances to his girlfriend's fix and making her ill enough to be confined in a hospital. It's during her stay in the hospital that things started to go haywire. She sprouted a mushroom on her skull and the people at the hospital died, Earl escaped to run for his life - or at least find more drugs. Somewhere in the same city, brothers Peter and John and their kids hid in their friend Joey and Sarah's house, as the couple seems to be as equipped as anyone from the show Doomsday Preppers (A bunker, samurai swords, solar panels, vegetables, hot water, you name it). The story was fast-paced, almost like a TV episode. I love the original concept of it coming from fungus / spores, but I felt the story lacking on the details of the apocalypse, and the description of the zombies themselves as to how they move or hunt or feed. Do they smell blood? Can they detect movement or hear the faintest sound? Since Zombies are so popular, it will help to characterize this particular type of zombie with this novella. Of the two vantage points, I feel like Earl's story was told better. His "demon" added a struggle and desperation to his character, which made him a slave to his drug even if the rest of the world was dying. He was very narrow minded, shallow, and selfish, and his character never strayed too far from it until the end. The other characters were inconsistent or bland. I can't differentiate Peter and John from each other, there is nothing that makes them stand out or unique. At some point in the narrative, Peter's child Lori changed names to Loretta, which was confusing and I wished only one name was used. Rachael had a sudden sickness which wasn't resolved or explained, and it only made us appreciate the need to have weed at all times. Joey was a good character and had so much potential, but he was repeatedly described to be fat - and was often referred as the fat friend - and nothing about his knowledge of survival or anything else that made him so lovable to Sara's eyes. In the end, his physique was the only thing I remembered about him. Overall, I like the originality of the virus and how it all began as well as how fast the story moved. The shocking twist in the end was also really good, I didn't see it coming at all. For a novella, I think it shows how ordinary people will ride out the apocalypse if it happens soon.

  • Valicity Garris
    2019-04-14 20:45

    Another zombie apocalypse. I don’t feel bad saying that because this one is actually good! I don’t know why the authors decided to give such a telling title but it actually works and it works well. This is a story that’s a little short but it’s so original and completely interesting I loved it. The antagonist is all around us, that gives this book an edge aside from the fact that the cast experiences some strange events and escapes a few heart-pounding scenes. Speaking of characters, this cast is definitely diverse in background. It makes the story all the more interesting, quirky, and original. Everyone ranges in age, physical appearance, and definitely personality. Plus, it helps that the depth of the story is great and the detail and description is spot on. I really did like this story but one thing I have to complain about is the point of view. I did like the multiple characters and insight we get from them. I enjoyed the overlapping stories and how the authors crafted them, bringing together essentially two casts to make one cohesive story. Everything about that was good, I even liked the style of narration because it almost felt like a comic book but it got a little jumpy as we went from character to character so suddenly. I would have liked a smoother transition but overall it is a good story. The ending is something everyone keeps talking about, it IS good but so simple I felt a little let down. I won’t complain, though, because the entire book had been entertaining and hilarious up until that point but I will say you will either love or hate the ending and the way you feel about the ending will probably effect the way you feel about the overall story. You can love it until the last page but if that lets you down it’s like the whole story is worthless. Fortunately for this pair of authors, I didn’t think it was so bad so I gave it a rating I think was well deserved.*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  • Danielle Evans
    2019-04-14 15:58

    This review is also posted on my blog: book was gritty, grotesque, and all in all, a lot of fun! It's a zombie apocalypse story, but there is plenty of humor thrown in and a very interesting cast of characters that will keep you hooked. There is Earl, the detestable junkie who's willing to do whatever it takes to get his next fix. He's truly a despicable character; I hated him and was hoping the title was truthful so that I would eventually get to see him die in the end. His story was very intriguing though as he narrowly escaped death several times, all while getting high and going through torturous periods of withdrawal. And then there is everyone else - the people you can actually root for - Joey and his wife, Sara, John and his son, Jakyle, and Peter and his two young daughters, Loretta and Rachel. I loved the relationship between Joey and Sara, and I just thought they were awesome people. After all, they allowed everyone to stay at their place away from the worst of the mayhem; they were definitely the kind of friends you'd want to have in the event of a zombie apocalypse. The zombies themselves were different and gross with mushrooms growing out of their heads, and they were constantly spewing black vomit. And many of them weren't even originally human. How the apocalypse started - well, you'll have to read it to find out... The ending was most unexpected! You may think you know what's going to happen, but I'm willing to bet that you'll be wrong! I never saw it coming.If you're into zombies or if you just want to read something quick and enjoyable, this is a book you should definitely check out!*Disclosure: I received a free copy in advance in exchange for an honest review.

  • Christina McMullen
    2019-04-20 18:02

    First of all, a disclaimer: I hate zombies and I hope the whole zombie apocalypse genre will die a quiet death. Now, that being said, there's a good reason why I hate the zombie apocalypse genre and that' because it seems to me that most books are the same story recycled with different characters. Usually it's more about the survival tactics and not so much storytelling. Everyone Dies at the End is a story about the characters. The advent of the apocalypse is not just different, it's head-scratchingly different. These zombies are more human/fungus hybrids and they are pretty gross. The story follows along with two sets of perspectives. The first is Earl, the junkie who is actually responsible for setting off the apocalypse. I didn't like Earl and felt that he lived far longer than I would have let him were I the god of this world. Now, Earl's demons, I did like. It takes a certain amount of skill to pull off the kind of psychotropic magical realism the demons require under normal circumstances, but plopping them into an apocalypse novel takes even more skill and Westbrook managed to pull this off perfectly.The other story arc follows a family as they try to survive. These were the characters I was more sympathetic towards, though I have to admit that each had their moments. But that worked as well. We got aggravated with the characters just as they would get aggravated with each other when forced to dwell in close quarters. Overall, the story was fast paced and easy to read, if not a little gross at times. The end, however, left me shaking my head just a little. It wasn't bad, and I'm not going to say anything to spoil it, but I will say that those of us who grew up in the eighties and remember certain television tropes from that era may groan just a bit.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-25 17:59

    This book was very interesting. This a a short little novella, taking me just a few hours to read, but packs a lot in. The build up was slow but once it hit, I was in. The pace is almost nonstop from the time it starts and left me chasing the pages. The book is written well and easy to follow. The writing style was enjoyable. I liked the characters and although there wasn't one I could relate to I definitely found myself choosing favorites. (view spoiler)[ I was definitely intrigued with the way the author chose to portray his virus in the book, it definitely pulled it apart from most zombie novels out now. I have to say though that I found myself laughing at the way the virus manifested as a fungus, as if I couldn't take it seriously. Everytime I read about another giant mushroom sprouting out of a head I had to stifle a laugh. I highly doubt it was meant to be comical but it was hard to take seriously for me. I had trouble connecting a fungus with a flesh-craving zombie.(hide spoiler)] Once I got past that though, I did enjoy this book. It was nicely sewn up at the end and I wasn't left with questions, which is something I enjoyed. I was so hooked to the book that I finished it in a few hours, I couldn't put it down. Once I got to the end I was absolutely shocked. I reread it twice, it was definitely an unexpected twist that not only wraps everything up nicely but leaves the reader in awe. I definitely enjoyed this book overall.I received an ebooks version of this novella to review but all opinions are my own.

  • Jesica
    2019-04-05 13:48

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love supernatural stories and this one was really good. I immediately fell in love with this book and the characters. I thought this was a really unique book that keeps you entertained through the end. I wish it could of been longer but it was still good and I enjoyed reading this book. The ending was pretty shocking to me, I would of never thought that would happen as the ending. I recommend this book to anyone who loves supernatural books and who has the stomach for it. Overall I absolutely love this book and I will be reading more from these authors.

  • Catherine Putsche
    2019-04-15 19:09

    Blood splattering, flesh devouring and brain impaling terror and panic are what we have come to expect in any zombie apocalypse story. However, Everyone Dies at the End is a zombie apocalypse with a difference as the world is turned upside down as the outbreak is passed through fungus/spores.A great short story that’s well thought out and indulges our intrigue with zombies that brings together a number of possible disasters and possibilities that may occur in real virus breakout. Everyone Dies At The End is a quick read with a highly unpredictable ending and a must read for all zombie fans out there.My Ranking: 4 Stars

  • Brodie James
    2019-04-01 14:08

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I will start by saying I really enjoyed this it wasn't a long book so I finished it in a day. The characters had depth I liked how we got a glimpse into the mind of an addict and I thought the authors perspective on that very interesting. Also the idea of the zombies in this book is very unique while there could have been more blood and gore I found it to be a very enjoyable book with a very unique twist. I would recommend u read this the writing was brilliant Riley is very talented.

  • Laura
    2019-04-10 20:58

    I really enjoyed this short zombie tale. I didn't know what to expect, and found myself zipping right through it. The visuals of the characters were so starkly odd they were actually funny! I kept thinking WTH with respect to the "odd couple" and poor Earl... There were so many off beat moments, but it all comes together cleverly! Well, I say give it a read, and enjoy! It's short, simple, and filled with lots and lots of imaginative gore!

  • hIpnoticraQs
    2019-03-25 17:00

    Everyone Dies at the End is a short but sweet action packed disgusting gore fest!! It was GREAT!! The story stayed at a fast enough pace to keep an ADD reader like me interested. I had a bit of trouble in the first half keeping up with all of the characters, it didn't take away from the fun. A must read for every zombie apocalypse book fan. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lena
    2019-04-08 22:14

    * I received this copy in exchange for an honest review *Definitely a unique zombie novella. For the longest time I was wondering if it was a zombie story or and addiction story though. For me the ending made this story. Most of the time I was reading I was thinking, wtf??, but the end made it a satisfying read for me.