Review: The World Without a Future by Nazarea Andrews (The World Without End #1)


The World Without a Future by Nazarea Andrews // VBC ReviewThe World Without a Future (The World Without End #1)
Nazarea Andrews
Published: Dec. 3, 2013 (A&A Literary)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Nurrin was born the first day the dead “came alive”in the form of the infected, and rose up to kill thousands of the population within months. The first day of the end of the world as you or I know it. After the first wave, those that survived were ushered into various Havens set-up throughout the country. The walls promising to keep the zombies out while those on the inside try to rebuild what life they can.

When the walls to Nurrin’s home in Haven 8 are breached, there’s no time to stop and think, she just has to act. Immediately she looks for her brother, Collin, then her best friend/boyfriend Dustin. Little does Nurrin know (and honestly, as the story goes on it becomes very apparent that she knows very little), Collin and his friend Finn already have an escape route planned should a breach ever happen.

When the group arrives at their hideaway, it comes out that Dustin was scratched by an infected. A scratch can ultimately result in a turning but it’s slower than if he were bitten. This gives time for Finn to find medicine to keep Dustin from turning, and Nurrin gets to accompany him on his mission. Now, two people who dislike each other with a fiery passion, must work together to make sure the people they care about the most survive.

Saying The World Without a Future is fast paced, is putting it mildly. The story jumps starts right from the first page and doesn’t let up until then end, and even then we’re left with a cliffhanger leading into the second book. With all the fighting, running, chasing, hiding, and manipulative twists and turns, it’s definitely a book one can finish in just a matter of hours.

It’s apparent from the beginning that there’s more going on than Nurrin (Ren) knows about. There has to be reasons for Ren being kept in the dark by her brother and Finn, because when it comes down to it, she delivers. She’s able to fight her way out of scary situations and, when needed, she can put on a believable façade with the best of them. Usually I get irritated by characters that make stupid mistakes, but in Ren’s case I can forgive her simply for the fact that she’s kept ignorant by those around her despite the myriad of questions she asks. She’s pretty resourceful, and I hope others start to see that in her sooner rather than later; she truly is an asset and not a hindrance.

Finn is the typical bad-boy alpha male. I don’t know but there was something about him right from the start with his mysterious past and take-charge, leaping into the fray attitude that is extremely sexy. Although what is also apparent are his misguided feelings for Ren. The fact that he feels for her is not misguided, it’s the fact that he clearly doesn’t know what to do about it that is, and it also makes for some pretty steamy scenes between the two.

Using The Walking Dead as the standard by which I judge other zombie stories, Id say The World Without a Future meets expectations. It’s a gritty, desolate world, but people are still trying to survive. I don’t think we’ve yet scratched the surface when it comes to fully understanding the dynamics of this rebooted world. I’m very excited to read more!

Sexual content: Graphic sex

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