All the Stars in the Sky

Well, here it is.
Thanks for joining me on a ride that’s gone on for thousands of miles now. This is the end of the road for Cassie and the gang, and I hope you enjoy reading the last book as much as I enjoyed hanging out with them all these years.

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20 thoughts on “All the Stars in the Sky

  1. Magic. I would use more words to describe the awesome, but really you used the best of them in this book. So, all I got to say is magic.

  2. Stayed up until 1am to finish. I’m going to miss those characters so much! I will definitely be reading them again one day. Can’t wait to pass them along to someone else. Thanks to you, I’m always pointing out places that would be perfect for surviving the zombie apocalypse, of course my husband thinks I’m crazy. My daughter just took archery and I tell her that it will come in handy during the zombie apocalypse, also thinks I’m crazy.
    Loved the books…. I’m your new biggest fan.

    • I miss them too, Kelly! Although I’m getting to know my newest imaginary friends (I have two series that I’m working on now) and they’re pretty cool so far.
      And how could you NOT assess every single place’s merits in case of the zompoc? I think it’s completely normal–although my husband might agree with yours (But I will say that mine has made his peace with my crazy ways over the years–he even buys me survival gear). And archery? That’s awesome!
      I’m so happy to hear you loved the books. Thank you so much for writing and for passing the books along–word of mouth is so important to us indie authors. ❤

  3. I know that you say these are zombie chic lit but I have loved all your books in this series. Some of the best Zombie post apocalypse books that I have ever read. I am looking forward to your next series.

    • Thank you so much, Bill! I love to hear that. My dad (also a Bill) has been telling me for two years now that they’re not just chick-lit. Maybe I should listen to him, huh? 😉

      I’m working on the next series right now (it takes place in NYC, where you might just come across a character or two you know). I don’t have a release date yet, but stay tuned!

  4. I have read all the Until the End of the World books and I absolutley love love them . The best of the best zombie apocalypse books. I would love it if you wrote a 5th book.
    I would love to know more about living a safer life. Maybe Cassie’s brother and family are still alive? Maybe Dan didn’t die because he was immune and is the answer to a cure. Ann and Penny’s Mom is also still alive and helped Dan recover and they come to Alaska to work on a cure.
    What happen to the people who chose not to go to Alaska ? Are the zombies really dying off ? We need more. Think about it. I truly enjoy the series and have read them several times.

    • Thank you, Sharon! ❤ I'm so glad you enjoyed them! (And rereading is the best compliment I can get, IMO.)
      Some of those questions will be answered one day. Promise.

      As you might know, right now I'm working on a spin-off series that takes place in NYC. In time, it might make sense to go back to Cassie and the gang. If that's the case, I certainly will, because I do miss them!

      I think about it all the time, don't worry. 🙂

  5. I just finished listening to all 3 (and a half?) books and as an avid consumer of post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, and fantasy I was quite moved by your tale of Cassie and her group of friends. I loved their journey and unlike many other stories, I know theirs will stay with me for a long, long time, and that’s about the best accolade I can give to any book.
    As a guy in his 40s I would like to make the comment that I think you do yourself a disservice by calling it chick-lit! It is so much more than that and I’m glad I didn’t come across that description before buying it or I might have missed out!
    These books were amazing and I think part of their appeal is that they don’t really fit into a particular category (or maybe they fit into many of them). I got it on Audible thinking it would be just another YA novel (admittedly I didn’t do much research) and I should check it out before recommending it (or not) to my daughter. I quickly found out that wasn’t the case and the relationships and situations were more adult and complex then YA novels ever get.
    As a dad I kept drawing parallels between Cassie and my eldest daughter. So much so that I really want to go out and buy her the books! I listened to them on my drive to work everyday, but my daughter (thank God) still prefers to read from a proper book at night. The problem is that she is only 11 and although she loves to read, she might not be quite ready for these *sigh*. I’m now looking forward to getting them for her in future, but I’m just wondering what your take is on an appropriate age group for these books?

    • Hi Len,

      Thank you! That’s one of the best accolades I can receive, in my opinion.
      Ah, my dad and husband say the same thing about it not being chick-lit. It’s more referring to the ages of the characters, the romance aspect and the humor of old-school chick-lit (which was often intelligent, hysterically sarcastic and given less credit than was due). Some people get out of sorts when you introduce those things into post-apocalyptic fiction, so I kind of meant it tongue-in-cheek, in a you-were-warned way. Maybe it’s time to change it (You’re not the first reader to admonish me). 😉

      Also, I agree about the category/genre mishmash, so it was also a way to include its many aspects. I wish I could categorize it easily!

      As for an appropriate age group, I’m not sure. I’ve thought about it a lot. My daughter is nine, and she hasn’t read them. I’ve said she can read them at about 12-13 if she wants, but I think it depends on your daughter’s maturity level as well as her interest in the subject. My daughter read the first chapter and giggled over the curses, so I’m thinking maybe a few more years for her.

      I was reading adult books early, but we had way fewer YA books back then–since you’re also in your forties, I’m sure you remember!
      My dad gave me Malevil (a post-apoc novel) when I was nine. Now, he shakes his head in wonder that he did so. But, apparently, I read Gone with the Wind at age seven, so maybe I was ready? I sure enjoyed Malevil, and I was a full-on Stephen King fan at ten. I think I’m a reasonably sane adult for all of that, although some may disagree with that assessment. We won’t listen to them.

      I do realize I was basically no help up there. I’m sorry! 🙂 Bottom line: The romance is very fade-to-black, so I think it would be appropriate for an early teen/mature tween.

      Anyway, I seem to have written a novel above. Thank you for all your kind words. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the series, and I hope your daughter does, too, one of these days!

      -Sarah

      • Thanks for your reply. Doesn’t really help with deciding on when I can let my daughter read these books, but knowing that even the author is having the same problem with her own daughter, strangely enough, gives me some modicum of comfort.

        The only restriction placed on my reading at an early age was whether a particular book was available in our local library or not. So I am sometimes bemused about my own desire to curate my daughters reading. That might explain the proliferation of YA books these days (which I suppose makes my life a little easier), but I always wonder if maybe as new-age parents we just tend to over-think everything.

        Regarding the description, that was in no way an admonishment, just a friendly suggestion, but not having read anything previously classified as chick-lit (intelligent or otherwise), I really am in no position to criticise, so I apologise if my comment sounded a little condescending. Having thought it through a little more, if it increases the possibility of roping in unlikely readers to the genre, then I say go for it! In fact, I’m now going to try it on my wife who has steadfastly refused to have anything to do with zombies since she agreed to watch the first episode of The Walking Dead with me a few years back. So maybe if I talk up this aspect of the books, I might be able to get her to give it a go and then I’ll have someone else I can discuss your books with while I wait for my daughter to grow up 🙂

      • I hear you on the curating aspect. I don’t want to be a helicopter parent, but I’m also not an anything-goes parent. I try to keep it in the middle.
        I bought my daughter a graphic novel more suited to a teen reader (which wasn’t clear until it was in her hands–it was recommended by a favorite author of hers), but I let her read it anyway. Kids see/hear a lot more than we know or would like, and I was glad that she came to me with the more, as she says, “inappropriate” things in the book so we could discuss them.

        And sometimes I think YA, at least some of the YA I’ve read, tends to err on the side of not enough realism when it comes to what kids today deal with and what they get up to when their parents aren’t around. I understand why–the publishers don’t want to be seen as “promoting” certain behaviors–but I think it’s unrealistic. Therefore, I try to be as honest as I can with my kids because I know the teen years aren’t far off. And some of the things they hear at school…Oy, don’t get me started.

        Oh, no, I didn’t take your comment as anything but a friendly suggestion and even a compliment. 🙂 When readers contact me to say they loved the books and they shouldn’t be called chick-lit, I’m flattered. No worries!

        I think that’s part of why I call it chick-lit–UTEOTW has zombies, but the zombies, while shaping the story, aren’t the actual story, so it’s an attempt to clarify that. I have gotten many emails from people who say they never read zombies–never thought they’d enjoy a zombie story–but they enjoyed my books. Tell your wife she’s in good company if she does give them a shot. She might even like them!

        Thanks for this discussion! Like you said, it’s comforting to hear that other parents are asking themselves the same questions. I hate to censor books in any way, shape or form, especially because I would never want to dampen anyone’s love of reading.

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