End Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain)

End Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain)

by Kellie Sheridan

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End Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain) by Kellie Sheridan

It's month after the dead first began to walk. The miracle vaccine that was supposed to save us all has failed.

Now, four teens fight to stay alive as a stronger, smarter breed of zombie begins to appear, threatening to end humanity for good.

Four short stories, 11,000 words total.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016404059
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication date: 01/05/2013
Series: Hitchhiker Strain
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 201,311
File size: 220 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

After taking a gap-year to live in Ireland, Kellie has now settled into a life focused on the publishing world. Between working for three small publishing houses, reviewing for her book blog, and writing, it’s all books, all the time. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kellie currently lives near Toronto, Ontario with her family, including a pair of Glen of Imaal Terriers.

You can visit Kellie online at

Or follow @Kellie_Sheridan on Twitter

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End Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
writeawaybliss More than 1 year ago
End Dayz by Kellie Sheridan is a dystopian delight. Set in a post apocalyptic future, we follow four unique characters as their journey is recanted to us in the form of letters or journal entries. Kellie did a fantastic job allowing the reader to see into this unique world, while staying away from telling the audience everything. Not an easy thing to do when the story is written in the form of a letter, with little dialogue. The story, End Dayz is a novella and is the prequel to Mortality that is definitely on my To Be Read list. Although it's short, my attention was immediately captured and I'm looking forward to reading the first full length novel in the series. Of the four short stories in End Dayz, my favorite would be Zach's. I am curious to learn more about all four characters and if they become introduced to one another in Mortality. Recommend? You bet! It's a short read and a nice introduction for Mortality. It makes me want to pick up the next book. Perfect for ages thirteen and up. I think boys will love this novella as much as girls. I mean we're talking zombies, who doesn't love zombie books?
Literary_VixenAP More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating collection of short stories taking place in the post-apocalyptic world during, not the first, but the second wave of infection, where people turn into flesh eating zombies and transfer the bug by biting others. Told in letters and diary style by four different characters, I loved to read about these people’s thoughts during what I could imagine, is a horrifying time and place. I looked up the series and read that this is a prequel to the book ‘Mortality’ by Kellie Sheridan and the characters in these short stories have minor parts in that book. I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m planning to. I enjoy any kind of dystopian and zombie focused stories and this one was no exception. A short read with only 11,000, it’s a perfect morsel of a dismal world on the brink of total annihilation of the human race. My favorite view point was Alex’s. It left me wondering what happened to him (or her? It could be a ‘her’ but it didn’t specify gender in this chapter) and his family who were on the road searching for sanctuary. The stories do have gore and bloody scenes in it and I love how it doesn’t sugar coat the horror of it all, but maintains realism of the situations and emotions of the characters. This makes for an excellent, more terrifying read, though this is not inherently scary. I highly recommend reading, this, but maybe read the novel first to get a better handle of the two zombie breakouts. I did enjoy this as a standalone and will be reading the main novel shortly.  Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy via NetGalley.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
You know I'm a zombie fan and I've read Mortality, so I was excited to see this short story prequel. And the cover is absolutely killer - it caught my eye immediately. If you haven't read Mortality, I highly recommend you do before reading End Dayz. This novella gave me more information and background on some secondary characters from Mortality, but also a little about Savannah. Some of what I learned was expected, but I was surprised about the actions of a few characters. I enjoyed the journal style of writing in some of the chapters, allowing the reader a more introspective view of the characters' thought processes. Alex's story was especially heartbreaking. Overall, this was a great companion piece to Mortality, giving me a broader perspective of events that happened before that book and I'd definitely recommend reading it. I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley.
jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
Prequel Novella worth reading!! My Opinion: This prequel novella introduces us to four characters that are going to be in the first book of The Hitchhiker Strain series, called Mortality, which I also got approved for through NetGalley. I thought this introduction was a really great way to meet the characters and get a little bit of a feel for them before starting the series.  The novella was separated into four chapters, one for each of the teens Pierre, Belle, Alex and Zack. It was a very quick read, but I definitely recommend reading it before starting Mortality. It gives you just a taste of what you're going to be getting with the series and in my case, gets you all excited to start it! I give it 5 stars :D I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
It's not hard to find a zombie book these days. They're everywhere, and it's not an easy task to find the right one. I feel that End Dayz was a great choice for me to grab, though. It turned out to be one of the more enjoyable reads in recent weeks. What makes End Dayz stand out to me is was that it showed the reader the lives of four different youths as they were living through troubling times in the world. In addition to that, the events of this collection take place during a second wave of a zombie virus, not during an initial outbreak. This caught my attention because the characters already went through the crazy initial outbreak, and had the chance to return to a (very new and different) normal way of living. That brings into play a new element to the human condition that I haven't witnessed in zombie fiction so far. I think the use of 4 different stories/characters to show what's going on in the world of the Hitchhiker Strain series instead of in just one area with one group. Authors can bring a wider world view into books through showing the news reports or something along those lines, but I like when there is a variety of storylines to follow, as long as they don't get jumbled and confusing, which these don't'. I think, overall, this was a great collection for fans of the zombie genre or someone looking for a quick entertaining page-turner. It's made me want to go out and buy Mortality, the first novel that this is a prequel to. I don't want to be away from the Hitchhiker Strain world for too long.
terferj More than 1 year ago
This was a nice short to prepare us for Mortality (the first book of the series). It revolved around Pierce, Belle, Alex, and Zack. We get a glimpse of the start of the second wave of zombies by their letters, journal, or report before New Ravencrest was established. Pierce's letter is to his girlfriend...I think. Belle was her journal and that's when Savannah is mentioned. Alex is leaving notes for his dad. Zack is writing a report on clearing out the school.