The Undying

The Undying

by Ethan Reid

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In this riveting apocalyptic thriller for fans of The Passage and The Walking Dead, a mysterious event plunges Paris into darkness and a young American must lead her friends to safety—and escape the ravenous “undying” who now roam the crumbling city.

Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with local friends. They eat and drink and carry on until suddenly, at midnight, all the lights go out. Everywhere they look, buildings and streets are dark, as though the legendary Parisian revelry has somehow short circuited the entire city.

By the next morning, all hell has broken loose. Fireballs rain down from the sky, the temperatures are rising, and people run screaming through the streets. Whatever has happened in Paris—rumors are of a comet striking the earth—Jeanie and Ben have no way of knowing how far it has spread, or how much worse it will get. As they attempt to flee the burning Latin Quarter—a harrowing journey that takes them across the city, descending deep into the catacombs, and eventually to a makeshift barracks at the Louvre Museum—Jeanie knows the worst is yet to come. So far, only she has witnessed pale, vampiric survivors who seem to exert a powerful hold on her whenever she catches them in her sights.

These cunning, ravenous beings will come to be known as les moribund—the undying—and their numbers increase by the hour. When fate places a newborn boy in her care, Jeanie will stop at nothing to keep the infant safe and get out of Paris—even if it means facing off against the moribund and leaving Ben—and any hope of rescue—behind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476773148
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: The Undying Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 453,110
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Ethan Reid received his BA in English from the University of Washington and his MFA from the University of Southern California’s MPW Program, where he studied under author S.L. Stebel, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sy Gomberg, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Tarloff. Ethan is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. He lives in Seattle.

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The Undying 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
I thought I was never going to finish this book. It just went on and on like the Energizer bunny. I am not an apocalyptic book reader. So don't judge my review by that. I thought the vampiric-dead-but-alive-to-torture-maime-kill monsters were absolutely horrific. First there was one, then more and more and more. The worse thing Jeanie could have done was first, take possession of that newborn baby and secondly, have the slightest care about Ben, the traitor. I would be totally concerned with my cat!!! Other than those pathetic things, this book scared the living crap out of me! You never knew when those hideous monsters were going to show up nor what they were going to do! That was the worse part for me. The reason I wanted the book was because I saw the Eiffel Tower on the cover. ANY BOOK INVOLVING PARIS is a book for me! Ethan Reid did an extraordinary job describing all of Paris in such a unique way that I will never ever forget!! You are THE MAN! And yes, I am going to buy the next installment, as long as it is not involving Rennie. I would like it to be from the perspective of Jeanie's mom in Seattle! I have never been more scared in my life! Thank you to Ethan Reid, Simon and Schuster, and NetGalley for giving me a free e-ARC of this book to read and give my honest review.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Post Apocalypse fiction is a genre that never gets old, because it shows you how humans might act under the worst circumstances. This is showcased well in The Undying by Ethan Reid. Jeanie and Ben arrived in Paris to celebrate the new year with friends. As the clock strikes midnight, the lights go out all over Paris and fireballs rain down from the sky. Jeanie and Ben are now stuck in a foreign land as society crumbles around them. With all communications with the outside world cut off, no one knows what’s happening. To make matters worse there are intelligent, fast-moving, bloodthirsty creatures roaming the city and their numbers grow by the hour. The situation seems bleak as a small group of survivors go deep in the catacombs under Paris to escape the city in flames. The Undying has a story that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. The author gets you to care about the characters by giving a glimpse into their background and then throws them into a situation that seems hopeless. The heroine in the story is Jeanie who is dealing with the loss of her father. She didn’t handle the loss well and came to Paris to visit an old friend to get her life back together.  You feel sympathy for Jeanie because she had already gone through a lot before the apocalypse. Ethan Reid does an excellent job making you care for everyone in The Undying.  I loved the way the author uses flashbacks to make you feel empathy. The setting is great in this book as well.  Two of the characters are Americans, they don’t speak french and don’t know their way around, which adds a lot of suspense to the book. Another great part in this book is when the main characters go in the catacombs under the city. I loved the description of the catacombs and how being in a dark place filled with old skeletons slowly makes the characters turn on each other.  Paris is almost like a character in this book and I felt like I had spent time in the catacombs when I was done with the book. My favorite part of the book was in the beginning as things are first falling apart and one of the characters starts saying what he thinks is happening. Once again we see how the author makes you feel sympathy for everyone as we learn that his wife is in a hospital that has lost power close by and she is having a baby. You start to see how hopeless their situation is but at the same time they have to do what’s right and get to the woman and baby. The Undying has some great characters, suspenseful moments and a great setting. The one problem I had with it was that it needed more action. Early on we find out that  zombie/vampire hybrids are walking the streets, but they don’t have a big part until the end. However I did like how they are introduced and how only one of the characters notices them at first. The Undying is a book that preys on your emotions, it might not have much action but it makes up for it in atmosphere and getting deep into everyone’s feelings. If you like books about the apocalypse check this one out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a page turner! I had to put the book down just to catch my breath but couldn't wait to get back to it.
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AMB120 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. The ending may be indicated in the beginning, but for me, the way the author handles each character is well done and leaves you guessing, hoping, and a bit surprised by the way things twist and turn. I'm still wowed by the way Jeanie leaves it with Ben (but no spoilers here!).  People have compared it to The Walking Dead, in that it is more character-driven than gore-driven. But I don’t think it’s a dead-on comparison. That being said, it didn’t bother me one bit to get a different rhythm, and see people still reeling in shock and acclimating to The Big Event, rather than having adjusted already.  And that scene toward the end with Jeanie with the baby and the underground and the holy-crap-bad-stuff-everywhere!! Give a girl a breather, will ya!? I heard there’s a sequel planned and I can’t wait to see how the undying spread and change the landscape for those who survived!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book available on NetGalley I was thrilled. I love zombies. LOVE them. The creatures in this book are not zombies, but that isn’t a big deal. An apocalyptic tale of survival with creatures from space set in Paris sounded amazing. First, I want to start off with the good things about this book. The writing is excellent. I adore Paris and the descriptions were spot-on and made me really want to go back. The concept was unique and interesting, and I was immediately drawn in. The zombie-like characters created by the author were interesting. While I prefer the classic mindless dead, I’m not opposed to other creatures, and these were a scary mash-up of zombie/alien/vampire beings that could have made for such a great book. Unfortunately it takes a long time to get to them. For the first half of the story, Jeanie is the only one who even sees them, and then only three times. Only about twenty-five percent of the way in, I lost interest in the story. There were a couple main reasons for this. One, the prologue takes place months after the catastrophe, and we immediately find out that Jeanie alone lives. It took away a lot of the anticipation. Then, as the story unfolds, I find that I care very little about who lives or dies anyway, because I don’t really know any of these characters. Jeanie is very bland and her only defining characteristic is her inability to get over her father’s death. Zou Zou was a walking stereotype of what Americans envision the French are actually like, and with the exception of Ben, none of the other characters are developed at all. Ben alone was someone I could like and connect with. He dropped everything to travel to Paris with Jeanie, and he was described as her rock over and over again. The one person she could depend on when things got tough. The author even dedicated a few flashbacks and memories to establishing Ben as being strong. Unfortunately, the second the real disasters strikes all that melts away. As Paris crumbled around them, Ben slowly morphed from hero to whiny. He became the constant voice of dissent. The person who wanted Jeanie to leave everything and everyone behind and worry only about her how skin—or essentially, to help Ben save himself. So in essence, the one character in the book I did care about, suddenly became the one who annoyed me the most. Flashbacks in a story like this aren’t unreasonable. In fact, I think they can be useful in character building. However, a lot of these flashbacks were not only ill-timed, but just pointless. We get that Jeanie can’t get over her father’s death and that she feels guilty. It was mentioned a lot, so constantly rehashing it only made the story drag on. Plus, the group spent way too much time just sitting around talking while Paris fell around them. It was beyond ridiculous and unrealistic. Everyone else in the city was panicked and running around, trying to escape, yet Jeanie and her friends break into a restaurant to have a glass of wine. I didn’t get it and it got old. I wanted to find out what happened, I really did, but I was so tired of the group sitting around discussing what to do next or having the same argument over and over again that I had to skim a lot in the middle so I could get to where the story felt like it was finally moving forward again. Even then, I wasn’t really invested. I’m not going to say this was a horrible book, it just wasn’t the right book for me. I prefer a lot more character development and a lot less idleness. I felt like the story was really dragged out with chapters and chapters of little to no progress being made. The synopsis says that this book is for fans of The Walking Dead, but I disagree. Those of us who love TWD love it because of the wonderfully realistic characters and forward-moving plot, neither of which this book had. I received copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.