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The #1 bestselling horror and sci-fi series with over 1,000 5-star reviews starts here with Yesterday’s Gone: Season One. They thought they were alone. They were wrong. On October 15th, humanity went missing. A handful of scattered survivors wake to find the world empty of friends, family, and neighbors. Among them, a child searches for his family. A special agent tu The #1 bestselling horror and sci-fi series with over 1,000 5-star reviews starts here with Yesterday’s Gone: Season One. They thought they were alone. They were wrong. On October 15th, humanity went missing. A handful of scattered survivors wake to find the world empty of friends, family, and neighbors. Among them, a child searches for his family. A special agent turned enemy of the state survives a fiery plane crash with no way to reach his daughter. A serial killer discovers he’s no longer at the top of the food chain. Now these strangers must find the strength inside them to weather the new world. But they are not alone. In the absence of civilization, a new threat emerges. In the stillness, it waits and watches, preying on their weakness. Their only hope is to find more survivors, rise above their fear, and face the oncoming darkness. But can they unite before they too are lost? And can they all be trusted? Season One of Yesterday’s Gone by Sean Platt and David W. Wright is a tense post-apocalyptic thriller that will leave you guessing to the end. Combining TV’s thrilling, episodic nature with the in-depth character only found in novels, Yesterday’s Gone is a new wave in fiction. If you like The Stand and LOST, you’ll love this series that combines tension, intrigue, and fear of the unknown. Get Yesterday’s Gone now and see who lives and who dies! (Warning: This book is intended for mature audiences and contains disturbing and potentially offensive material.)


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The #1 bestselling horror and sci-fi series with over 1,000 5-star reviews starts here with Yesterday’s Gone: Season One. They thought they were alone. They were wrong. On October 15th, humanity went missing. A handful of scattered survivors wake to find the world empty of friends, family, and neighbors. Among them, a child searches for his family. A special agent tu The #1 bestselling horror and sci-fi series with over 1,000 5-star reviews starts here with Yesterday’s Gone: Season One. They thought they were alone. They were wrong. On October 15th, humanity went missing. A handful of scattered survivors wake to find the world empty of friends, family, and neighbors. Among them, a child searches for his family. A special agent turned enemy of the state survives a fiery plane crash with no way to reach his daughter. A serial killer discovers he’s no longer at the top of the food chain. Now these strangers must find the strength inside them to weather the new world. But they are not alone. In the absence of civilization, a new threat emerges. In the stillness, it waits and watches, preying on their weakness. Their only hope is to find more survivors, rise above their fear, and face the oncoming darkness. But can they unite before they too are lost? And can they all be trusted? Season One of Yesterday’s Gone by Sean Platt and David W. Wright is a tense post-apocalyptic thriller that will leave you guessing to the end. Combining TV’s thrilling, episodic nature with the in-depth character only found in novels, Yesterday’s Gone is a new wave in fiction. If you like The Stand and LOST, you’ll love this series that combines tension, intrigue, and fear of the unknown. Get Yesterday’s Gone now and see who lives and who dies! (Warning: This book is intended for mature audiences and contains disturbing and potentially offensive material.)

30 review for Yesterday's Gone: Season One

  1. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    so this is a fast-paced novel made up of six formerly serialized parts, modeled on tv episodes, about what happens after a scattered number of survivors wake up and realize that 99.9% of their fellow humans have disappeared and now there are these horrible monsters scurrying about wanting to eat them, and there are psychic powers and strange dreams and sinister government types too, and the whole thing was so fast & furious that i read my eyes out, really the pacing is often excellent, such a dr so this is a fast-paced novel made up of six formerly serialized parts, modeled on tv episodes, about what happens after a scattered number of survivors wake up and realize that 99.9% of their fellow humans have disappeared and now there are these horrible monsters scurrying about wanting to eat them, and there are psychic powers and strange dreams and sinister government types too, and the whole thing was so fast & furious that i read my eyes out, really the pacing is often excellent, such a driving narrative and so many compelling mysteries, it was so much fun, really, addicting crack type fun, so fun that i ignored the rather horribly trite characters, including a cardboard abusive dad and a cartoon serial killer and a nauseatingly precious & cutesy-poo psychic child and a few supporting characters who are noted as "black" or "asian" and i give the authors points for trying to be diverse, i really do, but then why aren't the white characters noted as "white", well i guess that's just the default skin color, dear reader just assume someone is white unless you are told otherwise, and then, despite the pace still being set at FAST FAST FAST, there was just tons more of that awful so-called characterization, flashbacks & stories being told & lots of dialogue, except it was all so terrible, so trite & overly long & boring, the authors need to realize that characterization is actually their weak point, their soft spot, their fontanelle, that all that characterization began to be a real drag, a real block to my enjoyment, i started skipping all that crap, and then whaddyaknow, it didn't matter that the pacing was often so expert and the mysteries were still compelling, i just got so fucken frustrated that the end of the novel was actually a relief because then i didn't have to read such horribly amateurish attempts at characterization anymore, ugh, finished, over, done, happy sigh. but now i wonder, what happens next?? sorry, Shovelmonkey! i still think you have great taste.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Junkie for the Written Word

    12/11 I'm halfway done with this, erm, season, and I can tell you that I'm already terribly disappointed. For a few reasons: 1) Sweet baby Jesus the number of characters that I don't give a shit about is astounding. I don't know how many actual characters are in these books (20? 25?) but I do know that there are TOO MANY. If they had maybe chosen to go with 3 or 4 main characters and really really developed them I feel like it would have been much better. Instead we get 500 words of a character's 12/11 I'm halfway done with this, erm, season, and I can tell you that I'm already terribly disappointed. For a few reasons: 1) Sweet baby Jesus the number of characters that I don't give a shit about is astounding. I don't know how many actual characters are in these books (20? 25?) but I do know that there are TOO MANY. If they had maybe chosen to go with 3 or 4 main characters and really really developed them I feel like it would have been much better. Instead we get 500 words of a character's POV, jump to another character, then another and another and by the time you're back to the first one you've run out of fucks to give. 2) The prose. I get it. I know and I'm guilty of it myself. Self-published romance authors, such as myself, are told time and time again to dumb down our prose. We're writing for a 5th to 7th grade reading level. We're pulp fiction. But I thought fantasy and sci-fi were exempt from this rule. Obviously not. Unless this should more aptly be categorized in "action" then the rule applies again. 3) I really wanted to like it. Sean and Dave (and Johnny) have a podcast I listen too quite often, and while it's mostly them bullshitting for an hour, occasionally a useful nugget of information will fall between the cracks. I like these guys and I wanted to like their books. :( I'm going to finish it, just in case it takes a turn for the better, but as of right now I'm just really sad that I'm not enjoying it very much. 12/15 So in the five or six hundred pages contained within this book we only advance the plot like... four or five days. Going through so many characters was mind numbing for me and I won't be doing it again. I haven't looked to see how many books total are in this series but if it's going to chronicle a year or two Jesus help us. Also there are few characters I have actually physically hated more than I have Borocio (sp?). Not because he was supposed to be a "bad guy" and I'm supposed to hate him, nope, it was because the authors made him ridiculous. I wanted to scream at him, "SAY BEER BATTERED BULLSHIT ONE MORE TIME! ONE! MORE! TIME! I WILL FIGHT A FICTIONAL CHARACTER BITCH" And his excessive use of ridiculous analogies was a little more than I could handle. Or I mean to say, his beer battered bullshit analogies were more fucked up than a pump and dump pimply prostitute giving a blow job to a priest in the Vatican on the popes lap while singing a Conway Twitty tune and playing dice with a cum covered clown in a car full of Mexicans.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Remember when your mother told you that using a constant stream of constant swear words or dirty language meant you don't have a very good vocabulary? Well, in all but a dozen or so scenes of Yesterday's Gone, the language is fine. So what if there are some four letter words scattered throughout. It's the inclusion of a disgusting, filthy mouthed character named Boricio that made me wonder why the authors thought the rest of their book could not stand on its own. It's almost like he was added af Remember when your mother told you that using a constant stream of constant swear words or dirty language meant you don't have a very good vocabulary? Well, in all but a dozen or so scenes of Yesterday's Gone, the language is fine. So what if there are some four letter words scattered throughout. It's the inclusion of a disgusting, filthy mouthed character named Boricio that made me wonder why the authors thought the rest of their book could not stand on its own. It's almost like he was added after the fact, mixing his scenes in with the rest, because there was not enough shock value in a monster / Martian / mummy-pod-being version of Disappeared. Beyond the vile mind of Boricio and the themes introduced by his character, the obvious writing talent, storytelling prowess, other characters, talking dog, oddly-aging boy, shape-shifting beings, gory fight scenes, weird happenings, and the rest of the unbelievable goings-on, ALL would make for a book that could merit a great review if not for the filth that the Boricio character brought to the party. That's pretty dramatic. And yes, that's how I really felt. None of the good things about this book offset the language and themes the writers introduced and kept bringing up over and over and over through this character. I mean, enough already! I lost my appetite enough in these scenes to last for the rest of my reading lifetime. Yup. For awhile I turned my reaction to this character/theme off, but just kept reading and tried to let the stench roll off me. But after a certain point, and clearly once I found out that any scenes including this character would follow the same vile pattern - and there was no purpose for it - that was enough to make me not want to read any more. And that is really almost impossible to get me to do. Even if your target audience is composed of prisoners or prepubescent boys from the lowest caliber of home life the slime spewed by this character would be appalling. As a book for general audiences, even rated R, it's beyond that. And the themes introduced by this character is the ONLY thing that keeps the book from getting 4 stars. And yes, it's not just gaggingly rank, it is unnecessarily so. Really, REALLY unnecessarily so.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    If I quit books, I can tell you exactly when I would have quit this one. It was at 53%, and I had quite hit my "Ugh!" saturation. I don't quit books, however, so I slogged through endless pages of crap. This book is a giant pile of shit, and every time you think it is as smelly and disgusting as it possibly can get, the authors take another giant dump on the pile making it even grosser until it is completely unbearable. By that, I mean that this book is a humorless, unmitigated series of unfortu If I quit books, I can tell you exactly when I would have quit this one. It was at 53%, and I had quite hit my "Ugh!" saturation. I don't quit books, however, so I slogged through endless pages of crap. This book is a giant pile of shit, and every time you think it is as smelly and disgusting as it possibly can get, the authors take another giant dump on the pile making it even grosser until it is completely unbearable. By that, I mean that this book is a humorless, unmitigated series of unfortunate events that makes it dreary and unenjoyable. By the end, I was seriously experiencing physical nausea at the idea of reading any more of it. As other readers have mentioned, the worst part was the Boricio bits. I could have perhaps put up with it if his role was deemphasized, but the authors were clearly having a rollicking good time writing their serial killer and actually expand his poison into other characters. Fun. Speaking of serial killers, aren't they pretty much by definition psychopaths? Which means that they can't feel empathy, at all? Right, so some of the events toward the end are a stretch for me. Oh, should I say something about all the lurid PA details? They're not fresh. You can see which various books and movies the scenes and characters were borrowed from, so let's add unoriginal to my stack of adjectives. Also, I can't tell if it was difficulty incorporating those borrowed images, or a desire for a stack of red herrings, or if the authors were just making it up as they went along, but the plot was all over the place like a schizophrenic rat. I considered giving this two stars, because the first episode was pretty snappy, but let's be honest. I hated this, and I didn't want to finish it, so for me it is a one-star book. ------- Kindle Lending Library, Feb '13, for Apoclaypse Whenever group.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was fun. Downloaded Season 2 already. Apocalyptic fiction is a guilty pleasure, but hey, it helps me relate to my 14 year old son and his friends really well. I'll never forget the conversation I had with a friend of my son's when he tried to go toe to toe with me on Zombie and end of the world books. He left with a long list and I finally got someone that could discuss my disappointment with World War Z intelligently. Bravo. Anyhoo, this is enjoyable. Everyone disappears. There are creepy s This was fun. Downloaded Season 2 already. Apocalyptic fiction is a guilty pleasure, but hey, it helps me relate to my 14 year old son and his friends really well. I'll never forget the conversation I had with a friend of my son's when he tried to go toe to toe with me on Zombie and end of the world books. He left with a long list and I finally got someone that could discuss my disappointment with World War Z intelligently. Bravo. Anyhoo, this is enjoyable. Everyone disappears. There are creepy survivors (a serial killer, nice touch) and those who are genuinely good. There are scenes that actually spooked me, monsters that scared even his jade 42 year old mom (and let's face it, not much can scare a mom), and characters that are well developed and intriguing. Written in serial form, I wish I would have heard about this series when it first came out. Reminds me a lot of The Walking Dead (without my beloved zombies). Love the cliffhangers and I think it would have been delightfully agonizing to await the next installments. On to series 2.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I relented and actually BOUGHT (yes, you saw that word correctly) the first season. I downloaded the first two parts for free a while back and thoroughly enjoyed them. My annoyance at not knowing how the rest of the story pans out finally got to me and I bought the first season last week. Congratulations Sean Platt and David Wright, you jointly have the honour of being the first downloaded authors to my kindle that I paid for with actual money. Full review to come.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charlton

    One of those books I didn't know I'd like so much.I mean I'd read the blurb and thought this sounds interesting.But within the first 10 pages it pretty much had me. Basically it deals with the U.S.,it doesn't mention any other countries.One evening all the humans disappear.With the exception of a scattered few,NY,MO.,LA.,FL.,CA..With only a smattering of people in each state.And the type of people really varies,from a psycho killer to a man just looking for his wife and son.And all these people a One of those books I didn't know I'd like so much.I mean I'd read the blurb and thought this sounds interesting.But within the first 10 pages it pretty much had me. Basically it deals with the U.S.,it doesn't mention any other countries.One evening all the humans disappear.With the exception of a scattered few,NY,MO.,LA.,FL.,CA..With only a smattering of people in each state.And the type of people really varies,from a psycho killer to a man just looking for his wife and son.And all these people are subconsciously going to the same area. I wouldn't say this is YA apocalyptic because of the graphic violence.There are creatures that have to be killed,or do the killing and it can be messy sometimes. I would definitely recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David Fike

    As much as I hate comparing things to my all time favorite show ('LOST'), this book just in the first episode alone seems to be a perfect mash-up of 'LOST', 'Fringe', 'The Stand', and even a little bit of '24' thrown in for good measure. Simply put: It's AWESOME. I was perusing the Kindle Store this afternoon over my lunch at work trying to find something new to read, and I came across 'Yesterday's Gone'. I wasn't sure how I felt about the serialized nature of the book, but after reading some ve As much as I hate comparing things to my all time favorite show ('LOST'), this book just in the first episode alone seems to be a perfect mash-up of 'LOST', 'Fringe', 'The Stand', and even a little bit of '24' thrown in for good measure. Simply put: It's AWESOME. I was perusing the Kindle Store this afternoon over my lunch at work trying to find something new to read, and I came across 'Yesterday's Gone'. I wasn't sure how I felt about the serialized nature of the book, but after reading some very positive reviews and seeing there are 3 "seasons" so far, I decided to give it a shot. (Not to mention the first "episode" is currently free, which is always a plus). And wow, was I in for a shock - this is awesome. I got about halfway through the first "episode" during the remainder of my lunch, and as soon as I got home from work I immediately pulled out the iPad and finished the remainder of the episode. As soon as that was done, I joined their newsletter/fan group and immediately purchased the entire first "season" (6 episodes, each one about 100-110 pages). It's *THAT* good. I have a feeling that if the pacing, suspense, and intrigue continues at the way it has so far; I'll have no trouble finishing the "season" by Monday morning. It seems almost a crime to reveal too much in a review as it would spoil it for you, but I'll try the best I can... The first episode jumps between a group of several characters that wake up only to find that everyone has inexplicably vanished, with creepy occurences following in their wake. There is the prisoner who wakes up only to find that the airplane he was on has crashed, with no survivors/bodies to be found. Standing in awe amidst the wreckage, another airliner screams by overhead in an uncontrolled dive, exploding in the surrounding woods as if no one was at the controls. Stumbling into a residential area still in handcuffs, he manages to free himself only to find that everything is seemingly abandoned and no one around. The circumstances creeping him out, he borrows a car from an empty home and attempts to put as much distance between himself and the law enforcement he feels must be closing in on him. The serial killer who after a gruesome killing and night of hard partying awakens in New Orleans to find the city completely empty, with even some prominent landmarks simply gone as if they never existed. Stealing an empty police car he sets out for the Mississippi River where he feels everyone must have fled for an evacuation of some sort. Along the way, the static filled radio begins acting very strange.. A group of neighbors in a well-to-do neighborhood outside St. Louis, MO awaken to find their families mysteriously gone; with no trace of them at all. After banding together with one of the richest of the rich in the neighborhood named Desmond (one of my favorite characters from 'LOST' I have to add) who seems oddly prepared for this specific occurrence, they hit the road in several vehicles for Fort Leonard Wood, MO - a large army base where they believe others must have gathered. Shortly into their journey they encounter something that doesn't appear to be quite *human*, and shortly after come across something truly horrifying that changes the entire game... I've left out a couple of characters, mostly because I don't want to give away too much; and secondly because the ones I skipped I'm having trouble coming up with words to describe exactly what the hell is happening in their scenes..LOL And I don't mean that in a negative way - it's totally engrossing, it's just that not enough has been revealed so far to understand exactly what is happening or why; and it keeps you flipping page after page. Mr. Platt, Mr. Wright: My hat is off to the both of you; you have yourselves another hooked fan and I can't wait to see where this goes next.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amethyst

    This is my very first set of books I have read that are a serial; like you get on TV but are now on your kindle, I had my doubts whether I could actually get into a book with the knowing I may have to wait for the next book to be published.leaving me hanging grinding at the bit to find out what has happened to my favourite characters. BUT OMG I love it, you guys absolutely drive me mad, its fast paced, well written and the cliff hangers are the most amazing cliff hangers I have ever read. I adore This is my very first set of books I have read that are a serial; like you get on TV but are now on your kindle, I had my doubts whether I could actually get into a book with the knowing I may have to wait for the next book to be published.leaving me hanging grinding at the bit to find out what has happened to my favourite characters. BUT OMG I love it, you guys absolutely drive me mad, its fast paced, well written and the cliff hangers are the most amazing cliff hangers I have ever read. I adore sci-fi and love post apocalyptic reads and films. You have bundled all my favorite aspects of the genre into these books. Im nearly finished season 2 and I cannot put my kindle down, its glued to my hand...What have you dont to me guys...? The characters are relatable and so believable, I've wanted to yell, scream and shout at the books...no don't do that...do this and have made me feel a whole volley of human emotions within just series one. I did find it at first confusing jumping from one character to another without them joining up or getting together; but now its like having more stories within one and it really works, its nothing like I have ever read. I have my favorite series of the moment, Walking dead...about to finish on season finale this Friday, True blood now waiting for next season and Vampire diaries waiting for next season...and NOW Yesterdays gone you have me clenched to my Kindle waiting for the next series 4 in June...argh!!! I cant wait so I've gone and bought Available Darkness as well as I cant be without one of your book. Brilliant, imaginative, creative and funny in places and I love Boricio and Brent some fab characters within the series and I'm so hoping they dont get killed off? Well yes you can tell I loved these books, I highly recommend this style of reading if you love your cliff hangers and dont get too mad waiting for the next instalments, I find it exciting and such a refreshing change within the book world. Ill add to this review once I have completed series 2 as its a hard series of books to review without giving spoilers away and believe me you won't want to know its the whole excitement of the the seasons series of books. So looking forward to reading more of the series I cant wait, you guys are so cruel leaving such amazing cliffhangers for us.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    Both episodes one and two, which are offered free at Amazon and the author's web site, were pretty good, so I decided to spend the $4.99 for the entire season one of Yesterday's Gone consisting of all six episodes. In case you are confused why I'm saying "season" and "episodes" on Goodreads and not Netflix, it should be noticed that despite the TV vocabulary, Yesterday's Gone is a serial novel that is influenced by TV series like Lost but more so by the serial novels like King's The Green Mile, Both episodes one and two, which are offered free at Amazon and the author's web site, were pretty good, so I decided to spend the $4.99 for the entire season one of Yesterday's Gone consisting of all six episodes. In case you are confused why I'm saying "season" and "episodes" on Goodreads and not Netflix, it should be noticed that despite the TV vocabulary, Yesterday's Gone is a serial novel that is influenced by TV series like Lost but more so by the serial novels like King's The Green Mile, or even more like King's not-so-serial The Stand of which it has some very loose similarities. It was $4.99 well spent. Platt and Wright have concocted a very imaginative post-apocalyptic tale that has plenty of interesting characters and lots of bizarre and scary happenings. The only problem is that it is easy to lose tracks of all of the characters. I would suggest making a list to remind you who's who. The one I never have trouble remembering is Boricio, who may be the worlds' most interesting serial killer (Sorry, Dexter). The novel reads fast and furious with some interesting turns throughout. The authors use a ton of cliffhangers with one in almost every chapter and episodes but leaves the reader with a real "WTF" moment at the end. So why four stars and not five? Nothing except my own critical bias. Yesterday's Gone is basically a summer read or, to use the authors' own TV parlance, a prime time series. There is no heavy message here and no real insight into humanity....no Kurtz's "The Horror, The Horror!" moment...at least not yet. This is pure escapism...nothing wrong with that either. But I also am not really sure where this serial novel is headed. There are so many loose ends it can go anywhere at anytime. Since there are lots of "Lost" similarities, the author might do well to heed the mistakes of Lost's season three where they "lost" viewers because there appeared to be no ending in sight. But this is only season one and the roller coaster has just started. Maybe I'm being too harsh. OK. Four-and-a half stars. Not to mention, I've buying Season Two.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natasa

    This book was awesome, it had so many different elements, so many deeply developed characters but still only one main and biggest mystery plot as in "no one has a clue what's happened to the world and to the people". There is a serial killer who loves killing slowly but fast is awesome as well, a drunk ass stepfather who's making his stepson life miserable every single day, a reporter who lost his kid and wife, a small boy who is more than special and walked many miles in a company of a dog who s This book was awesome, it had so many different elements, so many deeply developed characters but still only one main and biggest mystery plot as in "no one has a clue what's happened to the world and to the people". There is a serial killer who loves killing slowly but fast is awesome as well, a drunk ass stepfather who's making his stepson life miserable every single day, a reporter who lost his kid and wife, a small boy who is more than special and walked many miles in a company of a dog who speaks to him when he sleeps but he's in a form of an Indian until both have found another nice old quirky old man who 'feels' what needs to be done driving around in planes and helicopters, a father of a girl that thinks he's some secret agent who saves a pregnant girl on the way to find his daughter and realizing she looks almost the same as his like his daughter, a mother of a teenage girl who always felt like she knew what her daughter thinks or plans to say or do...most or all people having weird dreams that , places that start loosing part of the building complexes, trees, roads, birds etc. Everything is totally weird and gets more weirder with the government special trained ops picking up people to put them in research facilities and killing affected ones after they get bitten by the monsters/aliens/no one knows what the hell they are... And so much more! I'm really looking forward to the second season of this series, I subscribed to the newsletter from these authors. At the end of the book they offered the first 2 seasons with the subscription (and much more) which totally made me happy since I really wish to see what's happening next. What I really liked is that these 2 authors love any serialized TV shows and decied to write them like this...if I understand correctly they publish episodes weekly (don't know where) and to keep the interest brewing from week to week. As far as I understand, the series is complete and the season six has recently been published. I really recommend this awesome book to all my friends and all Goodreads lovers of a great scifi -horror - paranormal / monsters / goverment conspiracy first novel of a series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    RuthAnn

    i think I've figured this out. The rapture happened but those left on Earth need to work out their daddy issues before being taken elsewhere. whether it's growing up with an abusive or neglectful dad or being an abusive or neglectful dad, this story is drowning in baggage i think I've figured this out. The rapture happened but those left on Earth need to work out their daddy issues before being taken elsewhere. whether it's growing up with an abusive or neglectful dad or being an abusive or neglectful dad, this story is drowning in baggage

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I could not tell you what this book was about it was that bad. Disappointed. .

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Mustache Louie Matos

    Yesterday’s Gone is a serialized post-apocalyptic event type story split into episodes and seasons, the way a television show like the Walking Dead might be divided, and this is Season 1. Like any good show, it features an ensemble cast of characters placed in an uncommon predicament. On October 15th, at 2:15 in the morning, 99 percent of the population seemed to disappear, leaving the other 1 percent confused and in various other states of conflicting emotions. The characters are strong, well-d Yesterday’s Gone is a serialized post-apocalyptic event type story split into episodes and seasons, the way a television show like the Walking Dead might be divided, and this is Season 1. Like any good show, it features an ensemble cast of characters placed in an uncommon predicament. On October 15th, at 2:15 in the morning, 99 percent of the population seemed to disappear, leaving the other 1 percent confused and in various other states of conflicting emotions. The characters are strong, well-drawn, although it’s not quite clear to me why they are the protagonists of the story. Right now, it seems to be clear as to what occurred, but that has not been made definitive (and I will not spoil that for you.) I still have many questions and because you can get the entire series (all 6 seasons) for 99 cents, it doesn’t seem like a risk for me to purchase the entire run. I find it intriguing. The plot is built well. The writers know how to write realistic dialogue and despite myself I’m really liking the dark antagonist. I’m not so sure on the Extinction Level Event, so I will reserve judgment and keep my fingers crossed. I will go middle of the road on this because I still have questions and have hopes it will pay off in the long run.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yzabel Ginsberg

    (I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.) I seldom read serials, and I admit that reading one in the shape of a “novel” of gathered episodes kind of defeats the purpose (all the more since the authors mention their love of cliffhangers at the end), but… nevermind. I was in the mood for post-apocalyptic stuff, anyway. So far, this first “season” isn’t the most original thing I’ve read when it comes to this theme: most people gone, survivors trying to figure out what h (I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.) I seldom read serials, and I admit that reading one in the shape of a “novel” of gathered episodes kind of defeats the purpose (all the more since the authors mention their love of cliffhangers at the end), but… nevermind. I was in the mood for post-apocalyptic stuff, anyway. So far, this first “season” isn’t the most original thing I’ve read when it comes to this theme: most people gone, survivors trying to figure out what happened (with some being really awful chaps), mysterious aliens-or-zombies creatures that may or may not be the reason behind the catastrophe, an infection… It’s part alien sci-fi, part zombie post-ap, and readers who enjoy the typical tropes of such stories are likely to get their share here, although at times it felt like a jumble of subplots more than a structured story, as if the authors were going along with whatever struck their fancy. This may or may not be true; I couldn’t make up my mind about it, as every time some new elements was introduced, I thought “yet another idea…, then “this could still come together in the end, with more seasons to go, depending on what they do, so let’s wait and see.” Truth be told, we don’t get a lot of clues about what’s happening behind the scenes; the hints are more of the gory variety (the worms, people being killed…) The format itself is very TV-like, an obvious goal, and one I was looking for. It wouldn’t be difficult to imagine this serial as episodes, complete with regular shifts from group to group. This worked well enough for me. There’s no shortage of action, and as the focus jumped from one character to another, I often found myself wanting to know more about the one left in a predicament… while also wanting to read about the current focus, that is. There were a few boring parts (I didn’t really like the ones about the kids, the Uno game, etc., as I was of course interested in what the characters would do as survivors), especially in the middle, although the pacing managed to bring me back in again in the last third of the book. The characters are fairly typical of such stories. Survivalists (both good and bad people), some of whom were united by strange dreams and knew beforehand they had to prepare for the apocalypse. An ex-government agent/spook. A pregnant teenager from a conservative family. A father who now regrets he let his work get in the way of his family. A mother trying to protect her daughter. A young man who finds himself stuck, supreme irony, with his abusive stepfather, instead of the latter being dead/gone like most other people. A guy whose last conversation with his now-gone wife was an argument. A kid who meets an old man, the latter taking him under his wing. Even a serial killer. I remained torn about these characters for most of the story: some of them are uninteresting and would deserve more spotlight to be allowed to shine, but others are definitely intriguing, even though not always exploited to their best, plot-wise. Boricio was one of the vilest ones in this story, and yet, in spite of all the revolting stuff about him, especially the way he treated women, he also had a sort of “heroic bastard” side to him, probably because he was written with a humorous, slapstick comedy side; oddly enough, some of his scenes were enjoyable… in a much twisted way--like a train wreck that you can’t help but keep looking at. Edward, too, was fascinating: I still don’t know what’s true about him, what’s make-believe, who’s right about him, and let’s not forget the twist at the end of his arc in this first season. On the other hand, the female characters were a letdown: mostly here to be the object of violence (Callie, Paola after her dream) and/or to be rescued and protected (Teagan, Mary and Paola) by the guys. The only “active” female character is the one in Boricio’s narrative, and she’s clearly one of the baddies, on top of not being developed anyway (Callie is first shown as badass, same in her flashback, but quickly devolves into frightened-girl-in-need-of-protection). And don’t start me on the rape scene, so nicely wrapped and dropped under the rug as a sort of afterthought; that was seriously infuriating. Definitely not the way to write such a scene and its aftermath, to say the least. In terms of writing style, something that bothered me was the use of numbers (it feels really weird to read “20 yards” and not “twenty yards” in a novel – though maybe it’s just me). Another issue was a tendency to resort to “descriptive” sentences (he did this, she did that), which ended up in a lot of cases of “telling, not showing.” Finally, the dialogues also felt stilted most of the time, with a lot of flashback-type narratives when characters revealed what had happened to them; not uninteresting in itself, but told in ways that didn’t feel very natural, as if they were, well, scripted. Conclusion: 2.5 stars. I will likely read book 2, since I also got it through NetGalley anyway, because “Yesterday’s Gone” was interesting in more than one way. But I can only hope that this series will improve in terms of writing style and character development (and that we’ll get actual revelations about the monsters and the shady ops guys).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian S. Creek

    Last year I wrote the first draft to a story that I planned to release in 10 parts. It was planned out much like the TV series I liked watching (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Utopia, Orphan Black). I thought it was a good idea and, although I didn’t look too hard, I couldn’t see anyone else doing it like that at the time. And then I discovered Sean Platt and David Wright of the Self-Publishing Podcast and found that not only was someone else doing it but that were doing it a lot and they were d Last year I wrote the first draft to a story that I planned to release in 10 parts. It was planned out much like the TV series I liked watching (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Utopia, Orphan Black). I thought it was a good idea and, although I didn’t look too hard, I couldn’t see anyone else doing it like that at the time. And then I discovered Sean Platt and David Wright of the Self-Publishing Podcast and found that not only was someone else doing it but that were doing it a lot and they were doing it well. Yesterday’s Gone is available to purchase season by season (as of now there are four seasons available with a couple more planned). If you’re not sure then there is a ‘pilot episode’, a first novella you can try for free. But be warned; like a TV show this taster, this trial, ends on a cliff hanger . . . so you’ve just got to go onto episode two. The book itself (Season One) is a fantastic read. Told from multiple viewpoints, each chapter follows one of the cast characters much like the Song of Ice and Fire books do. Sometimes these individuals even meet up and we get some settings from several viewpoints. Everyone is experiencing the same catastrophe; they all woke up and most of the world’s population is gone. These no real explanation yet and things start getting stranger by the chapter. Despite the fact that it can ‘thin out’ a review, I really don’t want to talk about the things that happen to the characters because it would spoil - a lot. I don’t want to be like that nob from your office who comes in and blabs on about last night’s Game of Thrones, you know, the one that you TiVo’d because you were out at a party and were planning to watch tonight. I’ll just say it gets strange and then it gets stranger. Something that impressed me was that none of the characters can be considered ‘filler’; I never felt bored reading a chapter, desperate to get through it and back to someone I preferred. However it took a while early on to remember each character every time the book returned to them. Before I even started reading yesterday’s Gone I’d heard about a certain character being a fan favourite and I worried that my expectations would be too high when he finally turned up. Thankfully this didn’t happen and Boricio is one of the best characters written in anything I’ve read. Not just for his own thoughts and development but for how he inflicts chaos on the world around him in almost every scene he’s in. I can see actors chomping at the bits to play him in an adaptation. Dark stuff indeed. So, like a TV show, each episode ends on a cliff hanger with the final episode of the season (episode 6) landing the biggest so far. I’m going to take a break between each box set but I am really looking forward to starting season two. If you like to read and you like smashing through a DVD box set in a weekend then put your hands together and try Yesterday’s Gone. Post-apocalyptic done well.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grammar*Kitten

    Post-apocalyptic fiction is a big big love and not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Yesterday's Gone slots nicely into this category. I really enjoyed the concept that Wright and Platt were trying to convey, and the way in which they did so - I downloaded Season 1 all in one go as an Amazon freebie, but I appreciate how the serialisation would have worked for those reading as it was released. features a whole host of eclectic characters, some of whom I enjoyed more than others. I felt that they recei Post-apocalyptic fiction is a big big love and not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Yesterday's Gone slots nicely into this category. I really enjoyed the concept that Wright and Platt were trying to convey, and the way in which they did so - I downloaded Season 1 all in one go as an Amazon freebie, but I appreciate how the serialisation would have worked for those reading as it was released. features a whole host of eclectic characters, some of whom I enjoyed more than others. I felt that they received the right amount of characterisation, but at times there were just too many of them, and I was only getting to grips with who was who and who was thrown together with who by the end of the season - a few less characters in a little more detail would have perhaps been a little more up my street. Considering the very quick turnaround of writing-to-publishing, I can only commend the authors (and their editors/proof-readers, if they used them), as the narrative was relatively free of mistakes and errors - an impressive feat which seems to be beyond most authors - published or indie - these days. I could have enjoyed this series more. I'm not sure I'm able to put my finger on why, right now, and I really only wanted to rate it 3 stars if I'm honest. With a little thought, though, this season, and it's authors, really deserved more credit than this; after all, I will be purchasing the second season immediately. They certainly have me hooked. I'd recommend this to anyone who, like me, enjoys post-apocalyptic literature or perhaps very soft horror. I think it'd be best read in its original intended format, with each episode split up a little, rather than read continuously one after the other like an entire novel as I did!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Perkins

    I abandoned this collection after starting Episode 2. It's a shame, too, because I was so enraptured when I started the series. Folks in America awaken to discover that 99.9% of the population is gone--can't go wrong with that, right? But too many characters and bizarre elements spoil the broth--er, story. I threw in the towel last night. Which is rare for me. And sucky, too, because I still want to know what happens. It's just not worth the massive headache to find out. Maybe if Boracio was remo I abandoned this collection after starting Episode 2. It's a shame, too, because I was so enraptured when I started the series. Folks in America awaken to discover that 99.9% of the population is gone--can't go wrong with that, right? But too many characters and bizarre elements spoil the broth--er, story. I threw in the towel last night. Which is rare for me. And sucky, too, because I still want to know what happens. It's just not worth the massive headache to find out. Maybe if Boracio was removed from the story, I could deal. But he takes the story from a compelling (albeit clogged) thriller to a pointless horror. If you are a Stephen King fan, definitely give this series a chance. There were moments of Episode 1 that thrust me right back into "The Dome," complete with a huge cast of characters, creative language, vileness, and even a serial killer. These authors aren't afraid to take chances in their writing, and that's something I have to respect. I'm going to refrain from giving a star-rating, because I don't feel like it's ethical considering I only made it through the first episode. I don't think this is a bad series, it simply isn't my style. I say give it a chance yourself.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    From the first chapter it held me captive. I was sucked into this story! An amazing story about human strength and perseverance. Each chapter is a different character in the story, each person is distinctly different than the last. Everyone wakes up and the world is as they know it is GONE. Their families, their enemies, everything is gone with out so much as a shutter. Are they still out there? Taken some where? Alive? Dead? No one knows. But people ban together and survive, just as human's hav From the first chapter it held me captive. I was sucked into this story! An amazing story about human strength and perseverance. Each chapter is a different character in the story, each person is distinctly different than the last. Everyone wakes up and the world is as they know it is GONE. Their families, their enemies, everything is gone with out so much as a shutter. Are they still out there? Taken some where? Alive? Dead? No one knows. But people ban together and survive, just as human's have for millions of years and will continue to do. As the story goes you learn the humans are NOT alone. There are 'aliens' walking around, almost hunting the rest of the human's that weren't taken the first round. At first the alien's are slow and clumsy, think of an infant who grows and matures and as they grow they get better control of their bodies. That's what these alien's do. But the end of the book, man you'd better watch out! One thing is for sure, the aliens are after the humans and will stop at nothing to get them....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lin

    Interesting premise, but it seemed a little too much. Not only did the majority of people on the planet inexplicably disappear in one instant, but there are also strange, vicious, oozing, blackened creatures lurking/killing everywhere, a dog with psychic powers, people who predict the future in their dreams, redneck survivalists, a man-child with bizarre abilities, and a raging infection. Take all that, and add in about 20 different "main" characters, in different locations, encountering a varie Interesting premise, but it seemed a little too much. Not only did the majority of people on the planet inexplicably disappear in one instant, but there are also strange, vicious, oozing, blackened creatures lurking/killing everywhere, a dog with psychic powers, people who predict the future in their dreams, redneck survivalists, a man-child with bizarre abilities, and a raging infection. Take all that, and add in about 20 different "main" characters, in different locations, encountering a variety of bizarre events, and it gets pretty bogged down. Toward the end, I was skimming more than reading--looking for the exciting parts, and skipping over the dialogue that all seemed flat, regardless of what was going on or who was speaking. Oh, and lots of editing mistakes definitely detracted from my enjoyment (I'm a grammar prude). This set of episodes was just the first 6. There are two more collections, each with 6 more. I'm not engaged or interested enough to continue, even though the story left off on a "Huh?" moment. In all, not bad, but not a winner, either.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Rockell

    Surprisingly well written. Post apocolyptic societies may be my favorite genre so I tend to be picky. With the exception of the portrayal of a single character, I am engaged in all characters/plot lines. On occasion, it tries too hard to bring in current pop culture references, but it can be overlooked. The authors release the story in sections (episodes), like a television show. I'm glad I am not waiting and can read the entire second "season" at once as I did the first. I don't know if I'll bu Surprisingly well written. Post apocolyptic societies may be my favorite genre so I tend to be picky. With the exception of the portrayal of a single character, I am engaged in all characters/plot lines. On occasion, it tries too hard to bring in current pop culture references, but it can be overlooked. The authors release the story in sections (episodes), like a television show. I'm glad I am not waiting and can read the entire second "season" at once as I did the first. I don't know if I'll buy the third week to week or wait until complete. While the author explains his strong influence of Stephen King, I don't believe people would find this as scary/suspenseful, though it is still thoroughly engaging. I don't know the type of person to recommend this to, but would think it could appeal to a wide audience who enjoy sci-fi, mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    I must have downloaded this when it was free or $1? It appeared on my Kindle one day. Good business model. I am totally hooked and REQUIRE the next installment, which is neither free nor $1. I'm not usually "into" post-apocalyptic stuff, and I usually can't stand reading e-books because of their ATROCIOUS copy editing, but this one got me pretty quickly... great set-up, well-drawn characters (once you wrap your head around how many and the perspective changes), the best parts of horror, thriller, I must have downloaded this when it was free or $1? It appeared on my Kindle one day. Good business model. I am totally hooked and REQUIRE the next installment, which is neither free nor $1. I'm not usually "into" post-apocalyptic stuff, and I usually can't stand reading e-books because of their ATROCIOUS copy editing, but this one got me pretty quickly... great set-up, well-drawn characters (once you wrap your head around how many and the perspective changes), the best parts of horror, thriller, mystery all at once. And the writing is not half-bad. It's pretty seamless for a double-author novel: quite an accomplishment.

  23. 5 out of 5

    DoodlePanda

    *** 3.5 Stars *** I quite enjoyed this audio book. The story is good, the author does a good job in setting the mood, and I am curious about what happens next. Who or what caused the event? Though whether or not I will listen to the rest depends on how many seasons there are going to be. I'm hoping it's not gonna be a "never ending" story like so many TV shows these days... The quality of the audio is very good, I like that the different characters have different narrators too, it makes it easier *** 3.5 Stars *** I quite enjoyed this audio book. The story is good, the author does a good job in setting the mood, and I am curious about what happens next. Who or what caused the event? Though whether or not I will listen to the rest depends on how many seasons there are going to be. I'm hoping it's not gonna be a "never ending" story like so many TV shows these days... The quality of the audio is very good, I like that the different characters have different narrators too, it makes it easier to differentiate between all the different characters. All in all worth a listen!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Neil Bullock

    I am a little bit disillusioned by this. It started reasonably promisingly with a man who woke up to find his wife and son missing. Indeed, most of the world has gone missing. There are some survivors, however, and they gather together in groups and various things happen. Pretty much standard for this kind of thing. My problem lies in the episodic format more than anything. I listened to this from Audible, and the ending is perhaps one of the more annoying endings I've encountered for a book. Thi I am a little bit disillusioned by this. It started reasonably promisingly with a man who woke up to find his wife and son missing. Indeed, most of the world has gone missing. There are some survivors, however, and they gather together in groups and various things happen. Pretty much standard for this kind of thing. My problem lies in the episodic format more than anything. I listened to this from Audible, and the ending is perhaps one of the more annoying endings I've encountered for a book. This entire release is characters moving from one place to another. Literally nothing is resolved as part of this. Nothing at all. And it has the gall to end on a cliffhanger. I struggled with Luca's chapters a lot. I didn't like him. I still don't like him, and I know almost nothing about him. I feel bad for Brent and the random people he's suddenly with. I suspect Edward is more than he lets on. Mary and Paola are interesting but they don't really do anything. Dog Vader dies. Perhaps the most interesting plot line was that of Charlie, Bob, Callie and Boricio. The trouble is, that plot line wasn't resolved in the slightest. I almost resent the sheer number of things that haven't been wrapped up in this release. I realise it's some episodic thing (I have no idea why), but the first six have been cobbled together into a release entitled season 1. If this was on television, I would be very annoyed if I had to sit through it, learning very little, and then wait a year to find out anything at all. I haven't decided if I'll bother with the other stories in this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    The internet, in all it’s messy democratic glory, has opened up the door for not only the exploration of new formats of storytelling but also to once explore formats of old. The notion of the “serial” is nothing new from Dickens,to radio, to television, to comics it is a long lived means of telling a story. In the 21st century the proliferation of the internet, and particularly its mobility, have opened the floodgates for the serial’s return. Sean Platt and David W. Wright are the founders of Co The internet, in all it’s messy democratic glory, has opened up the door for not only the exploration of new formats of storytelling but also to once explore formats of old. The notion of the “serial” is nothing new from Dickens,to radio, to television, to comics it is a long lived means of telling a story. In the 21st century the proliferation of the internet, and particularly its mobility, have opened the floodgates for the serial’s return. Sean Platt and David W. Wright are the founders of Collective Inkwell where they have focused on telling serialized stories. Recently, the duo signed a deal with Amazon’s 47North which is how I came to stumble upon the audiobook version of Yesterday’s Gone: Season 1. I love postapocalyptic fiction, I have ever since I first read The Stand in my teens, so I decided to give Yesterday’s Gone a shot. The novel has an interesting premise: several people wake up one day to find that most everybody else in the world is gone. Each of the individuals who wake up seem to come from different walks of life with seemingly no rhyme or reason as to how they survived. As they begin to explore this new, empty world they begin to encounter strange scenes and horrifying creatures. Season One introduces readers to a variety of characters and, if truth be told, perhaps a few too many characters. Four characters stand out as the most interesting: Luca, Edward, Charlie, and Boricio. Edward, an escaped fugitive at the start of the novel gets more and more interesting as the novel progresses. This culminates in a final and fascinating twist at the end of the novel. Luca, a young boy with strange powers is fascinating and the author’s really manage to capture the personality of a child quite well. Charlie, the son of a single mother with an abusive step-father, is an almost cookie cutter example of a geeky outsider whose anger at being ostracized by his peers and abused by his step-father leave him ripe for suggestion from a charismatic figure. Enter Boricio, a character who readers quickly learn is a serial killer but one with a wit and wisdom that makes his chapters tolerable, though it does not make him any more likable. These four characters form. While these characters to get the bulk of narrative Season One would have felt like a more focued narrative had it focused on a smaller cast of characters rather than the larger cast it does focus. Instead, while the novel opens strong the plot slows to a crawl in the middle third before taking off again as it heads towards its conclusion. Season One of Yesterday’s Gone doesn’t offer a lot of answers about the central mysteries it introduces. It adds many complications and not a few twists and the author’s excel at pushing the boundaries of violence a bit towards the novel’s end. There is a moment in a bathroom towards the end of the novel that had me squirming in my seat. The fact the novel offers more questions than it does answers doesn’t really bother me. The mostly excellent pacing and fascinating premise push the novel forward. This is aided by a fascinating and diverse voice cast who by and large do an almost universally fantastic job at bring the book to life. While the book doesn’t bring any of the “big name” narrators out there, the folks at Podium Publishing have brought together a talented cast and produced a professional and exciting audiobook. Now, I enjoyed the plot of Yesterday’s Gone and by and large I found the characters interesting and engaging. But Yesterday’s Gone: Season 1 has a major problem with the female perspective which by and large seems to be almost non-existent with some exceptions. Women in Yesterday’s Gone seem to be there to be rescued or protected, with very little variance. Mary Olson seems to be there only to defer to mysteriously sexy neighbor and to fret over her daughter’s well being. The closest Season 1 gets to a female protagonist is Mary’s daughter Paola but there is very little time spent with her; not nearly enough for to get a definitive bead on her character. While it happens “off screen” there is at least one rape in the novel. Charlie, who witnesses the GHB-induced rape, misinterprets the scene as consensual and runs off in a huff. So this rape serves as a “turning point” for Charlie and to solidify another character as a villain a fact which was already glaringly obvious. It’s stupid, unnecessary and serves nothing beyond shock value. [Note: I always turn to Jim C. Hines two-part post on writing about rape when I encounter it in fiction. I can't think of any other resource that talks about it. Part 1 and Part 2] Given the above I don’t know if I can honestly recommend Yesterday’s Gone: Season 1. I was definitely intrigued by the mysteries and engaged by some of the characters but there is an unevenness to the prose and a reliance on shock-value that seems a by-product of the form. Platt and Wright arent’s exactly veterans so there is a chance things improve as the series progresses but given the author’s include a “Warning” in the publisher’s summary I don’t think my major complaints will be addressed. However, if you a junkie for postapocayptic fiction that I think you can safely give Season 1 shot.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    I didn't think I'd like the apocalypse theme but I got hooked as I wanted to find out what happened to all the missing people so read to the end. unfortunately there isn't an end and I'll have to keep reading the next book & then the next etc. So disappointing. It literally just stops. I won't read the rest. I didn't think I'd like the apocalypse theme but I got hooked as I wanted to find out what happened to all the missing people so read to the end. unfortunately there isn't an end and I'll have to keep reading the next book & then the next etc. So disappointing. It literally just stops. I won't read the rest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Liz Cee

    This serial-style series is marketed toward those who enjoy Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, and The Stand. Since others have very capably reviewed this book already, I am going to draw some non-spoiler parallels to those books/TV shows to help you decide whether you want to give it a try. Before that, though, you should know that the first 'season' of four (a season comprises of six books totaling around 450 pages) is on sale for 99 cents at Kobo. Each book or 'episode' is avai This serial-style series is marketed toward those who enjoy Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, and The Stand. Since others have very capably reviewed this book already, I am going to draw some non-spoiler parallels to those books/TV shows to help you decide whether you want to give it a try. Before that, though, you should know that the first 'season' of four (a season comprises of six books totaling around 450 pages) is on sale for 99 cents at Kobo. Each book or 'episode' is available as it comes out in serial form for a very low cost. You are getting a huge bang for your buck, here. LOST - YG is episodic with open-ended plots like Lost. Unlike Lost, answers begin to emerge by season two (plus there is no hatch). Like Lost, we have interesting characters where we learn about them in small chunks. GAME OF THRONES - Bloody. Lots of characters (but not nearly as many as GoT). Like the books, they are lengthy, but a very quick read. People are not always who they seem to be at first glance. Also Episodic with open-ended plots. BREAKING BAD - Really, really great characters. Ordinary people put into situations where (they believe) choices are limited. Bloody. Gritty. Engaging plot. As above, episodic yada, yada. THE STAND - Same as above. Epic tome! Good versus evil. Plus the whole episodic thing. THE WALKING DEAD - One of my favorite things about TWD (TV show, books and comics) is that they are not what they appear at first glance. They seem to be a blood/gore fest, zombie killing party. In truth, they explore human nature; what motivates us, what moves us. The lines between good and evil are often blurred. Yesterday's Gone evokes those things. Quite simply, YG takes some of the best things from all of the above. If you like them, you will like YG. Whilst we are on hiatus from TWD and GoT, and while many of us are still in mourning for the end of Lost and BB, this series is a great way to fill your need. This is not high literature, guys, but it is well-written and fun and it tells a really good story in a unique format. I also really enjoy the notes from the authors; they seem like really good guys. Plus they are big fans of the whole episodic yada, yada. If you like those shows and books, give this a try. Hell, give it a try anyway - it is awesome and I am a huge fan! Enjoy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joe Barlow

    Sean Platt and David Wright have crafted one of the most gripping serials of the modern age. Adopting the television model, the duo call each new installment of their story an "episode," and they release their collections in "season" bundles. It works ridiculously well, and like the best dramatic TV shows, it makes the experience quite addicting. "I'll read just one more episode," I kept telling myself, over and over. The story vaguely recalls The Stand and Left Behind (although it's mercifully f Sean Platt and David Wright have crafted one of the most gripping serials of the modern age. Adopting the television model, the duo call each new installment of their story an "episode," and they release their collections in "season" bundles. It works ridiculously well, and like the best dramatic TV shows, it makes the experience quite addicting. "I'll read just one more episode," I kept telling myself, over and over. The story vaguely recalls The Stand and Left Behind (although it's mercifully free of the latter's religious overtones). A group of people wake up to discover that over 99% of the Earth's population has vanished overnight. Anarchy instantly becomes the law of the land for those who remain, and horrifying creatures (monsters? aliens?) begin to appear, adding to the disorientation and danger. Yesterday's Gone Season One is one heck of a roller coaster, filled with fully realized characters, an intriguing setting, and a mystery that becomes deeper with every episode. I'd heard good things about this series for years, but I wanted to wait until the final season (Season Six) was announced before I began the journey, as I like to binge straight through. (I did the same thing with Breaking Bad.) I don't typically like post-apocalyptic fiction, but this is an absolute gem, with some chilling dark horror elements. It's worth springing for the Audible narration, too. The cast, especially Ray Chase as Boricio, is a delight. I'll be starting Season Two right away. The entire first season of Yesterday's Gone is currently free (in eBook form) on Amazon and other retailers. You need to get it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wampuscat

    Welcome to part 1 through 6 of apparently 18 parts total of a story. Yeah, see, novels have beginnings, middles, and ends. They don't have 'To Be Continued's. The story was fairly gripping and kept me interested. The plot was moderately fast paced. Some of the characters were interesting enough to make you like them (I hate to say it, but I was kinda rooting for the really bad guy to kick the other really really bad guy's a$$ at one point). Although, the internal dialog of the character Boricio Welcome to part 1 through 6 of apparently 18 parts total of a story. Yeah, see, novels have beginnings, middles, and ends. They don't have 'To Be Continued's. The story was fairly gripping and kept me interested. The plot was moderately fast paced. Some of the characters were interesting enough to make you like them (I hate to say it, but I was kinda rooting for the really bad guy to kick the other really really bad guy's a$$ at one point). Although, the internal dialog of the character Boricio went way into overkill mode on the usage of the 'how funny and complex can I make a comparative adjective phrase' when talking about his emotions or intended actions. The old writing adage applies here... Show, don't tell. The biggest problem I have though, is that the story ends with no resolution. I know it says it right there in the intro from the authors that that's what they were going for, so I was warned. But... doing that in novel form means you are not done with the novel. I read this as a 'season' because I've devolved into a binge watcher rather than a week to week TV guy. I don't like cliffhangers, and this one just kinda irked me. So, I cheated and read the synopsis of the other 4 seasons and got my answers/spoilers so that I don't have to waste my time reading the next books. The writing was ok, but the format was too off-putting for me. It barely gets 3 stars, and I call it an Incomplete Read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Frustrating and tedious; a fun premise (equal parts LOST and Flash Forward and Spirited Away) spoiled by the serialization and the authors' insistence on focusing on the most awful roster of characters I can remember. I'm sure they think they're clever for turning a sexist serial killer into a protagonist, but they pass off shock value as humor more than actually characterizing him or anyone else. By the end of the 500 pages, the story arc is still firmly in the discovery stage - there's no info Frustrating and tedious; a fun premise (equal parts LOST and Flash Forward and Spirited Away) spoiled by the serialization and the authors' insistence on focusing on the most awful roster of characters I can remember. I'm sure they think they're clever for turning a sexist serial killer into a protagonist, but they pass off shock value as humor more than actually characterizing him or anyone else. By the end of the 500 pages, the story arc is still firmly in the discovery stage - there's no information about what the hell is actually going on, no sense that the narrative is turning toward any kind of resolution, not even a sense of climactic urgency: because the bounds of the danger are never established there is no sense that the characters are ever in the deepest trouble they could possibly be in. It's constant peril in a world without well-established physics and a caricature gooey alien sadist as the… major? Minor? Bad guy. I get that they were trying for a TV show feel, but they literally took the worst parts of Deep Existential Mystery shows (like LOST, which they name drop and it seems like superficially crib a lot from) without having any resolved arc within the bounds of a 'season'. I'm not going to read when there's no demonstrated ability or intent to provide resolution.

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