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Lucy was just nine years old when a deadly virus swept the country, killing most of the population and turning them into zombies. For the past eleven years she’s lived in seclusion with her Uncle Seamus, a prepper who was more than ready for the end of the world. But all of Lucy’s skills are put to the test when Seamus disappears, leaving her to face the harsh winter on h Lucy was just nine years old when a deadly virus swept the country, killing most of the population and turning them into zombies. For the past eleven years she’s lived in seclusion with her Uncle Seamus, a prepper who was more than ready for the end of the world. But all of Lucy’s skills are put to the test when Seamus disappears, leaving her to face the harsh winter on her own. Sawyer went into the mountains to escape his past, and when stumbles upon Lucy in the middle of a blizzard, he doesn’t think he’s ready for the responsibility having another person in his life will bring. Only, Lucy isn’t as helpless as she first appeared, and as they brave the long winter together, Sawyer will soon come to learn that even at the end of the world, there’s more to life than just survival. Novella 46,000 words


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Lucy was just nine years old when a deadly virus swept the country, killing most of the population and turning them into zombies. For the past eleven years she’s lived in seclusion with her Uncle Seamus, a prepper who was more than ready for the end of the world. But all of Lucy’s skills are put to the test when Seamus disappears, leaving her to face the harsh winter on h Lucy was just nine years old when a deadly virus swept the country, killing most of the population and turning them into zombies. For the past eleven years she’s lived in seclusion with her Uncle Seamus, a prepper who was more than ready for the end of the world. But all of Lucy’s skills are put to the test when Seamus disappears, leaving her to face the harsh winter on her own. Sawyer went into the mountains to escape his past, and when stumbles upon Lucy in the middle of a blizzard, he doesn’t think he’s ready for the responsibility having another person in his life will bring. Only, Lucy isn’t as helpless as she first appeared, and as they brave the long winter together, Sawyer will soon come to learn that even at the end of the world, there’s more to life than just survival. Novella 46,000 words

30 review for More than Survival

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Let me start by saying it was a great book, I would have given it a way better rating if it wasn't for how it ended... It felt like there were many questions still unanswered and I felt like the place where it was cut off wasn't the best. It was really good the description of the place, the circumstances, their relationship, but there were a few plot lines that were thrown in, but weren't followed and I felt disappointed by this. (view spoiler)[So zombie apocalypse, Lucy's parents die, uncle tak Let me start by saying it was a great book, I would have given it a way better rating if it wasn't for how it ended... It felt like there were many questions still unanswered and I felt like the place where it was cut off wasn't the best. It was really good the description of the place, the circumstances, their relationship, but there were a few plot lines that were thrown in, but weren't followed and I felt disappointed by this. (view spoiler)[So zombie apocalypse, Lucy's parents die, uncle takes her in, uncle is a prepper and they are able to survive for eleven years without problem, until one day uncle goes to town and disappears. Lucy does her best to survive, but she is overwhelmed and forgets to collect wood, and when she goes out she falls and hurt herself. She is rescued by Sawyer, a guy that also went out before the storm and was caught by it, he hears her scream and goes to help her, he helps her, but she is afraid, she is a beautiful woman and her uncle warned her again and again that most men would prey on her if they find out about her (the reason why she never leaves the cabin). So at first she is afraid, but after some time and Sawyer proving himself over and over, she trusts him, and also feels attracted by him. He had a bad experience, with a girl that could do nothing and depended on him for everything, she was kidnapped by some men, and after that was never the same, until she killed herself. He doesn't want that responsibility again, but then he realizes that Lucy is more than capable to take care of herself, especially when she is attacked by two men and manages to kill them. So after that he finally lets himself be with her and they decide to stay together and build a new life for them. So far everything was perfect, and the book ends up with them being together and deciding to build a life for the two of them, but there are a few things that don't get closed. For example: The two men that she kills were looking for her, they even hint that they killed/kidnapped her missing uncle, and that they weren't alone, but we don't get to know if they keep being a problem or if she is really "safe". Also, her fear of Sawyer going to the settlement, the story finishes before he has a chance to go and we don't know what happened with that. I was ok with not knowing what happened to her uncle, until we got the clue that someone knew about it, after that and all they talk about it, I felt cheated not knowing about it. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charlie ✰ WLTB Blog ✰

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed Kate’s other books about Zombies but this one fell short for me. I enjoyed the characters I really liked Lucy she is so sweet and innocent. I really like Sawyer. I am left with questions though. So I am hoping there might be answered in the next books. Onto the next.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terry Tyler

    I love Kate Mary's zombie apocalypse books, and this one is every bit as good as my favourites in the Broken World series. Lucy was nine when the virus hit, and has spent the past eleven years in relative safety in a mountain cabin with her uncle. During that time, she's grown from child to woman without having experienced any of the 'normal' growing up stuff that girls do. Then she meets Sawyer.... I knew this was a zombie apocalypse book (favourite genre) crossed with romance (one of my least f I love Kate Mary's zombie apocalypse books, and this one is every bit as good as my favourites in the Broken World series. Lucy was nine when the virus hit, and has spent the past eleven years in relative safety in a mountain cabin with her uncle. During that time, she's grown from child to woman without having experienced any of the 'normal' growing up stuff that girls do. Then she meets Sawyer.... I knew this was a zombie apocalypse book (favourite genre) crossed with romance (one of my least favourite genres), and feared there might be too much emphasis on the latter, with not enough to satisfy my devastated world/survival cravings, but this was not the case. It's a terrific story and so well written, I read it over the space of three or four hours, and found it completely unputdownable. The relationship between Lucy and Sawyer was totally believable, and there was lots of info about what the world is like eleven years on - fascinating, and all possible. There's no indication that there will be more about Lucy and Sawyer, but they make a great team, and there is some unresolved stuff going on in the settlement down the mountain, so I hope Kate M is going to tell us what happened next! Great stuff, and nothing to do with the Broken World series, so you can read this without having read any of her other books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Celestine

    This is the first book I've read by Kate L. Mary, despite my affinity for post-apocalyptic books and her prolific publishing in this genre. I ended up liking this book fine, but felt some things were under-developed. The fine things: * The story of how Lucy lands with Uncle Seamus was touching and detailed. * Snippets of isolated life in the winter were interesting and realistic. * The gradual relationship between Lucy and Sawyer was appropriate. They both had reasons, good ones, for holding back. This is the first book I've read by Kate L. Mary, despite my affinity for post-apocalyptic books and her prolific publishing in this genre. I ended up liking this book fine, but felt some things were under-developed. The fine things: * The story of how Lucy lands with Uncle Seamus was touching and detailed. * Snippets of isolated life in the winter were interesting and realistic. * The gradual relationship between Lucy and Sawyer was appropriate. They both had reasons, good ones, for holding back. * Lucy seemed very innocent and young, which I would expect of a girl outside civilization for 11 years. She is also quiet and capable, two gigantic aphrodisiacs for Sawyer. * Lonely, attractive people who have to play doctor....yeah, carnal thoughts certainly help to pass the time. The underdeveloped things: * The zombies. You can't put the words "zombie apocalypse" in the title and then relegate them to a place less than the firewood in the story. * So where are we exactly? My guess is the Boundary Waters area in Minnesota. I think? * The abrupt ending. Is there more? Why not an epilogue?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson

    I wanted to love this story. Because zombies and romance. My two favorite things. But there wasn't no zombies. No walkers, no biters, no nothing. There was romance however. And it was really well done. But it still wasn't enough to make me fall in love with the story. In fact, as we are nearing the end...it just ends. Like one second they are talking about what they were going to do in the future and then...nothing. I would find this ok had it been a cliffhanger and more was to come in the next I wanted to love this story. Because zombies and romance. My two favorite things. But there wasn't no zombies. No walkers, no biters, no nothing. There was romance however. And it was really well done. But it still wasn't enough to make me fall in love with the story. In fact, as we are nearing the end...it just ends. Like one second they are talking about what they were going to do in the future and then...nothing. I would find this ok had it been a cliffhanger and more was to come in the next one. But the next book seems to be about someone else. Now if I do end up reading the next book and I see that they do resurface, I may change my rating. But I am not sure I want to start the next one. I invested my time wanting to know about these folks and feel a bit jipped. MORE THAN SURVIVAL is a well written book and had promise to be even amazing, but in the end it fell short for me. I rated this book 3.5 stars, but I always round up to the next highest star.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vettech

    I sweet love story, yet no zombies in this one.....but they are out there! Lucy has lived a sheltered life since her mother died from the deadly virus that swept over the country at age 9 years.......now many years later she still lives in isolation with her Uncle Seamus. Now alone Lucy must except the fact she is truly on her own. Yet she is no helpless female. Sawyer has been living alone, by his choice, for a long time. Then one day he gets lost during a snow storm, and what he finds changes I sweet love story, yet no zombies in this one.....but they are out there! Lucy has lived a sheltered life since her mother died from the deadly virus that swept over the country at age 9 years.......now many years later she still lives in isolation with her Uncle Seamus. Now alone Lucy must except the fact she is truly on her own. Yet she is no helpless female. Sawyer has been living alone, by his choice, for a long time. Then one day he gets lost during a snow storm, and what he finds changes his life for the better. Can two strangers find happiness in the wake of an apocalyptic nightmare? I loved how independent & strong willed our heroine was in this short story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    Unfinished This book felt really unfinished. They were one moment debating on how they would handle the trip to town and he had yet to search for the Uncle, so no idea what happened there. It could have used another couple chapters to tie up loose ends and an actual zombie encounter or even seeing one would have been nice. Not one single zombie showed its decaying face in this entire novella. So yeah, it needs MORE desperately.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    This was decent. But ... I don’t know. You never see a zombie at all. That wasn’t a huge deal for me but does seem odd. And you don’t really get an ending. I’m not sure if it continues or if the others are unrelated novellas. There’s nothing about it that’s compelling me to read more though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Another wonderful little quick read to fulfill that burning, late night need for zombies and romance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melisa Peterson Lewis

    I am not much of the romance reader but I love apocalypse books and I love a little bit of sexy-ness thrown in there so I decided to give it a go. First off, the back story is interesting and the author does a decent job describing the new world we are in. It's a good hook and I was curious to read more. The story itself is rather typical. Virgin living in the woods, handsome dude comes to the rescue. I didn't enjoy reading "milky white skin" more than once, seemed a little cheesy. However, the I am not much of the romance reader but I love apocalypse books and I love a little bit of sexy-ness thrown in there so I decided to give it a go. First off, the back story is interesting and the author does a decent job describing the new world we are in. It's a good hook and I was curious to read more. The story itself is rather typical. Virgin living in the woods, handsome dude comes to the rescue. I didn't enjoy reading "milky white skin" more than once, seemed a little cheesy. However, the internal dialogue can make up for some of the romantic cheese that some of us love so much. It's a nice short read at a good pace. Though it ends in a place I clearly need the next book because the big question I had, "what happened to her uncle," is never addressed. I'm a plot-driven reader and now I need to know if her uncle is okay or not. The main character, Lucy, has been living in a cabin in the mountains for years, alone with only her uncle. That has an interesting dynamic, but not one you haven't read before in my opinion. What is more interesting is the man that comes into her life, Sawyer. He was older when the world as we know it came to an end. This makes his backstory much more interesting and believable. I like his character more, as Lucy is so out of touch with reality living in a cabin it's hard for me to connect with her. Sure, she can kill zombies, but she's never spoken to another human other than her uncle. Her dialogue often comes across as stuffy and dry, whereas Sawyer is more thought out and easy going. I plan to download book two soon, it's on my wishlist now! Her uncle better be okay! LOL

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shayay

    Listened with Audible. Narrator does a good job. She's a little stiff at times, but gives a clear performance. It was a good listen. Love the setup for this story. Lucy lives with her uncle in a the middle of nowhere up on a mountain because there's zombies on the loose. Lucy has lived in seclusion for 11 years; she's 20 now. She hasn't gone anywhere or seen anyone besides her uncle in all this time. When her uncle doesn't come back when he's supposed to, Lucy needs to survive on her own during a Listened with Audible. Narrator does a good job. She's a little stiff at times, but gives a clear performance. It was a good listen. Love the setup for this story. Lucy lives with her uncle in a the middle of nowhere up on a mountain because there's zombies on the loose. Lucy has lived in seclusion for 11 years; she's 20 now. She hasn't gone anywhere or seen anyone besides her uncle in all this time. When her uncle doesn't come back when he's supposed to, Lucy needs to survive on her own during a horrible snow storm. Sawyer is a 31 year old man, who lives a secluded life in the mountains as well. He ends up stranded with Lucy after he finds her needing some help. Lucy is naïve and sheltered about a lot of things; especially dealing with a man. There's a bit of a slow burn romance going on, while these two learn more about each other and surviving. I love this type of scenario; I find it lots of fun. I liked both characters, and the connection between the two was great. I wanted more zombie action; this story deals more with the dangers from the men that can't control their urges. It's a tough world for all, but there's that extra danger added for women. A fully entertaining story, but the ending was too abrupt. I'm not sure if there's going to be more story with these characters, but I'd like if there was. I still enjoyed the sweet, sexy connection between Sawyer and Lucy. Love the post apocalyptic world the story is set in. Looking forward to checking out more from this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    2OCC Reviews

    Zombie apocalypse? Yes please! For some reason I am so drawn in to the plot and when I saw this cover and the description, I was like YES!!!! Just what I was looking for. Lucy was one of the most resilient heroines I've read. She never gave up even when it seemed like hope was lost and I loved that. Her inner dialogue kept the flow of the story moving at a good pace. Sawyer had more heart break because of what happened to the world. My heart ached for him. He was such a gentleman, and I respected Zombie apocalypse? Yes please! For some reason I am so drawn in to the plot and when I saw this cover and the description, I was like YES!!!! Just what I was looking for. Lucy was one of the most resilient heroines I've read. She never gave up even when it seemed like hope was lost and I loved that. Her inner dialogue kept the flow of the story moving at a good pace. Sawyer had more heart break because of what happened to the world. My heart ached for him. He was such a gentleman, and I respected him so much for that. I love the world building that the author did. Her imagination was an amazing tool when writing this book. It was fresh and different then other zombie novels that I've read. This book is what you would expect from the description but the description doesn't show you the well thought out world that the author built. Overall, I enjoyed it. There wasn't zombies pre say, but it is the world that the author built for us. I loved the romance. There was a small age gap, and it was a slow burn but I found that enjoyable. I can't wait to read the others. I want to know if her uncle was still alive and what other characters are a live in this world. The one thing I can say I didn't like was the really abrupt ending. It just ended really fast. 4stars #2OCCJD

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scarlet

    I received this book via a free promo code and this is my voluntary review. Lucy is only 9 years old when the world ends. A virus has taken both of her parents, killed 75% of the world population and changed the dead into Zombies. It hasn't been an easy transition, but her Uncle Seamus, a hardcore prepper, has kept her safe for the last 11 years. Mostly she's been okay but one day he goes out for supplies and doesn't make it home. A fierce snow storm has her lost and injured, shes saved by a str I received this book via a free promo code and this is my voluntary review. Lucy is only 9 years old when the world ends. A virus has taken both of her parents, killed 75% of the world population and changed the dead into Zombies. It hasn't been an easy transition, but her Uncle Seamus, a hardcore prepper, has kept her safe for the last 11 years. Mostly she's been okay but one day he goes out for supplies and doesn't make it home. A fierce snow storm has her lost and injured, shes saved by a strange man called Sawyer. He was a 20 year old marine when the world ended and 31 years old surviving in a post-apocalyptic world has left him reluctant to take on responsibility for her... not after he failed someone else years ago. As careful as her Uncle had been, people in the nearby settlement have noticed she's up the mountain... alone and unprotected. Sawyer finds himself unable to turn his back on the scarlet-haired beauty. It's been a month since her Uncle was last seen, and the weather has the two of them end up snowed in for the winter together. Slow burn, zero-zombies in this book but the snow has them frozen in the winter months.

  14. 5 out of 5

    RJ

    We are treated to a delightful, sweet love story. Kate L. Mary once again performs a linguistic spa treatment to our troubled hearts and minds. I’ve been a solid fan of Ms. Mary since my first introduction to her endless talent. Every book hits home for me. As I listen, I recall past friendships and relationships. Half the time I sit with a silly grin on my face, my mind picturing the scene, and more often than not, feeling the emotion of the moment. That’s an extraordinary talent for a writer t We are treated to a delightful, sweet love story. Kate L. Mary once again performs a linguistic spa treatment to our troubled hearts and minds. I’ve been a solid fan of Ms. Mary since my first introduction to her endless talent. Every book hits home for me. As I listen, I recall past friendships and relationships. Half the time I sit with a silly grin on my face, my mind picturing the scene, and more often than not, feeling the emotion of the moment. That’s an extraordinary talent for a writer to possess, no doubt enhanced by Amber Morton’s stunning narration. Contrary to the gushing, Ms. Mary may have stumbled slightly this time around. Cliff hangers, abrupt endings, and loose ends have left a little sour taste in fan’s mouths. Although this does seem a bit unusual for this author. The stories in this series did seem to be stand-alone novellas, so I’m unsure if there will be a sequel to this tale. It certainly deserves one. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cc

    Love this novella. Every persons opinion is so subjective so a 5⭐️ rating for me will be different for others, but I just connected with Lucy. Can you (as a female) imagine not knowing ANYTHING about your sexuality? Considering that pretty much everything in our body is controlled by hormones, that would be scary and confusing. Also, the writing is very strong. I can't stand having a storyline that catches my attention and then the dialogue is stilted or the grammar atrocious, not that I could w Love this novella. Every persons opinion is so subjective so a 5⭐️ rating for me will be different for others, but I just connected with Lucy. Can you (as a female) imagine not knowing ANYTHING about your sexuality? Considering that pretty much everything in our body is controlled by hormones, that would be scary and confusing. Also, the writing is very strong. I can't stand having a storyline that catches my attention and then the dialogue is stilted or the grammar atrocious, not that I could write any better, but I'm not writing a book ;). Now, about this author. She's fabulous. I emailed a question concerning the sequel to this novella and she answered, pronto. I love authors that love their fans right back. I've read all the novellas in this series but I haven't bothered to rate, but I'm going to do that today. If she puts that much effort forth for her readers then I'm definitely going to put effort into supporting her endeavors.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dollar Tree Barbie

    This book grabbed my attention from the start. Fast paced and interesting. The way she expresses the tension and desires of young love is captivating. It takes me back a few decades to when I first met my husband. It’s fun to read a book filled with sexual tension instead of jumping right into sex and overly describing the sex scenes as if it’s something new and exciting to read about. Tension, longing, desire, fighting against your body’s natural instincts, etc. those are in fact rare and enjoy This book grabbed my attention from the start. Fast paced and interesting. The way she expresses the tension and desires of young love is captivating. It takes me back a few decades to when I first met my husband. It’s fun to read a book filled with sexual tension instead of jumping right into sex and overly describing the sex scenes as if it’s something new and exciting to read about. Tension, longing, desire, fighting against your body’s natural instincts, etc. those are in fact rare and enjoyable to read. I’ve read my fair share of romance turned “mom-porn” novels and they get old super fast! Why 4 stars? This book contained too many spelling and grammatical errors to ignore. I’ve got to be the worst person ever when it comes to grammar so if I can spot it I know it’s gotta suck for the average person. Ha!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hedden

    More Than Survival: A Zombie Apocalypse Love Story, Book One was another great read by Kate L. Mary. When the deadly zombie virus swept the country, Lucy was only nine years old. The virus killed most of the population and turned them into zombies. Her parents both died during the outbreak and she has lived in seclusion with her Uncle Seamus. Seamus is a prepare who was ready for the end of the world. Eleven years after moving with Seamus, he goes missing and Lucy must put her skills to test. Sa More Than Survival: A Zombie Apocalypse Love Story, Book One was another great read by Kate L. Mary. When the deadly zombie virus swept the country, Lucy was only nine years old. The virus killed most of the population and turned them into zombies. Her parents both died during the outbreak and she has lived in seclusion with her Uncle Seamus. Seamus is a prepare who was ready for the end of the world. Eleven years after moving with Seamus, he goes missing and Lucy must put her skills to test. Sawyer stumbles upon Lucy while she gets stuck in a blizzard. Sawyer and Lucy end up braving the cold winter together and grow closer because of it. I really enjoyed reading Lucy and Sawyer’s story and I can’t wait to read more by Kate L. Mary.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Meg K

    A great quick read More than survival is a post-apocalyptic romance about two people who find love and a reason to survive in the loneliness of living in a world destroyed by a virus and plagued by zombies. Sawyer and Lucy are sweet and complement each other well. Lucy, though inexperienced and mild mannered, is kind of a badass. I loved her character. I was hoping for a bit more resolution at the end but overall, it’s a really good book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    Loved 99% of it.... Loved this book right up until the last page....did the author forget she had to do the school run? Needed to go grocery shopping...forget her deadline till the last minute??? WHAT HAPPENED TO UNCLE SEAMUS? Did the settlement monsters get their comeuppance? Did the get more tea???

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    What happened next? I loved this book, and the only thing that is keeping me from giving it 5 stars is that there are so many unanswered questions. I'm missing an ending that wraps up the loose ends and completes the story. I would still recommend people to read this book, but just be prepared to end the book with a few loose ends. What happened next? I loved this book, and the only thing that is keeping me from giving it 5 stars is that there are so many unanswered questions. I'm missing an ending that wraps up the loose ends and completes the story. I would still recommend people to read this book, but just be prepared to end the book with a few loose ends.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Boo

    Enjoyed but feels incomplete I really enjoyed this book. The only problems I have with it is it fill like it’s not done. I still have questions. What happen to her uncle? Is he dead? Alive? Felt there there more to this story. But as usual I enjoyed the writing and the characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Bartlow

    Received a free audio version of this book in exchange for a review. I enjoyed the book a lot...I love apocalypse books. It is a great start to the series. A few minor issues with the audio in that there are clicks and the last sentence repeats like it was supposed to be edited but not a big deal. Looking forward to the next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nikkita

    Fantastic, gripping story! From the first word to the last, Kate had me hooked. I loved the story of Lucy and Sawyer so much, an accidental meeting to a wonderful love. Starting the next book right away!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim Gauger

    Different in a good way First zombie apocalypse book I have ever read and it out a very different spin on a romance. I really enjoyed it and the characters in this book. Hoping for more of this story

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I loved this story. Sawyer is an awesomely written character. Lucy is innocent yet tough. I love almost all things zombies but they are a definite backseat part of the story. We know about them but this is a love story. A well written love story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    Love it!! Love these characters so much that you lose yourself in their story!! You'll love this one!! It's a must read!!! Love it!! Love these characters so much that you lose yourself in their story!! You'll love this one!! It's a must read!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    fiona

    Brilliant Loved this book. Looking forward to the next. Thank you Hoping the next book will be great and can't wait to get started x Brilliant Loved this book. Looking forward to the next. Thank you Hoping the next book will be great and can't wait to get started x

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    This was short but I still liked it. Some stuff stayed without answers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Twilla Wickedly Sweet and Synful Book Blog

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Awww this was too short. It was just getting interesting when it ending. I liked these two strong people. Where is her uncle? I enjoyed it

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abigail-Alberta Yoder

    I felt like there was not a solid ending... I love the author but she's had better work. I felt like there was not a solid ending... I love the author but she's had better work.

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