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A Beginning at the End
A Beginning at the End
A Beginning at the End
Audiobook11 hours

A Beginning at the End

Written by Mike Chen

Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Brotherhood

Four survivors come together as the country rebuilds in the aftermath of a devastating pandemic. A character-driven postapocalyptic suspense with an intimate, hopeful look at how people can move forward by creating something better.

Six years after a virus wiped out most of the planet’s population, former pop star Moira is living under a new identity to escape her past—until her domineering father launches a sweeping public search to track her down. Desperate for a fresh start herself, jaded event planner Krista navigates the world for those still too traumatized to go outside, but she never reaches out on her own behalf. Rob has tried to protect his daughter, Sunny, by keeping a heartbreaking secret, but when strict government rules threaten to separate parent and child, Rob needs to prove himself worthy in the city’s eyes by connecting with people again.

Krista, Moira, Rob and Sunny meet by circumstance and their lives begin to twine together. When reports of another outbreak throw the fragile society into panic, the friends are forced to finally face everything that came before—and everything they still stand to lose. Because sometimes having one person is enough to keep the world going.

Editor's Note

Oddly uplifting…

This book is an oddly uplifting read about four very different people coming together to find happiness after 70% of the population dies from a flu outbreak. Chillingly, Chen’s novel came out only two months after the first known case of COVID-19, and two months before the US issued widespread stay-at-home orders. “Like in the book, we’re going to come out of [the COVID-19 pandemic] with pretty massive emotional scars, and I think if there’s one lesson I absorbed writing it — and one lesson I’d like readers to take away — it’s that some people are going to need more time and space to process this, and we should be kind and understanding for those people,” Chen said in a Forbes interview from March 2020.

Release dateJan 14, 2020

Mike Chen

Mike Chen is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Brotherhood, Here and Now and Then, Light Years From Home, and other novels. He has covered geek culture for sites such as Nerdist,, and, and in a different life, covered the NHL. A member of SFWA, Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife, daughter, and many rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter

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