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>It's not bad storytelling, sure, it's just so damn depressing. I'd've loved it to end in a bit sweeter note on that point.
I get what you're saying. It's really depressing to think that this could happen and not be considered a bad end.
But for all the shit that happened to them, lost memories included, I think the ending is really a happy one.
For one, Tom and Ruby (and Jay?) are happy just to be alive and be together. Ruby and Tom have obviously grown closer and if Ruby didn't care about Tom to begin with -- which she may have anyway -- she certainly does now. They've put their past behind them and though that may be a high price for their freedom, they're fine with it, because they have so much hope for the future. Their lives together are what matter now. I for one think that's an incredibly happy note, especially contrasted to the aura of gloom and utter hopelessness suffocating most of the story.
And secondly, Ruby and Tom may yet regain their memory. It's implied subtly and through inference, which is how most of the story is conveyed since, short of Bella, we never had anyone just sit us down and tell us the facts. But it's still implied, and perhaps the longer they're away from the influence of that dark place, the longer they're clean of the infection, the more they'll return to normal. So there may be hope of that yet.
Considering they rode off into the sunset with a third survivor in tow and shared a bottle of champagne, I'd say it was a damned cheerful ending.
Especially since Weaver admitted that if only one of them had survived, the last panel was them going to be sadly pouring themselves some champagne, alone.