I had never heard of this book or author before running across The End of The World Running Club’s description on NetGalley; when I did discover it I promptly requested to read it. Thank you to NetGalley for the book in exchange for an honest review and thank you also to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and to the author Adrian J Walker.
I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic tales and this one hit the spot for me despite the simplicity and lack of insightfulness overall. This was a straightforward tale of a group of men and a woman who had to run across their nation to get to the boats that will rescue them from their shattered homes, left useless after asteroids spent days pulverizing the planet.
The protagonist is Edgar, a 35-year-old disconnected husband, and father who sleeps and eats his life away, and almost slept through the apocalypse but managed to, at the last second, throw his family and a few poorly chosen supplies to last the two weeks in a cellar below their home. They were rescued on the verge of death only to be separated from each other when bunking in a military compound while Edgar, doing his best, was out on a supply run with other men from the compound.
Ed’s journey to find his family is filled with action and adventure as the group meets other survivors along the way. The ending of the story is not at all what I expected and (I feel) is open to interpretation. I don’t normally like that type of ending but I feel it worked well for The End of The World Running Club.
After reading this book by Adrian J Walker I do look forward to reading more work by him in the future.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.
I’m going to try to keep this review short because honestly, I liked this book so much that I could go on for quite a while about how good it was. I was trying to describe it to a coworker the other day and I described it as a season of Survivor mixed with The Road by Cormac McCarthy, minus the prose.
Every other chapter is either Survivor or The Road. The Survivor chapters are in the past and about twelve contestants on a reality TV show called In The Dark, surviving in the wilderness with cameramen following them, with a host who seems uninterested, with challenges and prizes. They don’t know that the only way out of the game is to quit and the last person to quit is the winner. The Road chapters are current and are about one of the Survivors, Zoo, out on her own, still playing the game not knowing what happened in the real world.
What did happen? A flu-like pandemic that killed more people than survived. While Zoo is busy surviving for a TV game show she is also truly surviving in a new world of sickness and death. Using her fire starter and the survival skills that she learned from The Expert, Zoo keeps on keeping on and does her best to complete her last In The Dark challenge by finding her way home.
This book is fascinating and addicting, I had trouble putting it down between reads. I thought Zoo was very likable and I found myself rooting for her throughout the book. Her struggle was more than the game and many of her thoughts resonated deep within me. I found myself comparing me to her, wondering how I would feel and what I would do and what I would think in her situation.
The Last One is an excellent book and a book that I would thoroughly enjoy to see in movie format some day.