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.