Reading at the End of the World

We don’t always read about the end of the world set in modern times; the post-apocalyptic setting is typically genre-fied. Here are some contemporary books, published in 2015, about the end of the world as we know it, and what happens when the apocalypse doesn’t meet our expectations. 


No Parking at the End Times

Summary from Goodreads

Abigail doesn’t know how her dad found Brother John. Maybe it was the billboards. Or the radio. What she does know is that he never should have made that first donation. Or the next, or the next. Her parents shouldn’t have sold their house. Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there with Brother John for the “end of the world.” Because of course the end didn’t come. And now they’re living in their van. And Aaron’s disappearing to who-knows-where every night. Their family is falling apart. All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right. But maybe it’s too big a task for one teenage girl. Bryan Bliss’s thoughtful, literary debut novel is about losing everything—and about what you will do for the people you love.

My thoughts: 4 stars. A very through-provoking book about how the choices one family member makes affect the entire family, and how religion can be a negative influence on families; religion can tear apart families and lead people to make bad decisions that affect the well-being and safety of their loved ones. Thought-provoking, clever, and meaningful. 


We All Looked UpMy thoughts: 5 stars.

Imagine if the world was going to end in 2 months. All those imminent disaster by comet exploding the Earth? It’s actually going to happen. Suddenly, Seattle is in turmoil, chaos reigns, and 4 teenagers with tenuous connections suddenly become connected. This is the story of their connections, their attempts not only to survive, but to thrive in the little time they have left.
I absolutely loved everything about this book. Wallach really delivers a knockout debut novel. It will make you think, make you wonder about your own life and the possibilities you’re not taking advantage of. Readers will turn the page not knowing what’s going to happen to the characters, and they will become connected as well. Even when you put the book down, you’ll still be wondering – what if the world ended next week? What would I be doing? Where would I be?
This is a novel that everyone is going to be talking about, and if they’re not yet – they will be once the movie is in production. The novel will also be released with an accompanying album, since the author is a talented musician. Adults and teens alike will fall for this novel, and I hope it creates connections between the readers. I think when people finish it, they’ll all look up and wonder about their own purpose in the world.

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