Hello and Welcome Back! Those of you who have read my blog will know I have recently been in a reading slump. However, I recently was seeing what was new in Waterstones and came across The Quiet at the End of the World. To be honest, the beautiful cover was what drew me in but after realising it was written by Lauren James, I was intrigued. I have previously read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James which I really enjoyed. I actually wrote about it in a blog post here.
Not only did I love this book, it helped me fall back in love with reading. It was one of those books which made me wish I could take a day off work just to read! As a result, I had to share my thoughts on The Quiet at the End of the World with you. So without further ado here we go!
In this story the human race has been struck by wide spread fertility as a result of an illness which spread like the flu. Lowrie and Shen, the main characters, are born from the last two human eggs. They carry the hope of humanity on their shoulders. So just a little bit of pressure for a couple of late teens! You can’t help but love both Lowrie and Shen. Lowrie is smart and witty making her instantly relatable. Shen is calming and a deep thinker.
Set in almost abandoned London, Lowrie and Shen are exploring the flooded Underground network. Lowrie, finds a ladies handbag which turns out to belong to, Maya Wavely. After doing some research she finds Maya’s social media profile. Through her social media post Lowrie learns alot more about the virus, not only the symptoms but also the impact on humanity. Including the rise of robots and the relationship developed between robots and humans.
Then a helicopter crashes into Big Ben. Though initially assumed to be an accident things aren’t all as they seem. Creating a ripple effect which results in alot of truths being discovered by Lowrie and Shen.
A new virus spreads across the population which Lowrie quickly realises scarily reflects Maya’s experience. Understandably they are fearful. Lowrie and Shen worse fears are realised when they end up being alone. With the survival of the human race resting on their shoulders. Can they save us?
This emotionally gripping story makes you reflect over what it means to be humans. As well as bring you face to face with the reality of human fragility.
After reading The Quiet at the End of the World and The Lonliest Girl in the Universe I can’t wait to read more of Lauren James’s books. Have you read any Lauren James books before? If so which one? If not I would love to hear what you are reading now. I’m always looking for new books to read!
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