I was lucky enough to have picked up a copy of ‘The Quiet At The End Of The World’ by Lauren James at the latest Swansea Bloggers Collective, thanks to the generosity of the publishers, Walker Books. It was the first book that I had chosen to read because I am very much in love with dystopian type feel books at the moment, also my fellow SBC blogger buddy Rachel at ‘Rachel Read It’ has dibbed it and can’t wait to read and review! #SharingIsCaring
The Quiet Book (as I shall refer to it during this post) was published on the 7th of March and is available in both paperback and kindle formats. As well as having one of the most stunning covers in my TBR pile BUT the blurb is as stunning! Looky here!
“How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide what to sacrifice to save the whole human race…”
I have to warn you, this book has all the feels so be prepared! The book begins with a rather unusual phone call to the emergency services – an unstoppable nose bleed that appears to be spreading in a somewhat contagious manner. The phone call ends, to which we are then transported to ‘eighty-five years later’. The first two pages stunned me, caught me off guard and excited this blogger in a way that only a good book could… I had to read on.
The main protagonists are lovable duo 16 year old Lowrie and 17 year old Shen. These are two extremely important teenagers, they are the youngest people left on the planet, the handful of residents are 85+ years old. How? I hear you ask, well an unknown virus weaved its way throughout the human race leaving them completely infertile – the only babies that could be birthed were using the means available at through IVF. Therefore, Lowrie and Shen were the last two eggs in storage, there will be no more after them. Very post apocalyptic, in a comfortable way; a read that you can enjoy with a hot chocolate on a rainy evening.
One of the first things about the book was the sobering realism when it comes to ‘what are we leaving behind for future generations?’ I was both blown away and saddened. Lauren included winks at issues including air pollution, rubbish thrown in the Thames, rather than recycled and over population. What would aliens think?
“Well they’d probably think Coca – Cola was a religion, for a start.”
Lowrie especially is melancholy about the legacy that the human race is leaving behind for future occupants of the planets, this was another reason that I loved this book so much. For many reasons, The Quiet Book is so powerful! Although the perspective of the book is mainly from Lowrie, the narrative is opened up further with the use of past social media postings from Maya – an individual who lived at the time when the virus first swept across the world, this allows our female protagonist and of course ourselves to get information of the past events, such as the realisation of infertility etc.
I found myself getting completely sucked in to the storyline as Lowrie and Shen race against time to save the existence of humanity, I felt myself clinging to every word; a well written page turner that will make the reader question life beyond the boundaries of this book. This book has been given the reading level of 12 and up, I know that can sometimes scare off older readers but i’m a 28 year old who bloody loved it! The whole storyline is realistic, sobering and just fantastically human. Plain and simple! I will be raving about this one for a long time to come!
Thank-you again Walker Books for the gifted copy of this beautiful book that I just couldn’t help but fall in love with. Have you ordered your yet? If not, you can purchase it here! Have you already read it? What did you think, i’d love to know!