At the End

At the EndThis Title Is No Longer AvailableNight Billion Taken Day Confusion Night Billion Taken Day Panic Night Billion Taken Day The Fight For Survival Begins In , The Human Population Borders Billion After The Termination Of The Birth Control Industry, And The Realities Of Overcrowding Have Sunken Into The Minds Of The World Until Billions Mysteriously Go Missing In The Wake Of Civilization S Collapse, A Trio Of Teenage Gamers From Washington Struggle To Endure Maggy, A Strong Willed Intellectual, Leads Darrel And F Lix, Two Shy Geeks, On An Expedition Down The West Coast, As They Search For Answers About The Source Of Humanity S Downfall, Determined To Survive The Deadliest Threat The Earth Has Ever Known A Fast Paced Post Apocalyptic Sci Fi Novel Geared Toward Teen This is a book review based on a free copy from the author Many thanks go to the author for this generosity.The same review is also available in my blog s just face it, for whatever warped reasons which infest our minds, we are drawn to stories of apocalyptic or post apocalyptic scenes, envisioning a future where the end had come and gone, with the survivors living in a world where necessities of life had to be reevaluated and priorities reset in order to get through the days Hennessy s At The End fits into that genre perfectly, and is comparable with apocalyptic blockbusters like The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, although it lacks the grandeur.One liner intro An intense, adrenaline rushing apocalyptic page turner following the footsteps of Gordon Freeman of Half Life 2.Best part Danger lurks every corner, there is no lack of adrenaline pumping events good portrayal of characters made them recognizable smooth switch of style between different character s narrative made it recognizable no ridiculously drawn out love scenes futuristic yet believable technologies with well thought out details.Not so best part An ending that is a little too bizarre the usually unbelievable case where a few untrained teenagers outdo trained soldiers.The End is NighWith the abolishment of birth control, human population bordered at 39 billion at 2048 All this meant naught when billions start to disappear mysteriously without a trace 13 billion were taken on the first day, another 13 billion the next A trio of surviving teenage gamers found themselves fighting for their lives in the wake of civilization s collapse, experiencing first hand whatever they had been playing for real As Maggi, Darrel and Felix tried to escape whatever pursue and horror at their tails, they may stumble across the truth behind the disappearance and they may not be able to do anything about it Or even to survive it.Narrating The EndThe relationship between the flow, pace and plot of the narrative is so similar to certain post apocalyptic first person shooter, especially with gamers being protagonists, that I couldn t help but link them together One which comes to mind in particular is the once popular first person shooting game, Half Life 2, for the reason that the encounters within both stories shared much similarities For avid gamers who also happen to be readers of this novel, At The End might substitute for a novelization of those fast paced post apocalypse games.At The End is narrated through the eyes of Darrel and Maggi, with each telling his her own piece in alternating chapters Hennessy did good here in that both characters are written in different styles to suit the appropriate personalities The difference is obvious yet smooth enough that the reader could immediately observe whose shoes they are in and fall into that pace with the protagonist s thoughts and emotions without breaking their stride and wondering halfway into the chapter who they are following.From encounters with the third kind to saving themselves from humanity itself, the flow of At The End is truly exhilarating, adrenaline pumping and fast paced At every corner danger lurks, threatening to pick off one of them with every turn of the event Even when they succeeded in overcoming the latest barrier or looming danger in their progress, a moment of rest is when the next one strikes, allowing them almost no chance for a breath.The deus ex machina of the story of how they saved the day in the end is a little too lame for me though, bordering on unbelievable To give Hennessy credit through, is the fact that the story buildup is so smooth and the pace so intense that flipping past the page become natural I only notice the lameness of the ending in hindsight when I tried to reread and recall for this review Maybe it was just me, who played too many games with great storyline and greater endings that I set too high a target for the concluding chapters of At The End.The People At The EndHennessy s most believable characters remain the two protagonists whose eyes the readers share Their reaction, fear, love, relief, and sense of insecurity hit deep with each word Each moment could be their last every step and observation readying them for action All these emotions are shared through their words, bringing the reader along in their trail through the dangers of the world.The involvement of love scenes is almost a norm for Young Adult genre, even with the world crumbling around them Nothing could beat the hormones of growing adolescents Yet I am grateful that Hennessy did not draw these scenes out ridiculously, but only involve them enough to show that there are relationships developing between characters, a relationship of which influenced their thoughts and actions as well as the choice they choose to take The world is crumbling around them, and they should be busy surviving anyway On the down side, a problem which plagued Hennessy s story is the fact that the few teenagers survived far better than trained military personnel One could tag that fact to luck, as it was frequently pointed out when this was raised in the story With gamers who spent time online and physical disadvantageous going to know how to aim and shoot straight the first time they get their hands on arms, the trick just got a little too old for me.The World At The EndBeing an engineer, it is hard for me not to notice the envisioned technology in At The End I would say that Hennessy did his homework or is just a fan of technology that he created believable technology that may be in 2048.Electrical vehicles which could run indefinitely with the right infrastructure, weapons which runs recoil less by transferring the impact to other directions, solar power collecting arrays from space These are not alien to us yet as an engineer I could see that these are not that far fetched as well Certain engineering aspects are well thought out, like the case of a silent electric vehicle engine being a boon yet will endanger pedestrians since they won t be aware of a vehicle coming.Such attention to the finer details of future technology puts Hennessy and At The End higher on my score list Most sci fi novels may like to create alien technologies with explanation that put it firmly in the realm of science fiction , such as the well used hyperdrive and force field Hennessy s creation in the story made the world believable, painting a fictional world that could well be true.The End At The EndAt The End may not be the best apocalypse novel out there, but it sure scores above average in my scale For a Young Adult novel, I would say it is doing very good by introducing elements such as believable and detailed futuristic technology which some adult novels should have incorporated With such action and pace, it sure is an intense page turner, guiding my hands past page after page to try to figure out what could happen next And waiting for the death that may rain on the world at the end. My full review I was sent a copy of this book free from the author via a Librarything Member Giveaway, in return for an honest review.As you can see from the description above, this looks like an interesting premise, so I was pleased to receive a free copy from the author I am partial to good Sci Fi and I like the way that post apocalyptic novels can explore society and show character development However, this book left me confused, frustrated and disappointed.We begin the book in the point of view of Darrel and we are told almost at once that the cause of the mysterious disappearances is not all that mysterious huge space craft arrived over all the major cities on Earth the day before the first people vanished Although Darrel has no idea how they were taken, it is obvious that they have been beamed aboard the space ships or vaporized by the aliens It seems that Darrel was spared from his parents fate by some foil that he had wrapped around his bed many years earlier This seemed a pretty groan worthy plot device, but was confirmed when both of Darrel s equally nerdy friends were the sole survivors in their households They team up, wrap themselves in foil, and set off to find out where everyone has gone They discover that some humans have been left behind so that they can be hunted by the aliens who look like six legged lions, which the team nickname alions After surviving a massive explosion and several car crashes I could no longer suspend my disbelief and stopped reading, so I do not know if the trio managed to defeat the alien menace, although I imagine that they do.From the description I was expecting a lot mystery and tension than the book delivered This could have been resolved by placing the teens in a rural setting and disabling the television and radio systems so that they had no idea what was going on We would then have had a much gradual and tense discovery of the aliens and their intentions I also struggled with the teens surviving incidents that would have left them all badly injured and incapable of continuing their journey These seemed unnecessary, placing them in situations of jeopardy through their own stupidity and requiring unbelievable and overly dramatic escapes Surviving one such incident can be ascribed to amazingly good luck, but a series of them reduces my capacity to believe in the characters if they are supposed to be normal humans in a normal universe.The main characters were fairly clich and two dimensional, with the obligatory love triangle to add to the mix They made some very odd decisions, such as driving towards the giant alien ship hovering over Seattle, rather than driving away from it or at least going around the city Although I can understand that teenagers might not make the best decisions in this kind of situation, they did seem to behave in a manner that was inconsistent with their supposed intelligence Their dialogue was very irritating, with an overuse of the terms bromigo bramiga Also, it was also unfortunate that the author chose to use both the characters names and nicknames without any explanation of who was who, so I was often confused about who was being spoken to or about.I also think that it was a serious misstep to change the point of view from one chapter to the next This would have worked well if the author was not using a first person narrative At the beginning of the second chapter it took me several pages to work out whose head I was in This was very confusing and seemed mostly a way of telling us what Maggy was feeling about Felix, which could have been done far successfully by showing us through her dialogue and actions.The book was not without imagination I was intrigued by some of the technology that the author envisioned for this future Earth, which was mostly powered by solar technology I loved the idea that the solar powered cars were too quiet to be safe and so they had to emit fake car noises to stop people being run over However, the solar power did act as a plot device as well because it allowed electrical appliances to work, making survival a whole lot easier than it would be in the same situation today We were told that Maggy had metallic eyes and I wanted to know about that and why she had them Were they necessary because she was blind or had damaged her normal eyes, or were they some sort of upgrade Were they a fairly typical thing or extremely rare and unusual In short, this book was not really what the description promised, and that is always disappointing to discover If a story promises a mystery I expect to read a far bit of it before I discover what the mystery actually is, otherwise I lose the sense of suspense If I am sold a story of teens struggling to endure, I expect them to do just that I do not expect them to simply walk down to the local megamart and stock up on everything they need and suffer no hardships at all because everything is solar powered Throw in some not very well developed characters that do highly improbable things and I am not likely to care what happens to them. Let me preface this review by saying that I didn t hate this book In fact, its a quick read that has some interesting moments that I didn t completely forget about right after I was done reading And I finished it, so there s that.The opening of the book is strong Hennessy creates a pretty cool apocalypse concept of many people simply going missing I also liked that the story begins during apocalypse versus post apocalypse The main character Darrel is likeable enough, although perhaps a little too woe is me at the beginning of the book I m all for letting a character develop into the hero of the story, but it was a little clich just how pitiful Darrel is when you first meet him Hard to root for a guy who s so boring Darrel is also known as Jellyone of the most ridiculous nicknames for a character ever, matched only by the equally stupid Tortilla for someone of Latin American origin You could blame Maggy, the character who gives these boys their nicknames, but I m putting that responsibility on the author.Speaking of clich s, all of the clich s were a bit much It was utterly predictable actually The teen protagonists set off of their own to battle the alions yes, you read that right Aliens who look like lions Alions , there is mention of a potential love triangle, they get into some trouble and the military shows up to save the day Only the military can t save the day on their own, but require the help of four teenagers whose only qualifications for doing any sort of military operations are that they play videogames Sigh.The only surprising aspects of the story, once it got going, were the parts of the story that really didn t work because they were so out of place About a third of the way through the book someone the plot turns into an episode of Criminal Minds were two small girls are kidnapped by the child molester serial killer type and the teens have to go save them It was strange.Redeeming qualities are that in the end it wasn t a love triangle, the action is pretty good actually, and the initial concept was strong I just don t know if I can get beyond the silliness to recommend it. I thought this book had a lot of potential, but really feel like there were a lot of holes I finally finished it last night, but honestly, I made it half way through the book with the daily thought of It s going to get better And then, by the time I was half done, I felt like I had to finish to justify the time I had invested There were a lot of great ideas and I really liked some of the plot twists, but almost none were really explored or fleshed out I thought it was strange that the main trio were all saved by aluminum foil but others survived too with only an explanation that the other survivors were left as a source of prey training for the hunter alions Although it was an explanation for the others survival, I felt it was a weak explanation thrown in to show why than three people survived The author also seems to rely a lot on future technology e.g neo plastic to save our heroes regularly I think the book could have been improved by fleshing out some of the better ideas and explaining some of the things he only touched on apparently the whole planet has asthma The characters were likeable, but I did get extremely tired of the constant jumping around of names and by 3 4 of the way through I mentally punched the characters in the face each time they said bromigo When I finished the book, I was notified that this book was book 1 in a trilogy I overlooked that when I started The book seemed to finish as well as can be expected and I am not quite sure where the author plans to go with a trilogy I rarely enjoy trilogies but I am a big fan of dystopian fiction I may check out the next book to see if any of the plot issues are resolved as I think the author has potential.

➟ [Epub] ❤ At the End By John  Hennessy ➩ –
  • Kindle Edition
  • 230 pages
  • At the End
  • John Hennessy
  • English
  • 18 July 2019

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *