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A Departure

A Departure [Kindle Edition]

Tom Ward
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"A shockingly good debut novel about what happens when one world brutally ends and a new world begins. Self-consciously elbows its way into the company of J.G. Ballard’s Empire of the Sun and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road – and like those great books, it will stay with you for long after you have read the final page. A cracking good read that has at its black heart hope, humanity and a dream of escape.
Tony Parsons, International Bestselling Author of Man and Boy

Michael's life is good.
He's in love and about to leave home for university. Things couldn't be better.

Then a natural disaster hits Britain.

With his family and friends dead, and no help forthcoming from the government, Michael sets off, alone, aiming to reach the potential safety of the continent. Along the way, he forges a new family amongst the ruins of England when he is joined by former teacher, David, parish council head, Judith, and Zanna, a student.

As the group travels south, what remains of society deteriorates around them, revealing the darkest aspects of human desire. Amongst so much darkness, Michael must fight to uphold his own ideals.

A tale of coming of age on a road where rules no longer apply.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908910852
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (28 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Ward is a British writer and winner of the GQ Norman Mailer Award. He writes for GQ, Vice, Marie Claire, Huffington Post and Sabotage Times. He is represented by the Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency. Tom has been described as 'Quite possibly the best young writer in the country' by Best selling author Tony Parsons.

Tom can be found on Twitter at @TomWardWrites.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Departure - Why Tom Ward owes me a big aplogy. 24 Sep 2013
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With the amount of hype surrounding this book online, I was expecting big things. I had to wait quite a while between buying 'A Departure' and actually getting round to reading it and, now that I have, I can only say that I have a serious bone to pick with Tom Ward. I feel I am owed an apology. I want Ward to say sorry for three nights without sleep, buffeted by two days where I achieved nothing except flicking through the pages of his book. I want him to say sorry for the additional cost I incurred in downloading a copy of 'A Deprature' for my Kindle, so that I could instantly give my mum a paper copy for her to read. And, perhaps most of all, I want him to say sorry for being so talented as to make the rest of the guys his age question what we've achieved with our lives.

The term 'a real page-turner' has become a bit of a cliche of late, but I feel entirely justified in using it to refer to 'A Depature'. Ward has created a gripping narrative, with each chapter leaving you wanting more, making it nearly impossible to put this book down. Although slightly rough around the edges in parts, he writes with a level of erudite insight and depth of character development that exceeds anyone's reasonable expectations for a first-time novel. This is a book which is funny without being crude, challenging without being preachy, and which inserts itself with relative ease and comfort into a genre which could easily become laden with cliche. Most of all, Ward perfectly captures a boy leaving home on the fraught journey into manhood in a way that raises laughs of recognition in the initiated, without alienating other readers. So bravo Tom, I look forward to your follow-up. And my apology.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"A Departure" is a Post-Apocalyptic novel from the point of view of an 18 year old boy, Michael. The book remains focused on Michael throughout and this makes it unusual in a genre that typically covers many scattered characters, most of which are much older. However, this is not a "teen" novel - the writing itself is mature, although as has been mentioned by other reviewers there is occasional evidence of the author's relative inexperience of the wider world and the effects of ageing in particular - it seems I should be grateful I can still walk unaided as I approach my fiftieth birthday!

I had only a few minor snags worth mentioning. The plot describes how two-thirds of the UK population simply dies one day but the events of the remainder of the novel seem as though it was almost everyone; two-thirds of the UK population dying would still be well over 20 million people alive and kicking but the landscape Michael travels through appears practically deserted. If you assume that there were in fact many more deaths and read the book as though only a few hundred thousand - if that - survived then the events that follow make a lot more sense.

There are some odd illogical elements; petrol stations that could still fill fuel perfectly normally without any power or staff to operate the kiosk controls, a camp of starving homeless people when there was no clear reason for them to leave their homes and supermarkets still full of canned food just a few miles away, characters saying things like "I remember fireworks" when the catastrophe only happened a few months earlier, but generally speaking it flows along very nicely.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What can transpire from mayhem and distress... 4 Jan 2014
By nanjar
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I wasn't sure where the book was going at the beginning since it seemed a bit slow, but the ending came abruptly and quite shocked me, though it shouldn't have! However, the ending does leave plenty of opportunity for a follow up book which may give more explanation of what may have `caused' the apocalyptic incident and why some humans are exempt from the initial effects. Many questions arose during the reading which were not answered for me. What is not doubted is the effect that such a disaster has on the survivors in the novel and how one would have to cope to continue to be a survivor. Michael is intrinsically a nice lad who has to make some unpalatable decisions along the way. I think Tom Ward shows that you don't need to be a tough guy to be the all encompassing hero: in many ways, Michael's naïve nature remains intact regardless of his somewhat unexpected new maturity surge.

When surrounded by such mayhem and distress, having a focus - as Michael and Zanna do at the end - seems almost believable. There is a cast of interesting and well written characters in the novel and sufficient clues to easily guess at what might happen to some of them. The writing style draws the reader into their personalities- distorted as they are by the circumstances they find themselves in, and in part by their own natures. It's not a happy read; optimistic aspects are not generally plentiful or expected in dystopian novels, but it is an interesting read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in Places 16 Aug 2013
By Shani
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I love anything apocalyptic and was looking forward to this debut novel by Tom Ward based on all the good reviews it has received as well as an endorsement from Tony Parsons. It was a good read, well-written in places but in others my attention definitely waivered. The apocalypse and road trips seem to be entwined subjects - which is fine, I like the subject of road trips too but I wasn't overly convinced by this one. I think, in the end, it didn't deliver anything different from other books of the same genre - there was no new angle being explored. Michael I never really felt for, nor Zanna. Judith seemed to speak like a woman much older than 48, which made her unrealistic to me. Also the reason for the apocalypse was only every alluded to - though I appreciate that the story was told from Michael's viewpoint and he's just as much in the dark as the rest of us. The plot ebbed and flowed - the best bit for me when they found a refuge (of sorts) later in the book. Then the writing was excellent. Also the writing regarding Michael's grandfather was great too. I'm wondering if there'll be a second book in the series, certainly the ending suggests there will. Without giving away the ending, a second book I think might offer us a bit of a different take on the subject (and why what has happened has happened) and that I'll be interested to read about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One to make you think
This story was completely up my street. One to make you really think about the potential reality of that situation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ellalucie
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy writing and lack of research
Through a lack of research, lazy writing, and gaping plot holes Tom Ward has managed to take the reasonable notion of a post-apocalyptic road-trip and turn it into drivel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Orr
3.0 out of 5 stars gripping from the start....
Thoroughly enjoyed the start of this book...

It lost me though in the last quarter where the book seemed to morph to a lessor survival story...
Published 5 months ago by s magowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I've just finished this book and have to say I found it excellent. The plot develops well and keeps you wanting to read on, by the end of the book you really feel connected to the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by GRAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
Excellent services prompt delivery nicely wrapped and would use again, not sure of the book itself it was bought for someone else so will have to wait on that
Published 6 months ago by Louise Scanlon
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy debut novel
Tom Ward took a risk, embarking on a debut novel in the dystopian genre. There’s a long history of this type of work, going back even before John Wyndham and Brian Aldiss, the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. Nicholson-morton
5.0 out of 5 stars ace
one of the best stand alone novels I have ever read..thoroughly absorbing pity wasn't longer ,you really get in to the characters
Published 8 months ago by phil
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch.
This book is an excellent read, once started it is hard to put down.
I wiil certainly be looking for other titles from this author.
Published 8 months ago by keith warren
1.0 out of 5 stars Little Underwhelming
I kept waiting for the story to ignite into something better. I found it difficult to have any affection for the characters. Left me dissappointed to be honest.
Published 9 months ago by Brendan
2.0 out of 5 stars A little dull
Found the characters to be either dull or unbelievable - what was Judith all about?? Too many holes in the plot e.g. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Rayner
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