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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2005 Edition edition (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192754378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192754370
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Bowler was born in Leigh-on-Sea, the setting of his first novel, Midget. After studying Swedish at University, he worked in forestry, the timber trade, teaching and translating before becoming a full-time writer. He has written sixteen novels and won fifteen awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal for River Boy.

He has been described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'the master of the psychological thriller' and by the Independent as 'one of the truly individual voices in British teenage fiction'.

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one of the truly individual voices of British teenage fiction (The Independent)

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A gripping and scintillating novel from best-selling author Tim Bowler, for the first time in paperback

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
Each Bowler novel lives in the grey border between hard-edged realism and plausible fantasy and Apocalypse is no different. Passages of this book are among the most powerful he has ever written and they hit home like bare knuckles - pain everywhere. While not as emotionally satisfying as his previous novel, Starseeker, there is still loads to admire and the page-turning narrative really keeps things pumping along. It's a gritty read though so if you're of a nervous disposition you might be better off with Abigail the Breezy Fairy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a great fan of Tim Bowler. I have enjoyed all of his books. He doesn't flinch from working with challenging themes and issues. Apocalypse is one of his darker books and captures the essence of the current issues that have resulted in recent tragic events around the world. He challenges our views of right and wrong at many different levels: the extreme physical and emotional pain that that Kit has to endure from others, the intolerance that can be found in some belief systems and ultimatley the nature of good and evil. These are issues we are all faced with in such a volatile world.
It is also a good read, gripping from start to finish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I found this book exiting from beginning to end.
Having the main character being quite weak and helpless helps you to relate to him. So much description just helps to bring this story to life and leaves an imprint in your mind for quite a while.
This story is religiously based and needs you to think a lot to understand the ending.
I was satisfied with the ending and it explained everything to me as i wished. It also gave the impression that you are your own God and many people may doubt that but you have to find out for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
I had only read one other book by Tim Bowler (Starseeker). I loved it and regarded it as the best book of that particular year. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading one of his other novels but I grabbed Apocalypse from the store shelf almost randomly. It was a good read, until the end came!

Kit and his parents are sailing around near what one assumes to be the Northwest Coast of Scotland in their boat the Windflower. Kit has been suffering from vivid nightmares and a fog unlike no other engulfs the boat. While steering, Kit sees a model boat floating in the sea, he reaches over to inspect it and sees what appears to be a man with his own (admittedly ugly - he has a large black birthmark down his face and neck) face clutching the boat from beneath the waves. His momentary lapse in concentration causes the Windflower to crash into a huge rock and they end up run aground on a nearby island.

The island isn't so big so they go off in look for help. Kit sees the strange man (who is constantly naked for some reason), bruised and beaten, trying to pull himself out of the water down on the beach. His parents don't believe him and continue their search for inhabitants.

They find them. But they are less than welcoming. And a lynch mob almost chases them off the island before a wise elder gives them the chance to heave-ho by themselves. That night Kit's parents disappear and he is left to scour the island on his own looking for them.

He meets a 15-year-old girl called Ula who is an outcast among the islanders.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr P K Nixon on 17 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This startling book lifts Tim Bowler's work onto to a new plane, and confirms him as one of Britain's foremost writers for young people. It an epic allegory of endurance, human fortitude and love. The hero, Kit, is pitched into a brutal and almost non-stop battle with elemental forces and prejudice, when he is tossed onto a remote and inhospitable island and subjected to experiences beyond belief. It is at once a tremendous story, flint-hard and relentlessly driven, shot through with heart stopping emotion - but it is also beautifully written in an intense, bleak poetic prose, resonant with intriguing enigmas. It resonates with symbols, yet remains firmly grounded in physical reality. The closest reading experience I can recall is William Golding at his finest: 'Pincher Martin' in particular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ana C. Mackenzie on 15 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
i tried this book when tim Bowler came to my school and signed it. i thought it was very good. it is full of excitement and suspense and the twist at the end just finishes it off nicely. i think that anyone can read it and enjoy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Leola on 29 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read only two other Tim Bowler novels- Starseeker and Storm Catchers- and enjoyed them both immensely, so I had high hopes for Apocalypse. Sadly, I was disappointed. The beginning was good, it got me interested and looked promising; the middle put me to sleep, almost to the point when I contemplated giving up; but the end was just plain confusing.

The story follows Kit and his parents as they are stranded on an uncharted island, with some inhospitable islanders. Like I said the start was good but then in the middle it felt like nothing happened and everything happened. I think that half the book was just kit thinking how bad everything was and how he wanted to die. Repetitive. At one point I thought 'fine die then, just stop complaining!'

The climax happened quite early but it didn't feel much like a climax. I kept waiting for the real thing to happen but it never came. Then, right at the end, it starts getting interesting and it stops. The best part of the book is the last few pages. They started to get you thinking, wondering, questioning... And the mysteries start to be explained but then they aren't, and you're left there almost having to come up with your own ending. Now, I like a story that can make you think but ideally I want a rounded ending.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Apocalypse. I liked the religious and the almost philosophical side to the story, and the touch of mystery it offered. But I found most of the characters annoying and not particularly realistic, and the ending could have done with a few more loose ends being tired up. It is worth a read but I think Bowler has done better.
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