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Gripping post-apocalyptic tale
on 20 February 2013
I was recommended this book by a friend, and must remember to thank him. This was a terrific read. Set in Britain after a terrifying virus has wiped out the global population, it follows a young man who has been fending for himself since the plague.
The author paints a compelling and disturbingly realistic picture of life for the lone survivor of a disaster. A lot of the story focuses on the daily struggle to survive and stay sane with no human interaction. The author makes what could have been too grim and oppressive a scenario actually very readable, thanks to an identifiable "boy next door" central character and some terrific detail to make the world of the story real. I could see and feel the changes to towns and the environment, and also enjoyed the idea that the hero will have read or seen many of the stories of the end of the world before it happened to him for real.
I ended up staying awake late into the night to finish the book, as the story built to a nicely-judged ending. I would recommend this to anyone who fancies something a bit different, or fans of this genre who want a fresh spin on the end of the world storyline.