Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude.
Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks. The world is in the midst of a strange and frightening transition; something that fell with the red rain is remaking Earth in its own alien image.
Now, Emily alone will bear witness to the terrifying new evolution - and risk her life to outrun it, for the sake of the future and in the name of all that is human.
©2013 Paul Antony Jones (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
If a story in which the primary character is a naive dim bulb who repeatedly takes, what in my estimation are, idiotic, ignorant, short sighted actions, sounds interesting to you then this book might be right up your alley. Personally, I found myself repeatedly saying "idiot" out loud each time the central character did something ill advised or conceived and then had to deal with the consequences of her incompetence. In all fairness, I may not have fared any better in similar circumstances. Hopefully I'll never have to find out.
Had the author written the story with a central character who had a bit more understanding of life in general, this could have a much more enjoyable and interesting book.
I was disappointed in the main character. Almost every aspect of her. I also didn't buy the fact that she couldn't drive even though she grew up in a rural area and not in New York so therefor I felt her plan to bike her way out of harm is foolish and unnecessary. The book also moves at a slug pace. You hear about every single action Emily makes. Even the ones that are unimportant. She took off her shirt and her pants and her socks and her panties (hate that word but they use it) and she put on new panties and shirt and pants and socks.... Get on with it!
The only comparison I have been making this book to is the remaining by D. J. Molles simply because I was reading it at the same time. It is similar in the way that there has been some world ending event. The main character of that book is much more competent and his inner thoughts are not mindless and if they are about an old girlfriend that doesn't change the story in the slightest it goes by fast.
I didn't like the "acting" in this book. I felt it was over done and every time Emily speaks out loud I cringe and picture how I would say it. Her voice is shrill and hysterical every time she raises her voice and it sounds like nails on a chalk board. and her voice is fake when she is talking to other characters. Like how someone would sound on an off brand medication commercial or even an off brand infomercial. "Can the Weston 5000 REALY cook eggs in THREE minutes FLAT?!" Not normal conversational tones.
I must say I was disappointed! This book could have been so much more! The story was good. But the main character is a bit of a mess. And uses her "reporter curiosity as an excuse to just stand and watch whatever is happening instead of doing whatever goal is to be done, drawing out the scene another 10 or so minutes. It left me saying just go! I don't care instead of wanting to know more about what was going on.
This book would be a great movie. Without Emily's incessant and meaningless inner monologue and the narrators horrible acting I think the character's downfalls would be more tolerable. The only reason I finished this book is because it was an audio book. I'm glad I listened to it before Christmas b/c I would have shelved it in no time.
I don't stop listening to many audiobooks in the middle, but this one is a rare exception. I should have paid more attention to previous reviews, but chose to give the book a shot because so many were positive.
The main character is so annoying that I found myself caring little if she made it. The style of writing is so tedious I wanted to bang my head into the steering wheel.
I really just disliked this character. The world is ending and she decides to flee New York City on a bicycle? I've been to New York, I have issues envisioning this kind of thing. It did not come off as even the least bit imaginable for me. Somehow in the preview I missed the fact that this is about aliens and I dislike alien stories but that's probably more my fault than the authors. Nothing about this one I liked. sorry.
I would try another book by Emily Beresford who narrated the book, however I won't be reading any more books written by Paul Antony Jones.
I am currently listening to Night Film by Marisha Pessl and it has nearly made me forget the horrible experience called Extinction Point.
I think the narrator did a fine job with the material she was given.
There is really only the main character, so I would cut her...
Stay away from this book!
If the entire book had only been the first five chapters.
Too much detail, which made it very slow paced.
Yeah, sure. She did a good job.
The story line was interesting, blood rain, all of humanity disappearing, nasty looking aliens, all thumbs up, but it took too long for it to get anywhere
Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.
I try to think of the feelings of writers & so don't often write negative reviews, and since it appears many others have done so I'll just say that, even at a discount, I wondered how this book got made- much less an audio version. Editing and additional drafts with more depth and better character & story development might have made an interesting concept something more...sorry to say, this lacked all the important elements.
And now I have regret.
This book is tedious and unbelievable. The main character is stupid, and the story is nothing but a dry narrative of her foolish actions.
It was a real hate-listen: I finished it only to be able to write a scathing review. But now that I'm done, I don't have the energy.
The deal will be when this novel gets to the extinction point. Was on a commute, and it was the only listen I had. It BARELY beat out listening to nothing. The reader experiences no character development with the one exception of a stray dog. There was no real attempt to link sci fi elements with reality, and the writing didn't allow the reader to suspend reality, resulting in a poor attempt at story execution. Pass it by.
I can't imagine anyone finding this book anything but aweful. It has a great story Idea, but it is so poorly written it should have never been published. The Repetitious use of words makes it seem like the writer was trying to reach a word count.
THe Naration was fine.
This book should not have been published and sold. It will need a complete rewrite.
Eerie, creepy and extremely mysterious. But most importantly, a good tourist's guide to escaping the real world, as we know it. Science fiction at its best! A worthy listen!
I love this book so different to the usual world invaders theme including riding a bike! Ha just love it well done Paul Jones.
"The red rain pours with excitement and terror"
Thrilling fight against extinction by a street wise teenager
The aliens scuttling along the corridor
great pace and tone of voice
I can easily see why this would become a great film
"Very poor written and predictable storyline"
I bought this audio recording because it was recommended by Audible or Amazon's search engine bots for me. Why - I don't know.I'd recently read the exciting and enthralling Robo-apocalyse and Amped by Daniel Wilson and also, Daemon and Kill List by Daniel Suarez.
My true interest is in the coming of a Robot/AI age and how we get on with that. This book was poorly written, written by numbers horror/end of the world schtick. Think "I am Legend" with a woman instead of Will Smith and red goo aliens instead of the rabid, vampire monsters.
Why on earth she chooses a bicycle instead of a car is a mystery. The endless descriptions of clothing and "I think this" "I decided that" were tedious.
It did keep me reading, so it wasn't appalling, but really not very good. Especially as I just re-read Hyperion by Dan Simmons and Player of Games by Iain Banks. I suppose comparing it against them is not fair, but there are a number of modern authors who write exciting and more contemporary stories. This just isn't one of them.
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