Her fight begins the day the world ends.
Scarlett Fisher is an average California teenager. She likes hanging out with her friends and talking on the phone. She does all right at school, and she's made the best of her parents' divorce. But in one way, she's special: on her 15th birthday, a fast-moving plague wipes out everyone she's ever known, yet somehow it passes her by.
Her family dead, alone in a corpse-strewn metropolis, she has no choice but to survive. She needs food, shelter, a safe place to sleep. She discovers that an ordinary girl is capable of extraordinary things, and that she's more resilient than she imagined. Even so, she wishes more than anything that she could just find another survivor.
Unfortunately for Scarlett, not everyone who survived the plague is looking for companionship. And she's about to find out just how difficult survival really is.
©2013 Richard Levesque (P)2015 Richard Levesque
I'm usually not a big fan of YA, nor of post-apocalyptic novel. So I would definitely not have picked this book up if it had not been written by an author I've come to love (it was the 4th book by Richard Levesque that I read).
And I'm really glad that I listened to it! Even though it is YA it is still very interesting for an adult. The teenage girl was very mature (maybe even sometimes slightly too much so, with the overthinking of some of her actions - it makes sense in the context that she's trying to not make any mistake, but still, she's just 15, I wouldn't have expected that much maturity and detachment in her reasoning).
I found the beginning a bit slow (but maybe it is just me not liking the description of how the fungus spread and killed almost everyone), but then I was really fascinated by how she managed to survive, how she anticipated what she would need, learned new skills to be ready for almost anything.
I loved the fact that she's a very strong female character. She did not wait for anyone to help her out, did not wait for a 'knight in a shiny armour' to save her, like some female characters in many books do, she just took her destiny into her own hands, and one step at a time did everything she needed in order to survive. She did not lose any time to feel sorry for herself, apart of course some nostalgia of the time before the plague.
And you can tell that the author spent time researching how to survive in a hostile environment, the facts seem to make sense, I did not have any eye-rolling moment when I would find the explanations just silly.
As for the narrator, I found her narration very good, easy to follow, with enough acting and changing her voice for each characters to make the story even more interesting, but without it being in the way of the story. I just had some troubles understanding the people in haz-mat suits, but that's just a very minor point.
In short, I would definitely recommend that book, especially if you like strong-willed female characters, and want to know how she managed to survive without depending on somebody else.
Disclosure: I received this audiobook as a giveaway by the author (no strings attached, not even the promise of a review).
This PA novel was very readable, a quiet gem (despite the lurid pulp fiction cover). A strange creepy plague strikes Los Angeles, and quickly spreads, killing almost everyone. Our protagonist, a girl celebrating her 15th birthday at a Dodgers game, is exposed. She survives the contamination and watches as the world around her dies. The scenes of her outside her best friend's house, as her friends stop responding to text messages, seemed real and scary. She makes decent decisions for survival, and experiences sincere fear, panic, and despair as she wonders if she is the only person alive. In her loneliness,she attracts the attention of more survivors, but the friendly-seeming group are not so friendly after all.
I really appreciated how real Scarlett seemed. Her emotional reactions are careful and yet age-appropriate. She doesn't fall into weepy depression, double-guess herself, act sassy and sarcastic, or look for someone to save her. Even when she meets a boy her age, they are equals instead of her hoping that he is her white knight. She plays a full part in her escape from dangerous circumstances, but she doesn't have special powers or too much luck to be believed. The plot moves quickly in the book, as PA stories usually do. The language is straightforward, yet doesn't leave out descriptive details or small moments of beauty either. I felt very in the moment while listening to the book, caught up in the story. While I would have happily read a sequel, I was satisfied by the ending of the book - and it may have been stronger for it.
I kept thinking that this book is what California (the popular YA PA book from last summer) tried and failed to be.
NOTE: I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was pretty sure that I would enjoy the book, since I very much enjoyed his sci-fi detective noir novel Strictly Analog.
Will buy the next Book in the series and can't wait to re-read this Book with my daughters (apparently age 2 and 5 are to Young for apacolyptic books?)
Not exactly a 5 star book but pretty good actually. Biggest annoyance was the fact she knew of prepper types but when the world was collasping she didn't think to look for material to learn from online. She was more interested in finding out global news yet dropped that quickly too. Odd but whatever. If interested in other fungal outbreaks check out The Girl With All The Gifts. Less of a YA book.
When Scarlett goes to a Baseball game for her birthday, she had no idea that it would change her life forever! She loses everything and everyone she loves. She is among a rare few who is immune to the deadly disease that swept the world and this is her tale.
This is kind of told in 2 parts, the first being the story of Scarlett at the start of the plague and her loneliness and the second part is about Scarlett meeting other survivors and how even then her life changes in another big way.
The beginning does a great job of showing what it's like to lose everything. Scarlett goes from being a normal 15 year old, to a girl alone and trying to survive. The plague is so fast and unexpected that it catches everyone by surprise. People who catch it usually die within a few days.
Scarlett is such an awesome heroine. She is very resourceful and knows what she needs to do. She is only 15 and yet despite seeing dead bodies everywhere, she keeps her cool. She knows she needs food and safe shelter so sets out to find both. I really liked her strength and admired her tenacity.
The second half focuses on when Scarlett meets some survivors. She is even more tenacious this time round because she has more to loose now. She grows up quickly and my heart breaks for her so much during this time.
One thing I have to say is that when the plague was first described and the first man dies, Scarlett says that stalks shoot out of his head and spores blast out from it. I was then picturing people dying with mushrooms growing out of them!! Lol. I liked that the plague is a fungus which I thought was really unique and different!
In all, a really good and different Post Apocalyptic read. It's not the most action packed book but that's because it's a story of surviving the aftermath. It's a story of struggle, of heartache and one of hope.
I listened to the audio, and let me tell you that LC Kane did an amazing job with this book. She portrayed the heartache and loneliness perfectly. She made my heart break for Scarlett!! There are certain times during the book where it felt like the narrator had a tough time fighting back the tears, she really put her all into this book and it showed!!
This is a Young Adult, post-apocalyptic novel! It's not often readers get to witness the world end through the narration of The Girl at the End of the World, you are there to experience Scarlett's shock and disbelief as the world as she knows it simply ends. Lots of excitement from beginning to end.
My best regards to the authors/voice actors who tirelessly provide quality content. Your efforts and visions shared are greatly appreciated
The audio version of "Girl at the End of the World" is enhanced by bringing to life, the characters by LC Kane's wonderful performance. This could be a dark narrative, but is kept light and flowing by having these characters come alive with LC Kane's portrayal of these characters. Very relate-able characters.
There were several memorable moments. Not to spoil the story - the characters have been thrust into a very difficult survival situation. Each character is coming from a different mindset and perspective of how best to survive. The plague is bad enough, How do you survive the survivors?
Great voice. You can see this 15 year old "Scarlette", and hear her voice as a real person. She sounds like a 15 year old. You wonder how you would handle a survival situation at 15. The accents and portrayals were spot on. These characters came alive.
My most noted reaction of this book is one of enjoyment. It is a walk on a sunny day with a really serious situation. Light and fun. Like a zombie movie without the zombies.
Disclaimer - This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. The book has to have a good story line, the performance has to make the characters believable. The reader has to be able to relate, and like the book. The book and performance wins on all counts. Very simply, I enjoyed it. If you are looking for a fun read, vs. an intense zombie blood and gore book, you will like this on a rainy day, or laying on a sunny beach.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
A fungal virus quickly kills off almost everyone on the planet, except for a tiny few who are immune. The victims have psychotic episodes and often act aggressively but they die shortly afterwards, before sprouting mushrooms from their heads.
The story moves rather briskly along, sometimes too briskly; I had to go back several times looking for why she was going to the observatory. If you blink, you miss it. I didn't think there would be much more to it than her wondering around by herself, but later things take a sudden violent turn. Not too violent, its for young adults after all. The story was original and I couldn't predict what was coming.
Scarlett was a character you liked. Her internal thoughts relatable, that's how you would think too! In she beginning she thinks things though, cries, but quickly accepts the situation, even her predicted death. Chad comes along later on. Too bad he is worse than useless though.
The narrator has an "attractive" voice to listen to.
Full stars for a young adult story.
Say something about yourself!
I originally ordered this as a book for my 12 year old niece to listen to on long trips. Being a responsible uncle, I wanted to listen to it first, to make sure it would be suitable for her. I am rather glad that I did. It is suitable for my niece, but aside from that, it is a good listen. This is the classic example of a more-or-less average person who gets caught up in a very abnormal situation--and rises to the occasion.
Scarlett makes a lot of mistakes throughout the book, but she never gives up and eventually prevails. One mistake she did not make was that of making some hard decisions and getting started before things got out of hand. Of course if she had not made those hard decisions early on, this would have been a short story instead of a book.
The 'disease' itself manifests in a fascinating way. Some of the most interesting parts of the story are early-on when the protagonist is making her way in a town that is almost deserted and her eventually learning to be more cautious in this new world.
Some have criticized the narrator in that she sounds too mature for a 15-year old. However, it should be remembered that this reading is in retrospect--she is older and looking back in telling the story. In that light, I thought that the narrator did an excellent job.
Overall, the book moves at a good pace and keeps your attention. It is a very good book for young teens or us "old folks."
"Absolutely brilliant. An end of the world book"
I've not read the print version but the narration was outstanding. The narrator seemed to really get into the story and the portrayal,of loneliness on the part of Scarlett was exceptional. Very good!!
I kind of mentally split the book into 2 and the first half where Scarlett is learning to cope with loss and her new normality was my favourite. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the way it dropped her into meeting other survivors and starting a new life. It's s great book.
No but it's an outstanding performance. I was very impressed by the narrator who portrayed Scarlett and the world within the story in an engaging, entertaining and stand out way!
Being different is lonely. And being special when the world collapses is just damn hard.
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