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Publisher's Summary

Sleet in Mississippi? In March? A crazy ice storm lays waste to the South in a #1 New York Times bestselling author’s invigorating, touching story of one slippery night, an open bar, and total abandon.

For three strangers whose paths will cross, the storm hasn’t even reached its peak. Two of them are the kind of climate scientists no one ever listens to in disaster movies. The third, against even icier opposition, has just moved to the Magnolia State to come out. Soon they’ll all be pushed closer to the edge, where the bracing winds of cataclysmic change can be so wildly liberating.

Jess Walter’s The Way the World Ends is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of a conceivable tomorrow by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Alarming, inventive, intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to, in a single breathtaking sitting.

©2018 Big Text, Inc., Jess Walter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excuse for Political Rambling

There is no story. This is just an excuse for political rambling about climate change, gay rights, gun laws, drugs, sex, the President, racism. Even where you agree with his politics, you'll just want the book to end.

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Boring.

Boring. The juxtaposition of sex and orgies with climate change and gay rights isn’t really compelling.

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spoilers be here

Well written but two distinct stories (young man comes out gay while attending Mississippi State and two climate scientists interview for same professorship at same school) crammed together without a well thought out arch. HEA is contrived. But ... the audio was free.

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Seriously!

I wanted to listen to a book not heard the author’s political views. Move on

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Too many subplots

What started out with potential ended up being bizarrely confusing.

We have Anna who really does not want the job, but wants to continue with her long distance partner by moving closer. We have Rowan who is self deprecating and tries to pass himself off as someone else. Then we have Jeremiah who has recently come out and is unsure of what is future holds as he navigates gay culture.

Chaos ensues as a freak snowstorm rages in Mississippi, closing roads and airports, and leaving people stranded. This alarming storm takes place in the Deep South where snow rarely makes an appearance and is in the background of all the human noise as the message that our planet is in danger leaves Jeremiah even more freaked out. Carbon footprints are increasing by those who refuse to believe what's in front of them or the scientific data that backs it all up.

If you are not a fan of climate culture discussions, nor believe that climate change is real, skip this book. If you are a fan of Trump, you may want to skip this book, unless you're able to ignore a few jabs at him. To be honest, if you read this book anyways and you get all in a tizzy, you only have yourself to blame after my helpful hints.

Disclaimer: I read and listened to this short story as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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Ridiculous political claptrap

Could not get past page 20, overly political and that is a shame. Character development was just getting underway, and this author can't help themself with unnecessary overused political jargon. completely unnecessary.

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Unexpected, entertaining take on climate change

Jess Walter expertly crafted intriguing characters who intersect with each other under the umbrella of climate change.

I especially enjoyed each character's individual take on the warming planet, addressing the imminent changes with concern and a dash of humor.

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Ok

I mean, it’s ok. So far top 2 for the series (only 1 left) Bc of characters and criticism of apathy -

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Good story

A quick easy read with a message. I liked it for my commute too work.

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Great story!

Made me think and made me laugh out loud! The reader did a good job with the material.