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The End of the World Book: A Novel

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This book offers a plan to move from our current death economy to a healthier world that centres and validates Indigenous knowledges.

A layered, Joycean masterpiece that is as much about the power of story and myth as it is about the end of the world and everything after. Actually, they take place post multiple apocalypses, each one a devastating turn of weather that wipes out a healthy chunk of civilization. S. to keep the sea lanes open, simply because of the catastrophic consequences to China of not doing so (which Zeihan vividly describes).

Eventually, the MC personally killed the power hungry bastard after the destruction of the city anyway. In The End of the World Book, all of the individual fragments add up to an understanding of its creator, revealing everything and nothing about him. It all starts in a lab, in which a virus meant to create super soldiers actually creates a plague of monsters—93 years later, the humans left huddle in colonies, hiding from the hunters outside the walls. It wasn’t neatly tied up with a bow but it gave our protagonist his redemption and, after such an exhausting journey, that felt like enough. But if we start relaxing Zeihan’s assumptions of fragility for one system after another, at some point the scenario has to shift from total collapse to painful and complicated adjustment.

I didn't think I was going to like this one with the dark and sudden opening but it was necessary for the story building and if you're willing to let it build you'll be rewarded for it. With a love of books, videogames, animals, art and of course Strawberries there's always something on my mind I just love to discuss. There is a short epilogue, which does suggest one aspect of what happened, but it wasn’t enough for me to feel like I had a final satisfying ending to the Lowrie and Shen’s story and instead I felt pretty down for a while after reading this as I felt almost cheated out of a decent ending. Lowrie and Shen live a generally happy life exploring underground and finding treasures when mudlarking, but when a terrible accident occurs, and none of the adults will say what is going on, Lowrie and Shen begin to suspect that there are certain secrets that have been kept from them for a long time.

But considering the novel’s insistence on the interconnectedness of time and space (and people) and the centrality of the post-apocalypse it does evoke (located at the pinnacle of the novel’s unique structure), I think it’s only fair to count it here. Some of the fight scenes were like reading a Dragonball Z episode, but were well done for the most part. There is very little swearing in this book although the occassional s swear word in English and a swear word in Japanese is used a few times. This book did have a similar feel from the start, of a fast paced novel which did have some good twists.

The story starts as expected: the MC gets the best skills, knows where to hunt to add levels, and moves through the first world. Look you perspective book reader don’t know me, you probably won’t look at the other two or three book reviews I have left, but this book got me.Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition.

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