Hey everyone! As promised in my monthly wrap-up earlier today, here’s a review for you!
How far would you go to save those you love?
Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.
Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .
Huge thanks to Walker Books for sending me a free copy of The Quiet at the End of the World! I loved this book a LOT.
This is a ‘soft apocalypse’ book, where the end of the world has come about slowly and non-violently with humans no longer being able to reproduce. Yet I almost found it to be quite scary in its gentleness because it seemed like something that could actually happen. The dystopian stories that have a degree of plausibility are always the ones that hit me hardest.
The world Lauren James has crafted in this book is vividly imagined and pulled me in so completely. There was honestly such a huge level of believability here, while still delivering plenty of elements on the sci-fi front. (I never thought I’d find my dream library in a SFF novel!) The inclusion of social media accounts and messages lends a huge sense of realness to the story and had me feeling so SO invested.
The protagonists, Lowrie and Shen, were both likeable characters with believable flaws. And they have genuinely stayed with me long after finishing this book (usually, and to my shame, I’m very quick to forget characters). I felt equally invested in the characters of the past storyline which is given to the reader gradually. And it would be remiss of me not to mention Mitch. If you’ve read this one, you know who I’m talking about when I say – he is the cutest. If you haven’t read this one yet, you need to do it just to meet Mitch.
Lauren James has crafted an excellent novel here that has truly taken root in my heart. I originally rated this one 4.5 stars but I’m thinking I might up it to 5 because this story has refused to let me go. I love the casual diversity throughout and there were some seriously jaw-dropping twists which I did not expect. I will definitely be reading more from this author!
Have you read anything by Lauren James? Does this sound like the kind of book you’d enjoy? Let me know in the comments! x