The End of the World Running Club: The ultimate race against time post-apocalyptic thriller
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It's so sad to me that Walker created a world where so many things could be done and instead there is no depth to these events. But if you're Ed Hill of Scotland, you start running because if you ever want to see your family again, you have 500 miles to cover and only three weeks to do it.
I started running a couple years ago because I desperately needed to do something to stem the tide of quickly approaching middle age. The argument could be made that the book tries to mitigate against this by having two of the running club be from working class backgrounds, but when filtered through the viewpoint of our middle class narrator, they remain different and other to him. She survived the apocalypse with her baby and toddler; she didn’t need her husband then and she still believes she doesn’t need him now. Events from this point seem to lurch from one set-piece to another, with dull interludes breaking up the action.
Still slightly drunk from drowning his sorrows, and in a panic, he throws random items, including his daughter, down into his cellar, and then he and his family eke out a nightmarish existence in the dark until their supplies run out. Adrian J Walker's The End of the World Running Club is a must-read for anyone looking to explore the depths of human perseverance. I'm not saying it's impossible, but there were quite a number of survivors (Gloria and Jenny Rae, for two) that couldn't remember the word "asteroids," were admittedly pretty uneducated and operating at a more primeval and ruthless level of being, yet were not only surviving, but were surviving rather successfully and suspiciously intelligently!
I didn’t understand some of the characters motivations, but I am guessing a character like Edgar wouldn’t care either. In seinem begrenzten, winzigen Universum könnte er der einzige Überlebende sein, abgeschnitten von Informationen aus der Außenwelt.But if I did join a club, it would certainly be to run through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with some new found mates, trying to reach my family before they shipped off forever. Groups of people left alive scavenge houses and towns, turning feral, trying to find what's left to help them to survive. I was rooting for Edgar and wanting to slap him for the majority of the time, equalling a recommended tag from me. Die britischen Inseln (und vermutlich große Teile des gesamten Erdballs) werden von Asteroideneinschlägen zerstört. Between the danger and fatigued described by the author by the runners themselves, I felt so much during this read.
Für das Überleben seiner Familie ist von Ed nichts zu erwarten, in technischen Fragen ist er ein Versager. I really liked the beginning because Ed, the narrator, started at the end of the story with the description of three graves that he was thinking of digging up to prove his sanity. At the end, again focusing on the graves, Edgar made a big point of bringing into question whether or not the events he told actually happened, versus what he apparently believed happened at the end.The novel is a wonderful, harrowing, epic, witty, and emotional story of the apocalypse and one man’s attempt to be the father he wanted to be after the world ends. It was while he was out on a salvage run that everyone else at the shelter was rescued by helicopter and flown to a port where the plan was to send all the rescued by boat to South Africa where there was little devastation. When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts. What I didn’t like: There’s a section about three quarters in where the group ends up in a town and is essentially captured by the woman in charge. The thing I enjoyed most about this novel (and why I picked it up in the first place) is Ed's thoughts on running.