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An English Apocalypse explores a world that faces extermination by infected meteoroids that turn people into rabid killer zombies. As I was reading I thought it was ironic that a virus was the cause of humanity’s downfall, but having researched the book, I understand that it isn’t such a coincidence.
We read a record of events by Paul Collins and the journals of Francisco as their paths cross and they end up working as a part of a team to save the human race. I liked finding out how Paul misleads his team initially to get the compound built. I think this adds an aspect of realism to the story. I also enjoyed the practical details at this stage - the effort and thought required to convince people to work on the compound, how they were going to build it and what would be needed to sustain life for years on Summer Haven. I thought these details were a very nice touch that helped to make the plot believable and must have required a lot of time and research by the author. On top of the work towards surviving a potential extinction, there’s interesting character relationships and strong side-storylines that I’m not going into too much detail about to avoid spoilers.
This is a well-written science fiction story with dual narration following Paul and Francisco as life as they know it ends and they try to help their people survive the end of the world. It’s set up with the intention of a sequel and may be of interest to fans of The Walking Dead.
Our world faced extermination by a group of infected meteoroids from space, which carried an infection that turned ordinary people into rabid killers. This is a record of how two estranged twin brothers survived the apocalypse. One brother planned for the survival of our species and made ready for the world to come on a small island in Scotland, persevering despite having to manage the utter disbelief of the people around him. The other, having survived a harrowing cacophony of life events, learned to harness his anger and channel it to help those who survived. Together they faced the abyss shoulder to shoulder.
In the words of Paul Collin:
If you were given advanced warning of a global world threatening event, what would you do? I am certainly not an influential or charismatic leader. How would you begin to plan for the beginning of a world’s demise from the ground up, especially when you have had no germane experience to build upon? It is brutally hard to accept that there is only you that can do something meaningful in the face of a disaster on such a scale. When you engaged your friends, they would say you were insane once they realised that you weren’t playing a joke upon them.
Can you take significant action based upon what is simply a dream or a premonition? It defies all logic. How do you begin to persuade people that the world as you know it is about to end and they and their families need to turn their back on their lives, their careers, their homes and to join you in a quest to build some kind of leaky ark, in which to ride out the tidal wave of an impending catastrophe?
What, in a lifetime of wonderful and bittersweet experiences, would ever prepare you for events such as these? You do what you must with the time given to you. I did some terrible things that I am not proud of, under extreme duress. Does it make me a bad person, when ultimately it led to the survival of our species?
An impossible conundrum that could have broken me; on my bleaker days it nearly did.
One thing that I have learnt in my life, is that change can only be brought about by embracing uncertainty and finding a path to bring talented people that you trust along on the journey together with you as equals and friends. Given the deception I was forced to employ, would my friends and family ever trust me again? Would it matter, if I saved them? But then what if it all proved to be a fantasy, a hopeless pipedream?
Closing date: 31/07/2020
Publication date: 30/04/2020
Publisher: Independently published
|Publication date:||30th April 2020|
|Author:||Paul J. C. Edge|
|Genres:||Sci-Fi and Fantasy,|