Dystopian · Fantasy · thriller

The End of the World Running Club – Adrian J. Walker

★ ★ ★

This was not a book that I would pick up for myself. My partner is always listening to audio books and when he listens to one that he really likes, he will buy the book version to add it to our book shelf. He kept on going on about how good it was and how much I’d like it. I’ve been watching The Walking Dead lately (which is something that I didn’t think I would enjoy, but I absolutely love it) so the nature of the ‘End of the World/Apocalypse’ did intrigue me.

I’ll summthe_end_of_the_world_running_club_image-minwidth-600arise the plot for you guys. Edgar (Ed) and his wife and children live in Edinburgh. One night Ed is up drinking while his family are upstairs sleeping. When he wakes up, it’s already too late. An asteroid attack is imminent. He then vaguely remembers watching the warnings on TV the night before, however, he fell asleep in a drunken stupor so he couldn’t warn his family. He grabs his family and some fairly useless supplies and they hide in a cellar. They are eventually rescued; however, they are later separated. The book tells the story of Ed’s journey to be reunited with them.

He ends up being part of a small group. I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone who does read it so I’ll be a bit vague from here on.

Here’s a summary of the group Ed finds himself in:

  • Bryce – A large Scottish man who is always either shouting or moaning. I personally found him quite funny because Adrian J. Walker portrayed the Scottish humour really well.
  • Harvey – An Australian man who claims to have run along the entirety of the coast of Australia. It’s no surprise that no one really believes him.
  • Richard – A middle class ex-banker who is also separated from his family
  • Laura – A small Army officer who has been deserted by her colleagues

The thing that I found a bit unsettling about this book is that I hated Ed. I can’t think of another book I have read where I have hated the main character, but I can honestly say that I really disliked Ed. He’s a bit of a slob who doesn’t help his wife with their two children. He literally does the bare minimum. He spends most of the book moaning about how he hurts, how he should have been a better husband and father. It got to the point where I really didn’t care whether he found his family or not. Part of me was even wishing that he never found them.

I found myself rooting for Bryce and Harvey. If you read the book, you’ll see why.

What I will say about this book is Adrian J. Walker’s descriptions of the aftermath of the asteroid attack in Edinburgh and throughout other places in the UK really got my imagination going. It got me thinking: Would I be able to survive something that this? The answer: Probably not.

I’d recommend borrowing it but personally, I wouldn’t buy it. It seemed to me that the ending was too quick and it felt a bit rushed. There were quite a few plot holes and I couldn’t really get over my dislike for the main character. I found myself reading to the end because of my hatred for not finishing books. Truth is, I didn’t really care what happened to Ed either way.

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