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283 pages, Kindle Edition
First published March 1, 2012
"Okay, big boy," she said, when she was finished and confident that was the only wound the dog had received during the fight. "How about I fix us some dinner?
The mention of food seemed to get Thor's attention
"She picked up the bowl, opened a second can for the dog
Emily opened the final can of corned beef and fed it to Thor.
A couple of energy bars satisfied her own hunger
Death was coming for her, she knew and waited. It was just a matter of seconds before she joined Nathan and the millions of victims across the world who had already succumbed to this violent, insidious red-plague. What was strange though was with the inevitability of her death came a serenity of sorts, a calmness within her mind as everything complicated in her life ceased to matter. Her only responsibility now was to wait.I tearless wept for Emily when I read that passage. I was delighted when she managed to pull herself together quickly after. However, I soon noticed this "cold honesty of her situation" became somewhat of a repeated occurrence. I was happy to see Emily being well aware of the danger she placed herself in, even when was she weaponless. I was not happy how that same "cold honesty of her situation" made her quickly resign to death when face with danger and seemingly no chance of escape. Many times when I wanted to scream "Don't give up!" at her. Nevertheless, as far as character flaws goes, this "cold honesty of her situation" was very low on my irritation scale. I hardly ever thought she was annoying because of it, I thought the flaw made her more real as a person.
The cold honesty of her situation, the simplicity of it all, was a welcome relief.
So, she waited.
Some messages explained their authors were hunkering down and hoping to ride out the storm, there were even one or two that dismissed the threat as nothing more than mass hysteria.LOL. Absolutely hilarious. Too bad no one was there to appreciate this irony or to tell “I told you so”...'cause, you know, they're all dead.
How'd that work out for you? Emily wondered.
How ironic was it, she thought, that in every alien invasion movie she had ever seen, every sci-fi book she had ever read, the aliens were always either intent on eating us or just misunderstood. No one ever seemed to consider the possibility they might just ignore us completely; that the survivors of the human race might be so very inconsequential to their plan.No kidding. How dare some of these WTFkery mutants ignore Emily. All of them should be trying to chase and devour her. Get with the Apocalyptic act, would you? /sarcasm. LOL.
[Her stomach gave an anticipatory grumble. .] Kindle Location 182. There's an extra period.These are the mistakes I found in my first reading the book. However, as I said before, I only noticed them because I literally read EP word for word. There was nothing I found boring about EP at all.
[As Emily ’s eyes roamed the buildings,] Kindle Location 590. There's an extra space in the possessive noun.
[Obviously, the power was still on because her alarm clock was still working,.] Kindle Location 1688. There's a rogue comma before the period.
[intent on insinuating themselves into every nook and crevice of the apartment and the city. .] Kindle Location 1925. There's an extra period.
[Waggghhhhrrrrrgh!] Kindle Location 2065. This needs to be italicized like the other onomatopoeia.
[She took the bergen and left it near the front door while she grabbed her jacket .] Kindle Location 2415. There's a space before the period.
[was loose enough she wouldn’t end up accidentally stabbing herself .] Kindle Location 2420. There's a space before the period.
[She began to breathe a little easier ,] Kindle Location 2920. There's a space before the comma.
[what he liked to call ’the best bargains on two wheels‘.] Kindle Location 3116 The type of single quotation marks are not correct. It's supposed to be ‘ first, and ’ second.
[It was intoxicating..] Kindle Location 3186. There's an extra period.
 Kindle Location 370, 457, and 585. These are supposed to be "9/11" to denote it as an event, not an emergency number.
Before fully reading "Extinction Point", I tried 2 times to read it and never got past 29%, because I was reading from my computer. After fully reading it for the third and final time, I'm starting to think that there may have been more reasons for not having finished the book earlier...
You know when you watch a reality interactive competition show (ex: Masterchef, America's next top model) and when judging they say a paradoxical statement that doesn't make sense, until you see an example yourself. For example, a paradoxical statement often used on ANTM is "It looks as if the outfit is wearing her, not the other way around." Well, you don't understand that statement, until you see this:
Another paradoxical statement that you need an example to understand is: "A little is more." Well, if there is one good thing that came out of this book, it was teaching me precisely what that statement means.
Mr. Paul, like many of the authors these days, decided not to fully understand this statement leading him to make a book into a series that REALLY didn't need to become one. I would justify Extinction Point to be a series with 2 books in it...but four?!?
The book starts of great with Emily, a reporter from a small town now living in New York, who is out on her daily assignment. Emily's job is fast paced, adventurous, and adjusted to suit her needs. I was even able to find some form of satire:
Getting further into the story, however, I noticed some serious punctuation, grammar, and overall writing style errors, which should not be characteristic of a man who says that he has been-and I quote-"a writer for well over 25 years now." While Carol focuses on the inaccurate aspects of the book in terms of customs in the United States (such as the fact that Emily SHOULD know how to drive, since she comes from "a small backwater farm town" and rural kids learn how to drive long before the legal age), I'll be focusing more on the writing style and grammar errors.
AND NOW...A LESSON ON editing...or my attempts at it
I'm actually quite surprised at how bothered I was when I found commas missing or not in the places they were supposed to be. I didn't expect that to bother me as much, but it DID. And I'm fully aware that the author is a native of the United Kingdom, but (and please correct me if I'm wrong)I'd like to think that the grammar rules are the same in the UK as in the USA, even though we have spelling differences. The following are direct examples from the ebook with the underlined part representing the punctuation and etc. that is missing.
Furthermore, Emily spent most of the first chapters attempting to find the "right word" to describe her situation and it was quite annoying.
There were also moments were Emily was such a weak character, making it seem as if she preferred to be one of the many dead people on the ground around her than alive. There was no reaction to her boyfriend's death or to anyone else she's ever loved/cared about for that matter. Apart of me realizes that the magnitude of her situation and the huge number of deaths could have driven her insane if she allowed herself to have some sort of feelings, but I would have probably preferred this, instead of having a bland character. Additionally, Emily's characteristic as being the only survivor made the book feel more like a to-do list check off, where I was literally being told the exact time, place, and actions taken to do blank. There were chapters where the author named so many streets as if expecting the reader to know exactly what he was talking about. These chapters made me think that maybe my ebook was missing a page with a map on it...