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At the End - a post-apocalyptic novel

(The Road to Extinction #1)

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  49 reviews
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Night 1: 12 billion taken.

Day 1: Confusion.

Night 2: 13 billion taken.

Day 2: Panic.

Night 3: 13 billion taken.

Day 3: The fight for survival begins.

In 2048, the human population borders 39 billion after the termination of the birth control industry, and the realities of overcrowding have sunken into the minds of the world . . . un
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published April 11th 2012 by Innovation Today Publishing (first published April 1st 2012)
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May 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My full review: http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.b...

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book free from the author via a Librarything Member Giveaway, in return for an honest review.

As you can see from the description above, this looks like an interesting premise, so I was pleased to receive a free copy from the author. I am partial to good Sci-Fi and I like the way that post-apocalyptic novels can explore society and show character development. However, this book left me confused, frustrat
Meghan Reimer
Let me preface this review by saying that I didn't hate this book. In fact, its a quick read that has some interesting moments that I didn't completely forget about right after I was done reading. And I finished it, so there's that.

The opening of the book is strong. Hennessy creates a pretty cool apocalypse concept of many people simply going missing. I also liked that the story begins during-apocalypse versus post-apocalypse. The main character Darrel (is likeable enough, although perhaps a lit
I thought this book had a lot of potential, but really feel like there were a lot of holes. I finally finished it last night, but honestly, I made it half way through the book with the daily thought of "It's going to get better." And then, by the time I was half done, I felt like I had to finish to justify the time I had invested. There were a lot of great ideas and I really liked some of the plot twists, but almost none were really explored or fleshed out. I thought it was strange that the main ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much potential. I wanted to like it. I really did. Unfortunately, I just didn't like it at all. The idea is great, but the writing and flow need a lot of work.

I would have liked a lot more information on the world before everyone disappeared. The description mentions the soaring population and the outlawing of birth control. I would have liked to know why and how this happened; it sounded so interesting.

I've read several reviews that said the beginning of the book was slow. Yes
Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler Stuff*

This book had some potential. One of the biggest issues with the book are the characters. Their interactions with each other doesn't seem normal for a group of 17 year old nerd/geek teens. They are constantly using the word 'Melted,' but it never really sticks out like the word 'cool' would. The way they act, such as blowing up houses, wrecking cars, and everything else they do or talk about, seems more typical of preteens. If the main character's ages were scaled back a few years
Aug 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I was made to read this book. Here is my take on the book: it had potential. I really felt like I was reading a first draft, one that if given to a traditional publisher would have returned with a laundry list of needed fixes.

I agree with the summation that it was a rocky and slow start, but when action picked up it got better. Well, just a little better. I hated the main characters, they were two dimensional based upon poorly understood cultural stereotypes. I don't care that it wa
I was given this book with the intention that I would review it within a month. When I read the premise, it looked like a really cool read, so I was excited to delve into it. I've been reading in some of the other reviews that the first couple of pages were the slowest to get through and I agree with that only in the perception that it was a confusing opening to the novel, just from the whole losing track of time thing. Other than that, I felt like the first few pages were similar in tone to Col ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this one as part of the Librarything Member Giveaway program, and I am not going to be able to ever count this one as finished. I tried, I really really tried. But after several months (!) of trying to get through this one, I really just had to give in and admit defeat. I generally love apocalyptic, end of the world type books, but I really had trouble getting into this one. I really couldn't get a firm grip on any of the characters, and things kept pulling me out of the story to go "reall ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bromigo and Bramiga... if you can take reading that every other sentence, the story is well written and a positive delight to read. I couldn't put it down and read it in less than a day. As far as post-apocalyptic nightmares go, this one has some great creatures (no zombies) and many surprises throughout. ...more
Sam Ang
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
This is a book review based on a free copy from the author. Many thanks go to the author for this generosity.

The same review is also available in my blog:


Let's just face it, for whatever warped reasons which infest our minds, we are drawn to stories of apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic scenes, envisioning a future where the end had come and gone, with the survivors living in a world where nec
Henri Moreaux
This is a pretty quick and entertaining read that's aimed at the young adult market (it would appear), as such the main characters are teenagers and you've got a bucket load of young adult novel tropes to go along with the story.

First though, what it about? Well, aliens, rather, as the book calls them alions. That's right aliens shaped like lions - so they're dubbed by the teenagers to be alions. These alions have abducted 99% of the worlds population and are now slowly hunting the stragglers, t
Keith Swedlund
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok

Such high hopes, such a let down. This book is like reading a bad script written for the syfi network. Horrible horrible continuity, bland characters, plot holes galore, all that's missing is Charlie Sheen
What would you do when 12 billion people on Earth suddenly disappeared overnight, including your parents, friends and family? How would you feel when you’re the only one left on your street. One of only a few survivors left in your once overpopulated city? Panic, confusion, fear. These were all themes that arose in At The End, and rightly so.

The story opens up from the perspective of Darrel, who seems to be going through his normal routine until a wild lion bursts through his back door. He freez

I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this book, but that will not have any impact upon my review. . .

I enjoyed this book, which surprised me a bit, as I am no longer into the super scary (of anything). I must have OD'ed on scary as a child reading Steven King's books under the blankets with a flashlight - when I was eight.

Anyhow - the author does a nice reveal of the plot to the reader through the main characters' experiences. Imagine waking up one day to an almost totally silent world
Sherry Fundin
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
The Catholics finally got their way, birth control was eliminated. The world population stood at 39 billion in the year 2048.

I turned on the news and heard there was another 2 million people gone missing in the Seattle area. I heard a noise and footsteps outside the door and was so afraid I passed out. When I awoke, I saw my friend, Felix. He asked me why I was watching cartoons instead of the news and I asked him if he'd seen the mark on the door. He said yes. They had already taken the rest of
Susanna Mahoney
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AT THE END by John Hennessy

In the author’s words;

“When I ran for Penelope, no sensor gave away my position, or alerted the dining hall full of alions of my presence. The buckles that held her down were difficult to undo, and the faster I tried to go, the longer it took, as the uncooperative buckles fought against my trembling fingers. The eyes of the alions seemed to stare directly at me. I had no idea how long the stasis cloud lasted, but with every passing second, my nerves told me they would
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this book for free with the promise I would review it when I was done.

How would I describe this book? Well you know them lazy Sunday afternoons where you find youself just flicking through the TV channels, and you end up stumbling across some B-movie, that doesn't have the best acting, is clearly low budget and has a pretty standard plot? Well that is what this book is.
Is this a bad thing? No. I love them kind of movies, they keep you entertained from beginning to end. They may not
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At The End: a post-apocalyptic novel (The Road to Extinction, Book 1)

by John Hennessy

Innovation Today Publishing (2012), Kindle Edition, 230 pages

One of the most important, and often overlooked, elements of a useful book review requires that the reviewer decipher who the intended audience is, and what the proper genre of the work is. It would be senseless, for example, to compare Paradise Lost to American Psycho. Well, I suppose it could be done - but it would be an academic exercise in literary
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an okay story but not one I'll go back to or am overly interested in seeing a series develop from. The story is about a group of friends that have to deal with a world forever changed by the appearance of alien ships over their major cities & the disappearance of over 30million humans in a matter of days.

The characters are not ones I felt any real connection with as they were somewhat 1 dimensional.

Darrel, aka Jelly, is a wimpy, frightened young man waiting for death after his parents
The world as we know it is at the end. 38 billion people have disappeared in only three days, strange marks are appearing on peoples doors and a giant spaceship can be seen in the sky. Inexplicably best friends Darrel, Felix and Maggy have remained untaken. Armed only with stolen hunting gear and maggy’s trusty axe, they must fight for their continuing survival against the aliens – make that alions – that have invaded the planet.

Living in this post-apocalyptic world is hard; not only are there
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Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Review of At the End
Reviewed via Basically Books Goodreads Group, of an ebook copy received August 4 2012 in exchange for my fair and impartial review.

Through the first couple of pages, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book (I prefer the reader’s hook to reach for me immediately) but once I read just a few pages, I was hooked-and no complaints after that, this novel is literally non-stop page-turning. There is no deceleration of tension; the plot line moves at nearly hyper-drive speed, car
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is an action packed romp about an alien (or should I say alion!) invasion, it's definitely aimed at the YA market. Compared to the author's other work, Life Descending, this feels like it came out in a bit of a rush. It has all the elements of a success, a group of misfit teenagers, secret military bases, evil alien invaders, an unexpected twist and shoot outs galore but it still feels as if it's missing something. I didn't not like it and I don't hate it, plus the author is such a nic ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I’ll preface my review with saying that I only got 25% done with the book before I gave up. I liked the premise of the book and wanted to finish it to see what happened, but I couldn’t get through the characters and writing style. Maybe because it’s a YA book and I’m not the target audience, but it seemed over simplified and too descriptive as if the author is trying too hard. One example is the line on page 25 “It felt nice on my lungs as they expanded.” Not sure why he had to tell me that his ...more
Annie Fyfe
This is a book in one of my favorite genres, post-apocalyptic, young adult, Sci-Fi thriller. And the author, John Hennessy, left me a personal note in the book which I thought was a great touch. So the book is off to a good start before I even started reading it!

I liked how this was a short quick read and it wrapped up the whole story by the end. The glimpse you had of the world they were living in before the abductions was also really good and I felt like it some of it could actually be in our
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
*I received this book from Basically Books ARR*

Unfortunately I had a very hard time connecting with this book. After reading the summary, I was super excited to read this especially because I'm a big fan of science fiction alien invasion type books and they aren't that common in this dystopian era of writing. But for me the beginning was hard to get through and I hard time relating to most of the characters. Maggie annoyed me quite a bit, and Tortilla wasn't anything special. Darrel and Penelope
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before getting this book I had never heard of John Hennessey and have never been a bit fan of alien books but I was looking for something different to try and ended up with this book on my Kindle.

The book features a group of teenagers who have managed to stay alive on Earth despite billions of other people being mysteriously taken from the planet. I don't want this review to give away the story; but if features plenty of action and has enough twists in the book to keep you hooked, and the main t
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book via Basically Books Goodreads Group for the purpose of a review. I read the synopsis of the book and thought I would really enjoy the book. I started reading and it was a very slow start. I immediately realized that this book was not for me. I could not connect to any of the characters on an emotional level. I think this book's target audience is pre-teen/young teens. Unfortunately, I did not complete the book. However, my daughter began reading it and really liked it. She e ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointed-me
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Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book little to no grammatical/spelling errors my pet peeve. The plot was interesting and well developed the story line could have flowed a little better we seem to get stuck a few times in the beginning. I am not usually fond of stories with more than one point of view but John Hennessy did a great job with showing personalities in the different styles between the two and it flowed really well it did not hinder the story! over all i give the book 4 stars I really enjoyed it ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing Up Fast

Culture shock hits a group of teens when they learn their parents and everyone in their community are gone. Not only are they faced with the reality of being without parents, they also have to make decisions beyond their comprehension on how to survive.

John Hennessy's “At the End” was an interesting read. There were times when he captured my attention. Learning what took place next was important. There also were times when the story slowed and seemed drawn out. Overall, “At the En
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Born in 1988, John Hennessy grew up in Yakima, WA, graduated from Western Washington in 2011, and now lives in Portland, OR, with his wife, a chubby kitty, and two budgies who sing to him while he writes. His love for fantasy started at a young age with Warcraft II, and it quickly bloomed into much more as he was introduced to different writers like Garth Nix, Orson Scott Card, and Michael Crichto ...more

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