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The Summer the World Ended

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  50 reviews
As far as Riley McCullough is concerned, her best friend getting ‘dragged’ off to Puerto Vallarta for the first two weeks of summer vacation was the end of the world―at least until the bombs fell.

Life in suburban New Jersey with her mother has been comfortable, not to mention boring, to an introverted fourteen year old. As if her friend’s surprise trip wasn’t b
ebook, 298 pages
Published June 29th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Ben Alderson
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Biggest twist ever!
Can not wait to describe why I love this in my video! I will link you all when its all up!
Carol [Goodreads Addict]

The Summer the World Ended is a YA book written by Matthew S. Cox. This book was generously provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book by Mr. Cox and I found it to be well written and the characters were well developed. But, be prepared! This book is full of twists, turns and surprises!


Riley McCullough is a fourteen year old girl living in New Jersey with her over worked, stressed out mom. Riley is small for her age and has suffered her share o
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.5 They're coming to get us Stars

Damn...that was different and I didn't start having my doubts until 1/2 way through the book!!

Full review to come closer to Blog Tour.
Erica Metcalf
The Summer the World Ended by Matthew S. Cox... oh my goodness. What a rollercoaster! This is another book where I just want to shout, "GO READ THIS!" This book has heartbreak, quite a bit of terror, and a whole lot of heart.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.

To be honest, I didn't remember anything about the synopsis before I dove into this one. I had read it once, when I agreed to/>Full
✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿
This is one story that I'll never forget.

I'm still reeling now from what I've just read and honestly, I'm having a hard time organizing my thoughts right now.

First things first, I have to say that I will try my best not to give out any spoilers in this review. I think it's crucial that I let other readers find out things at their own time.

I'll try and focus on my feelings while reading this instead. :)

Alright, here it goes...

The Summer the World Ended revolves ar
Ann M. Noser
You should all be jealous.
I was lucky enough to read this very early on as a beta reader--one of the most polished fresh manuscripts I have ever seen. And I've already previewed the cover (lucky me--it's a great one).
But enough about that--onto the story.

I'm not sure how the author writes young girls so well, but he does. As the reader, you feel for Riley throughout the whole ordeal (can't say more because it would spoil it).

The author's love for video games i
Ren nerdychampagne
I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review


ONE THING: This book is very funny.

I found that the one thing that people agrees about this book is that it's twisty.
*twist happens*
Me: Oooohhh. Route three it is.
*twist happens*
Oooohhhh Route three to route four real fast. I like it.
*twist happens*
You're doing good on route four, carry on.
*twist happens*
Yaaass babe, keep straight.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Riley a fourteen year old girl has had a tough time growing up. She never had any friends but one and that was her bff Amber. Her Dad left her and her Mom like six years ago. For the last six years it has been just Riley and her Mom. Riley’s Mom was just like most other mom’s always nagging at her about one thing or another. Riley and Amber had their summer all planned out before school was even out. This was going to be the best summer ever as they were going to High School next year. They were ...more
James Wymore
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What starts as the perfect teen-age summer for a young woman rapidly devolves into a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Cox doesn't pull his punches.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: odds-and-sods
Riley McCullough is a 14 year old girl looking forward to the best summer ever. She and her best friend Amber are pumped to enjoy it together but as they say " the best laid plans don't always come to fruition". After events beyond her control occur, Riley finds herself living with her father, who abandoned them years ago, miles away from the place she knew. This emotionally charged, character driven story will have you quickly turning page after page to see what happens next. Riley has to deal ...more
Mike Schlossberg
Really fantastic book with a tremendous twist! Well written character too - and very different than most of these types of book. She seemed much more normal. Highly recommend!
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank the author for allowing me to read his book, The Summer The World Ended, and be a part of this book tour.

Riley is a typical 14 year old girl. She and her best friend Amber have planned the best summer to celebrate starting high school. When Amber’s parents surprise her with a vacation to Mexico they are super bummed and feel like their summer is ruined. Before anything can even start on the night of the last day of school, Riley’s mother passes away. Riley spends the
Heather Duff
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy cow, I finished this book and went WTF just happened, really I was astounded!

Not bad astounded just more like how did I not see this coming and because of my WTF moment this will not be an in depth review. Why? Well because there is a major twist in this book that is awesome!

Riley is 14 years old and she lives with her mother, she is a typical bolshy teenager obsessed with video games and how she will cope without her best friend for two weeks when she goes on holida
Denise Keef
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a book draws you in within the first chapter and grabs hold of your emotions and has you sitting there with tears running down your face…you know it’s one damn good story! This is the story of a young girl named Riley. She is your typical fourteen year old…she is looking forward to summer vacation, playing video games all night with her best friend Amber, she texts on her cell phone and argues with her mother until one night her whole world is turned upside down in the blink of an eye! What ...more
Becky Stephens
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
There are so many great things about this book, I'm not sure where know where to start.

Let's talk about Riley, our protagonist. I haven't spent a lot of time around teenage girls, but I'm pretty sure Cox writes her flawlessly. He captured her teen angst, mood swings, and giddiness so that it's impossible not to feel her excitement when playing video games, her anger and depression at losing her mother and relocating to another state, and her affection for a boy.

Oh, and sp
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
***I received this book from the publishers via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

The synopsis for this book sounded amazing so I was quick to request this and so excited when I was approved by the publishers. In all honesty I had really high expectations for this and let me tell you it did not disappoint, I read this book in about 5 hours it was that intriguing. I loved Riley right away and felt totally heartbroken for her she's dealing with some mega life-changing events and I reall
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Summer From Hell

This seems to be a stand alone novel.

It has just been Riley and her mom since she was 8 and her father just disappeared one day. She has exactly one friend, Amber, and they spend more time playing XBox online than they do actually hanging out. This was supposed to be the best summer ever... But now Amber is going to spend two weeks in Mexico and she is going to be home alone with nothing to do! Can life get more unfair? Then the unthinkable happens. H
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Ha! That was an enjoyable readdd! That twist... OhmyGosh, I cant spoil that on here hahahhaa. So yeah, just pick this book up! One of the many things I like in this book is how Riley was described and all, on a perspective of a male author. I have read other bookks from male authors but they arent many, so this one is something and it is just amazing.

The story, I loved it.. The characters are likable and Riley was awesome, but I wish she hadnt gone through all that. Shes just so young. Still, a
Tonya Thomas
I can't begin to describe how incredibly amazing it is to have a book reach every range of emotion, I actually found myself crying at one point in this book...there are so many HORRIBLE things Riley goes through in just a few months, but she proves to be a very resilient and strong young lady.Thank you Matthew Cox for an awesome book!I loved this book...spectacular! And just so you all know, I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
Leslie Whitaker
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riley's life is about to change. Her BFF is gone on a family vacation and Riley's world is falling apart. She moves across the country to live with a father she hasn't seen in years. As she tries to adjust to her new surroundings and make new friends, life throws her and her father another curve. I loved this story and the emotional ups and downs that came. The story is well written and the characters easy to feel for.
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome to the highest power! Review coming soon...
Louise Feagans
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! But I have loved all of the books by Matthew Cox.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! 😳 What an exciting book this was!

Once again, Matthew Cox has held me spellbound by his telling of a story! This book is so exciting, I found myself holding my breath several times while reading it. He creates such believable situations and characters, that you find yourself totally immersed in the story, and this one was no exception.
This was quite the roller coaster ride of a story, the ending of which will have you saying out loud, “What?! No way!!”
A Matthew Cox story has nev
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rip roaring ride from New Jersey to New Mexico

Riley McCullough is 14 years old and will be starting high school as soon as the summer ends. She lives with her stressed out, workaholic mom and her dad left a few years ago.

School is just out for the summer, her best friend is in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with her parents, and all the sudden Riley's world falls apart. She ends up having to go live with her dad in a tiny town in New Mexico.

And just after she meets
OMG so this book was completely awesome and full of so many delicious twists and turns that it actually had me going WHAT out loud.

And the funny thing is, I almost quit reading right at the start... very glad I didn't! The blurb I read when I requested this did not mention why Riley had to go live with her father in New Mexico, so I was very unprepared when her mother passed away suddenly, from an aneurysm. As an only child from a single-parent family, Riley was living my worst child
Alyssa Marie
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
**Thank you very much to NetGalley and the publisher for providing my copy of this book.** My review and more can also be read on my blog:

The Summer the World Ended was such a unique and interesting Young Adult read. This is a story that will stick with me for a while, one I will most definitely not forget!! I finished the book a couple hours ago and I am still thinking about the ending of this story!

The book follows the story of Riley, a teenag
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange got an honest review. The phrase "nuclear Armaggedon" was what made me request this book for review, and it wasn't until I had read over half the book and still hadn't gotten into a fallout shelter that I began to suspect this wasn't going to be the book I expected. I couldn't understand why the book was taking so much time to introduce characters and develop relationships when the whole world was going to be blown up ve ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-by-me
Some time ago I received this book from the author for nothing more than a Thank You.

I fell madly in lust with the writings of Matthew Cox in 2014(Yes, late to the party) when I read Virtual Immortality. And since reading that book, I have to read any new book as well as reading as many of his older books as possible. On to the matter at heart: a review.

Mr. Cox has become a master of his craft. He is able to describe to the reader all that is happening without getting los
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A fan from the Awakened series by the same author, I was really looking forward to The Summer the World Ended, which really sounded like another apocalypse novel.

Fourteen-year-old Riley sees her summer- and her life- fall apart after her mother suddenly dies from an aneurysm and she needs to go life with her father who she's not seen for years. However, her strange father and his house in the middle of nowhere, might not have been her bigge/>
Casia Courtier
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received this book from the author, Matthew S. Cox, for an honest review.

Oh, boy! Let me tell you. Right off the bat you are bombarded with the feels. Serious feels. The kind of feels that make you curl in a corner and want to cuddle the main character. Okay, maybe it's not right off the bat, but in chapter two, I was wanting to go into my kindle, pull out Riley, and give her the biggest cuddles a person could.

I've read a few books from Cox, and I have to say that he i
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Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor wit ...more