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The End of FUN

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Everyday reality is a drag™.

FUN®—the latest in augmented reality—is fun (yay!) but it’s also frustrating, glitchy and dangerously addictive (boo!). Just when everyone else is getting on, seventeen-year-old Aaron O’Faolain wants off.

But first, he has to complete his Application for Termination, and in order to do that he has to deal with his History—not to mention the prese
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Disney Hyperion
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Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I confess myself...disappointed. I was so hopeful going into this book. I liked the idea of a virtual reality that is taking over the world, and some adventuring by our intrepid MC Aaron. However, this book was nothing like I expected. The world in which Aaron lived wasn't explained very well. The reader is simply thrown into this world with no warning or a "please fasten your seat belts" message. You just go. I was very confused by the premise of FUN. I was never quite sure what exactly it was, ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Imagine if Ready Player One and Catcher in the Rye had a baby book, and that baby book had more sex and drugs than either but also had less of a whiny protagonist and was less enamored of its virtual world than either of its parent books.

It's pretty fab.
Yamu Govere
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a pretty okay book. Interesting premise, but i don't think the concept of FUN was explained well enough for me to visualise what exactly the world was like; i was a bit confused sometimes. I also kinda feel like the idea that reality is actually better than virtual reality came out of nowhere, because I saw little evidence of this, and maybe it is just me, but I still don't get why he wanted to stop having FUN ...more
Tonstant Weader
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
When The End of FUN begins, Aaron O’Faolin is applying to terminate his contract. It is not an easy process and to do so, he has to provide his user history. That history, to our delight, is this book, the first from Sean McGinty, the first of what I hope will be a long bibliography full of more satiric novels that anticipate our near future with scarily reasonable and likely scenarios.

Aaron just wanted to have FUN®. That’s Fully Ubiquitous Neuralnet to be precise. He was in a bad place, recentl
Maegan Woodlee
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is narrated by the protagonist, Aaron, as he navigates his life through obstacles of new romance, family drama, and a new technology called FUN. If you combined Facebook, in-app purchase games, and iMessage, plus a holographic sidekick, you could imagine what FUN would be like. Aaron encounters many colorful characters - from his delinquent friend Oso to a bible-wielding, nosy neighbor - on his journey to search for a treasure planted by his late grandfather.

While I really enjoyed the
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
To be honest, this book kind of wore me out. I'm not sure if it was just the challenge of dealing with a narrator who had the judgement of a three year old or if it was the format, which required a lot of product placement. Both of those elements are essential to the humor and the strong narrative voice in the story, though, and are actually what I think many YA readers will find appealing. Aaron is an impulsive idiot, but he is trying to move in the right direction, and his attempts at taking c ...more
Katy Noyes
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good attempt to hold a mirror up to our technology-filled lives and mock the world (real or otherwise) we are living in today.

I was impressed by the simple observation of FUN®—the latest in augmented reality—a fun yet frustrating, totally time-consuming and all-encompassing social networking world that you have to be operated on to become a part of. It features throughout the story, butting in to speak to the protagonist and remind him of how he's a 'loser' and failing to earn enough points to
Lisa Brennan
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rebooted for Generation Z, The End of Fun is a classic coming-of-age story deftly pixelated with a hilarious first-person narrative. Aaron is seventeen and navigating a rocky road to adulthood. Eternal optimism propels his journey, and a close-knit cast of quirky characters serves as his compass. He may stray off course at times, but that just fuels the zaniness of his quests: get the girl, level up in the game, pay his debts, and get his GED.

What’s obstructing his path? Mental health medicatio
Nov 04, 2016 marked it as didn-t-finish
I made it about 45% of the way through and I realized the last 15-20% was a struggle so I've decided to DNF.
I was mostly just bored. I found the main character uninteresting and his attitude annoying. He acted as if the world owed him and he could do no wrong even though the whole premise of this book is that he messed up and he has to fix it. I expected this book to be a fun adventure, but nothing was really happening for me and I was getting bored waiting for something exciting to happen. I al
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I can't quite put my finger on what I liked about this one, except maybe that it was so obviously written from a masculine perspective.
Sure, it had some interesting near future elements -- The augmented reality, of course, plus the avian die-off. But the author just expected the reader to take the ride; there wasn't a lot of world-building, nor was there really a need.
No need, because this was really a coming of agey love story. A love story with a lot more interesting plot elements than the "
Aug 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gmba-2017-18
I was so bummed out by this book. I read the first 100 pages faithfully and kept waiting to get pulled in and get past the cliched use of language/writing, but I never actually understood FUN, or the YAY! he uses -- in general, the technology in his world didn't quite connect for me. In the first few pages I was setting myself up for a Ready Player One world, but this certainly wasn't my experience with this book. It was jumpy, and felt like important events were handled with a casualness that m ...more
Mar 26, 2018 added it
The End of Fun is a fiction book that is centered around the idea of the world coming to a time when people were more centered around virtual reality rather than human interaction. This book centers around our world being distracted to what's actually going on around us in the real world instead we’re focusing on the virtual one. In the book The End of Fun you’ll find Sean McGinty’s view to what our society is coming to is full of distractions, but if we look past our distractions we’ll find som ...more
Henry Davenport
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
So I just finished “The End of Fun” and it was mediocre. The best thing I could compare it to is Ready Player One but with worse characters. In the beginning I thought I was going to completely hate this book, as the main character Aaron was the cookie-cutter sarcastic teenage boy that we see often way too much in modern youth books. But as his character progresses throughout the story he becomes ever so slightly more likable, and the supporting cast was okay no one in the story stays too long e ...more
Bradley Zouck
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The End of Fun by Sean McGinty is about a 17 year old boy, Aaron O’ Faolain and how he gets himself into trouble. First he gets suspended at school and has to move in with his mom to go to a new one. He ends up living on his own and gets into more trouble. While on his own, he starts to have F.U.N. . F.U.N. is an augmented reality chip that is inserted in his head. But F.U.N. gets in Aarons way and he regrets ever starting it. His father later calls him and tells him about his grandfather's rec ...more
Brady Wynia
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this book was alright but not the best. It had some parts that were hard to follow because it kept jumping back and forth between scenes. However it was a good book with many problems and solutions. This book offered some challenging parts to follow but in the long run it was a good book. It often times jumped from one of the main characters problems to the next without smooth transitions. The book offered many sections that allowed for variety in the story. Without these the story would ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really didn’t want to finish the book but did as the book was included on my Grandson’s school reading list and he read the book. I didn’t enjoy the weird new reality and found the story line inappropriate for a 12 year old. The beginning was boring and all the wrong decisions made by Aaron just kept mounting. I get the fact that his early life was traumatic and he was trying to understand his circumstances and move to a better place, but some of the experiences were just out there. And some c ...more
Lisa Nocita
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not for me. The writing style is too stream of consciousness and there was too much I couldn't understand and, honestly, didn't care if I did. The world building is minimal and the lack of explanations were frustrating. The currency has changed, maybe the government, and all the birds are dying or dead. But that doesn't seem to serve a tangible purpose. Plus FUN is never really explained although you get the gist. Not fun for me. Boo. ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
> YAY! for The End of FUN® by Sean McGinty published by Hyperion Books.
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
wtf was this
Tristan Burke
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm glad that the book wasn't just about fun, but rather the life of somebody who just happened to be having fun. It wasn't the main focus of the book. ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The End of Fun© is a very a FUN™ read.
Sandi Hartka Peterson
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow,this book was so much fun from start to finish!! Great story telling by Sean McGinty, I hope he writes another book!
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
it's ok ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I actually really enjoyed this book. It was very weird, but enjoyable and interesting. A good YA palette cleanser if you want something dystopian and absurd or just simply don’t know what to read.
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was great, it really got me to think about how technology and how as it develops it affects us. Aaron gets the FUN tech put into his head; this allows you to access the internet and phone through a lens in his eye. He ran away from home in his teens and lived in a community home where he would sit and play games all day. This ended up with him getting in FAIL mode. This book and the way McGinty wrote it was like he had control over all of your emotions. There was death, love, and frien ...more
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
It has taken me forever to get through The End of Fun. Although there were many funny parts in the story, I had a hard time connecting with Aaron O’Faolin the main character who uses the money his Dad and Sister give him to attend school in California to pay rent in a Hive House and play games on his newly installed AR (augmented reality) implant FUN® instead. Which goes ok until he plays too much Tickle, Tickle, Boom and ends up in Fail. Users in Fail can’t do much of anything until they YAY!® ...more
Ryan Madman Reads & Rocks
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The End of Fun by Sean McGinty is part Catcher in the Rye and part semi-pre-post-apocalyptic YA novel. Exactly which parts is hard to define.

Aaron is your typical hormonal teenager whose entire world revolves around his own interests. One day, instead of finishing high school he decides to drop out and sign up for a new augmented reality program called FUN. FUN is accessed via brain implant and eye lenses. Each participant is guided through the world of FUN by a holographic emoji named HOMIE.

Dec 16, 2015 rated it did not like it

In the future, nearly everyone is having FUN.

Aaron is one of the first to have FUN installed as a beta tester and his days are filled with FUN. Every day, Homie pops up right in front of his eyes to help him have FUN with everything around him. He plays virtual games, rates friends and parties, and spends quite a bit of money online.

Of course, it's the spending that really gets him in trouble. Soon, Aaron is in FAIL and he's not having much FUN at all. O
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This wasn't really all that great. It seemed like it could have been--conceptually, it was somewhere between Ready Player One and Feed by MT Anderson--but it was cluttered and haphazard. There were several unnecessary parts, an entirely unneeded character in Oso, and the whole concept of the Yay for Fun thing got really annoying when every other sentence had trademark symbols or "Yay!" in it. I don't like social media tropes (like it, poke, thumbs up, etc), so it irritated me to read it in this ...more
Aaron is 17-years-old and addicted to FUN® - an augmented reality program/lifestyle. Sadly his account is in arrears and he needs to have a lot more FUN® in order to be able to delete his account. While trying to do this, he is also dealing with his grandpa's suicide and the will that leaves clues to a possible buried treasure, plus girl troubles, werewolf pills, and many other crazy things.

I was hoping for a funny book, but mostly all I got was annoying. Lots of references to sex and sexual sit
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