The End of the World Running Club
When the sky begins to fall, one man finds himself separated from his family, his best hope is to run—or risk losing what he loves forever.
At the end of the world, every second counts. No one knows that more than Edgar Hill. As the world crumbles and he loses sight of his wife and children, Ed must push himself to his very limits to find them.
His best option is to run....more
Imagine your country (in this case the UK) is hit by a catastrophic asteroid strike. By chance you realize this in time, take your wife and two kids into the cellar, grab some food and water, and survive. And when you finally get out, the world is full of death and destruction. And then a long road of survival begins in a desolate and destroyed country, you meet some people along the way and form a team, and head for ...more
I must admit that I was drawn to this book by its title: apocalyptic events and running had ticked a couple of boxes before I got to page one. I also liked the fact that it ...more
I was so excited to begin this book. A dystopian fiction without a teenage girl protagonist, you say? Count me in. Unfortunately, what inspired me to read this also became the reason for my dislike. I found it so hard to connect with this story when faced with my own hatred of the protagonist.
The protagonist in question, Edgar Hill was basical ...more
I don’t really do running clubs. I run as I dream—alone. But if I did join a club, it would certainly be to run through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with some new found mates, trying to reach my family before they shipped off forever. This is part of the scenario in the book, “The End of the World Running Club," a novel by Adrian Walker. The novel is a wonderful, harrowing, epic, witty, and emotional story of the apocalyps ...more
The world is scorched, people die, horribleness ensues, and through it all our annoying, whiny lead character (an overweight, disengaged father of 2) leads us on his painfully boring trek.
I'm actually not sure why I kept reading The End of the World Running Club to the end. So let's look at what was goo ...more
Poor Edgar. Really. He drinks a fair bit and is not that fit, he's not particularly happy with his lot in life, finding family life somewhat mundane. Cue fiery asteroids from outer spac ...more
For a short period in the book (say 30% in?) I started to lose interest, thinking it was going to be a run of the mill post-apocalyptic book.
But then shit goes down. It's one thing after the other - and as most fans of post-apoc fiction will admit, we kind of like that sort of thing. Having the SHTF is a good thing in these kinds of st ...more
The characters are paper thin wispy shreds of dialogue some of which have beards. Most of which are men. In fact I wouldn't say there are any "characters" who are women. Even the protagonist Ed's wife Beth who occupies his thoughts in a tiringly circular manner(and onl ...more
I am somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for this one. A strong beginning and a very unusual ending that all together make an interesting post-apocalyptic novel. A dragging middle part, but maybe because I expected more actions and was unprepared for a slow pace trying to be philosophical.
What I learned: we need the world end and a target to start to run (to lose the weight and rid of our laziness). Oh yes...I found the answer.... ...more
There’s a decidedly metropolitan middle-class viewpoint to this end of the world story. I suppose I should have expected that from the title, as a running club is a particularly middle-class pursuit. It’s made more noticeable though by the fact all the human threats they face come from either the working class or country folk. They come from the ...more
I waffled a bit on my rating for this book. I definitely had some grumbles while reading it, but then I got to that ending, one of the most perfect endings I've ever read, and my earlier protests felt petty. (view spoiler)[A good friend of mine has grumbled, "There's no happy endings with you, is there?" about my writing and my taste in books, shows, and films, and it's all too true. I thought this ending was bittersweet perfection. Tragic, but hopeful, and I love that. (hide spoiler)]
There were ...more
This story was such a fast paced read for me. I felt the clock ticking the whole time I was reading this. At first, it is just about survival and then it was about Edgar getting to his family safely. The story starts off with a bang as the asteroids are hitting his hometown that morning. The received almost no warning and the panic was something I actually felt for him. Edgar has a wife and two small children. The youngest is still b ...more
I think this does a good job of contemplating the differences between living and surviving, and how what seems muddled in one state is crystal clear in another.
I read this from start to finish in one day. Partially as a palate cleanser after the megathon that was Dragonbone Chair and partially because I foun ...more
*I received an e-copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ok, so you are an overweight, lazy, almost alcoholic 35 year old father of two. Your kids annoy you, your wife tolerates you - god knows why - and you are a failure. A failure as a man, a failure as a father and not much of a husband either. And then the worlds ends.
Well that escalated quickly.
Naturally, I disliked Edgar from the ver ...more
Well, the joke's on me because that's not what I got!
Life is hard for Edgar Hill.
He's a fat, pitiful, douchey, waste of space of a man, father and husband.
I think he may be clinically depressed but as I read on, I realized he aas worse than that.
He's just a loser with no ambiti ...more
A good read with plenty of character building and growth, and some varied ways in which people deal with and survive the end of the world/normal society. Nothing entirely unpredictable here, but it was enjoyable, and there were some really great quotables throughout about humanity, figuring out your place in the world, family, and what happens when your whole world is shaken up around you.
ln just the last few pages, Walker made me realize what he was planting in my mind for the previous 300 something. Self reflection, strength, pride, loyalty, etc.!
I can't even write anything else. This book was amazing and I am sure I will pick it up to read more than once.
The author regards Edgar's journey as an opportunity to ...more
I am a big fan of end of civilisation as we know it, post apocalyptic stuff, this one had a fantastic scenario, from above asteroid type bombings occur, they take out everything, crushing bui ...more
The da ...more
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His second novel, The End of the World Running Club, is a post-apocalyptic running fable about hope, love and endurance. It is being published by Del Rey UK, in May 2016.
His third novel, Colours, is the first ...more