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The Late Bloomer

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The world experiences an abrupt and unthinkable cataclysm on the morning of October 29, 2018. Kevin March, high school band trombonist and wannabe writer playing hooky, is witness to its beginning. To stay alive, Kevin embarks on a journey that promises to change everything yet again. On his journey, into a digital recorder he chronicles his experiences at the end of his w ...more
Published October 16th 2018
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Emily
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Late Bloomer is a YA post-apocalyptic horror novel, and I think I went in expecting it to be much lighter than it was. This book deals with some heavy topics - it's a very good read, but this is not a light-hearted or hopeful story. It's surprisingly bleak & was stressful to read at some points. There are several thought-provoking moments, and a lot of aspects of this story are heartbreaking.

This book is mainly set in Austin, which I absolutely loved since I'm from Texas. It did make th
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Steph Warren
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this novel with thanks to the author and Karen Shih at California Coldblood Books. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

I have never read anything quite like The Late Bloomer and yet it felt so familiar!

As I was reading I found myself constantly jotting down references and comparators, so I will get that out of the way first, and say that if you enjoyed any of the following, you will be likely to love this book:

Lord of the Flies (lots of overt and covert r
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Charles
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wait till you have time to read before you pick this one up - you'll be turning the pages for quite a while. The end of the world has arrived and human emotions and loyalties are put to the test. Late Bloomer has a lot to say about our most primal fears and our best instincts.
NormaCenva
Really interesting writing style!
Anna
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely unique and definitely ambitious. There are quite a few quotable passages about human nature and a lot of literary references for the "dear reader" to catch.

However, I personally prefer stories where characters drive the plot and not vice versa. For me, there were just too many instances of "they did it just because": illogical actions that obviously served the single purpose of getting to the next plot point. Didn't care much about the characters: Kevin was all right, but the only int
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Christopher Lambert
Stoned

"Sometimes I just want to describe the beauty and the horror because that’s what life is."

This book is a very different apocalyptic tale where only the children survive. The whole story concept was very interesting and it was well written. The story just fell flat for me a few times but definitely a quality read.
Nikki
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a pretentious book.
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