Seventy-year-old Matthew Werner, who suffers from a debilitating case of Not Normal, doesn't know that nearly everyone on earth has died. He only knows that, out in the world, something terrible is happening – something he's not willing to discover. So he barricades himself inside and tries to stay ignorant. That is, until twelve-year-old Ruby Sterling shows up at his door...more
This book is excellent! It has the coolest mix of thrills and fun all in one. It's got hints of Up since we have an older gentleman named Matthew and a young twelve year old named Ruby. These two get stuck together during the end of the world: Everyone without some sort of brain illness or injury doesn't get sick, but all the healthy people suddenly die. They chase after Matthew's wife (who had Alzheimer's) who walked off one d ...more
I am finding it hard to sit still and read during this global Stay At Home quarantine. My reaction to any perceived threat or problem has always bee ...more
Matthew Werner is a seventy years old grumpy man. He has some mental issues. Which mental issues ? No one has even been able to diagnose them. He’s not sociable. He’s the opposite of sociable. He doesn’t like people. They’re LOUD and unpredictable. He doesn’t like the modern world, computers and mobile phones. He doesn’t like young people, the entitled « me, mine, me, mine ...more
Vanishing Hour, Lisa King's debut novel, is a terrific and peculiar story with two very different main character, Matthew and Ruby. Seventy years old Matthew suffers from something the doctor couldn't understand. Maybe autism, Asperger or social anxiety, he has difficulty to live in the world, he can't stand people and their loudness. He finds the world overwhelming, preferring to be at home and not outside, surrounded by other ...more
The two main characters, Matthew and Ruby, are as different from each other as two characters could be. Matthew is an old cu ...more
I am a big fan of the "man vs nature" genre and frequently that can diverge into end-of-the-world scenarios. I was excited to read this book - Vanishing Hour definitely falls within that category, but it's approached in a different way (I won't tell you how, I don't want to give it away!)
The main characters, Matthew and Ruby, are both interesting and quirky in their own way. They come together as strangers and come to depend on ...more
Matthew Werner, a seventy-year-old gentleman, who is suffering from a mental illness one day finds Ruby, a wee, twelve-year-old girl, who has a tumour, at his doorstep. Both decide to fight against the ending of the world and reach a place called Horizon, where Matthew's wife supposedly has gone.
This novel is about trusting each other and supporting the cause to survive the end of ...more
While the world is reduced by billions in just a short moment, Matthew is totally unaware of what's going on. Until he hears strange noises outside. Until he finds a body on his doorstep. Until a little girl named Ruby knocks on his door and forces Matthew to leave his comfort zone and go outside. And that's the beginning of a very unusual friendship.
While the end-of-the-world-scenario had its appeal (I'm just so glad there wer ...more
70 year old Matthew is "not normal." He finds the world overwhelming and prefers his simple routines. After a mysterious illness kills the majority of the population, he encounters 12 year old Ruby.
Both want to find missing loved ones and begin a journey to do so. The main theme is the relationship that develops between two disparate people.
It is a heartwarming book and I suggest taking t ...more
I loved the great character development, the well crafted plot, and the amazing world building.
The writer is a talented storyteller and I hope to read other stories soon.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
The dystopian style of this book was really cool and the whole time I had myself wondering what this mystery was and why all the people were suddenly being affected like this.
The older man had a very interesting way of telling his story since he h ...more
This book was such ...more
Vanishing Hour, is just like the title talks about the vanishing hours of two individuals, too different from each other but yet too similar. It's a multi genre book, I would literally say it's my favorite dystopian book because of the unique theme and concept and the way the author weaves the storyline, it just makes it way more special. It revolves around Seventy-year-old Matthew Werner, who suffers from a debilitating case of Not Normal, doesn't know that nearly everyone on earth has died. He ...more
Matthew wasn't normal at all. He had some disorder which nobody knows what exactly it is. There was something going on outside and mostly everyone on earth had died. One day, a twelve year old girl Ruby showed up at Matthew's ...more