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So This is How it Ends

(Avatars #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Something was different. She stepped hesitantly out of the subway car, her boots sounding even louder now. What was it? The graffiti. Had that been there before?

Emblazoned across the far wall in huge silver letters:

The end has come.

In New York, Kali wakes to an empty subway car, and an even emptier city. Venus and Gus survive an earthquake in Los Angeles and realize they h
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Eos
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Kali lives in New York, and has a tendency to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe. Tigre lives in Chile. He likes animals better then people, but rainstorms make him a little twitchy and he usually ends up running in them. Sort-of. Venus is a perfect teenage pop-star that everyone adores. Almost. Amon is an Egyptian boy who thinks he's got it all figured out. And Gus is a normal teenager who lives in LA with his older brother.

You'd neve
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pocket
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Five teens from all over the globe find themselves compelled to travel to New York City, where they finally arrive at The Gathering Place and learn the explanations for their not-quite-ordinary lives. New Yorker Kali has been the lone survivor of enough acts of destruction to fill a small scrapbook. Tigre has woken up on more than one occassion miles from his home in Chile with no recollection but an ache in his legs to explain his situation. Los Angeleno Venus became a teenage popstar with litt ...more
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this book has an absurd cover (What mighty brain decided that a person riding a giant hummingbird would be a cool cover?), but the novel itself is anything but ridiculous. It's smart, tightly written, and has engaging, believable characters. I didn't expect all of the plot twists, and my surprise was all the better for the fact that the unexpected turns made sense, had I only put two and two together correctly.

So what is it about? It's not particularly easy to describe without giving any of
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: post-apocalypse & sci-fi fans
Post-apocalyptic adventure? Check. Diverse yet fully fleshed-out characters? Check. Killer robots, psychic mutant animals, and time travel? Check, check, and check. What's not to love?

Maybe it's because I grew up watching the Martian Chronicles, but I love the whole last-person on earth concept. This takes that premise and combines it with some action-packed adventures, fascinating yet believable characters, a smidge of romance, and a somewhat bizarre ending. That ending has me wondering if I'll
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-fantasy
Avatars is yet another example of a spot-on teen voice. When a handful of teenagers are thrown into an apocalyptic world and told by voices inside their head to travel to NYC, what do they do? What any teenager would do: Rebel! Walk the other way! Obsess about your life and your relationships! More importantly, unlike other books in this genre, this one:
-Has a truly international cast of characters (not all are Americans)
-Has original futuristic sci-fi (flying dolphins! cyber dinosaurs!)
-Has fan
K. O'Bibliophile
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of "The Hunger Games"
[Review of entire trilogy:] In one word? Awesome.
An apocalyptic world with superpowered teens and loads of mythology. Action, adventure, humor and wit, and thankfully, a level of romance that stays to a minimum.

Honestly, there's no use writing a long review. The entire three-book series is an enthralling, fast-paced read that will have you on the edge of your seat. Readers be warned: make sure you have all three books on hand before you won't want to take a break between books!
Oct 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amazing book! I loved it so much and I really think more people should read it. If you're into fantasy/sci-fi and the end of the world, read it!
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mythology fans
Shelves: 2007sep
The concept is unique and I enjoyed the originality. Pretty good, and I look forward to the sequel.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
This is the story of four teenagers who find themselves teleport into an apocalyptic future. They each are searching for answers: what happened, where are all the people, and why them. I enjoyed the book.
Watson Wildcats
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this book makes Kali, Gus, Venus/Diana, Amon, and Tigre fantastic characters and I really liked the idea of it.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Five teenagers with more or less normal lives are caught up in an instant in an event too bizarre to be explained. The world around them has changed---monsters roam, cities have been crushed, humanity has all but vanished. And voices call them onwards, urging them to a place where they can all come together . . .

I don't read a lot of apocalypse stories, but this one intrigued me. The "how" of how the world ends seems really bogus until right before the end, when the mystery gets a few answers, a
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, so I was really happy when it turned out to be interesting. The one aspect I really liked about this book are the 5 different characters that you switch between throughout the book. All 5 are drastically different from one another: a quiet nerd, a pop star, a jungle native, etc. As the book switched between their points of view, you really get to hear the different voices that are happening, and you really feel how different they all are. Never ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Alongside the Percy Jackson series this is my absolute favourite book in the world! I'm not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi but I was hooked as soon as I started reading it. Some other reviewers have mentioned how the cover is a little strange and off-putting. Admittedly, I did feel the same way when I first received the book. My mother bought it for me (I don't know why because she never just goes into a store and decides she's going to buy me a book) but she thought it was from the tv ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Not a bad start to a series. Some very unique ideas. I enjoyed the fact that the protagonists were intelligent and found logical solutions so I wasnt sitting there shouting at them to go do a thing.

It was a bit on the slow side, but not unbearably so. I am certainly interested in finding book 2.
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Throughout this story we get to know five teens: Gus, Venus/Diana, Tigre, Kali and Amon. Each find themselves flung far into the future, and suddenly they have to figure out what's going on. All their lives, except for Gus, they have found they're a little weird. Venus (a stage name) has been a super sensational pop star, Tigre is really good with animals and Kali can destroy things by willing it to happen. Amon is the most mysterious character of the bunch, and we only see little glimpses of hi ...more
T. K.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Spoiler Alert*

I really liked this book when it started out. The whole end of the world thing, not caused by any of the clique natural disasters or humans killing each other off in one big war crap. I liked how the characters were from many different places around the world and I felt like they got me. For example, I really felt for Gus when he found his brother. Kali said what we all want to, that people suck and sometimes we wish they didn't exist. The whole Venus story line was a little stran
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I love finding new authors to read. But somehow I always seem to stumble on trilogies.

So This Is How It Ends is Book 1 in the Avatars trilogy. Book 2 Shadow Falling is already out while Book 3 will be published this coming October.

Like before, I bought the book because of the cover – a boy astride a giant bird (a neoquetzal, I later found out) in the middle of a storm. I was drawn in. Wouldn’t you be?

Sutherland seems to take great care in setting the scene before revealing anything which explain
Mimi Hodson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The idea of different gods not dying when their culture dies and will fight to keep living is really interesting.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book....I couldnt put it down....when I absolutly HAD to stop reading (because we were going out with family or something) I stuck it in my boot
and read it in the car ^^

I really loved everything, from the gods, and the end of the world, to eygption bad guys :) plus GUESS WHO RECCOMENDED IT!!!??? SCOTT WESTERFELD!!!
I love ALL the characters and I love the whole end of the world vibe. Being all alone in cities all over the world, with no one but Hybrid animals, glass robot monsters, a
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I honestly picked this book very much at random from my partner's shelves (dice rolling was involved), so it was nice to enjoy it so much as I did. In fact, I'm now rather distraught to discover the series is out of print, and of course he doesn't have the rest of it. Curses!

The back cover blurb will get you the basic premise of the story with my spoiling it more.

I like the voice of the different characters and their very distinct personalities. I liked the interludes of revelation from other
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Love this series - but it is such a hard sell with the tweens and teens and it's hard to understand why. I used to pitch this first book as a mix between I Am Legend and Percy Jackson. Wrong tack. Now I tell them think Percy Jackson meets The Hunger Games. I think that's pretty close. That catches some of them, but the covers are a HUGE turn-off. Even if they read books one and two, what self-respecting boy wants to be seen reading this, Kingdom of Twilight? Someone redo the artwork for these bo ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I think I've tried reading this before... at least, the beginning felt very, very familiar. Anyway, if I have tried it before, I set it aside for some reason. But today, I actually read it. And... it was decent. Nothing special, but decent. I'll probably look for the rest of the series.
Um... I don't actually have much to say about this. Different apocalypse than is typically imagined: a whimper, not a bang. Distinctly strange, but not in a bad way really. What is funny is that the book was writt
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-juv, fantasy-scifi
Review for entire trilogy:

The canon has so much potential. We rarely have the opportunity to read about many different culture's gods in the same story. In the Avatar series, we get enough snippets to want to know more about each region's deity myths, but not enough time to actually learn them well.

However, potential isn't always realized. At least, before the end of the series. Although the dialogue and the character development are great, the story never feels completely fleshed out. I kept fe
Dec 24, 2009 rated it liked it
The book starts out too whoo-hoo typical teenager-y for my tastes, but about one-third of the way into it, things begin to get way better. So it's definitely worth sticking with this one.

I really enjoyed the process of the characters figuring out what's going on. The subtly and realism are impressive there. And the characters...well, I like them a lot, especially Gus. Really impressed with him, the writing, so forth.

The answer (what happened to civilization?) feels like a tiny bit of a cop-out,
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fantasy
Four teenagers are going about their lives when they find themselves in a bizarre new world. They each journey to discover what has happened and survive in this new place. [return][return]This book started out very promisingly. We got each character's point of view and they were all very engaging. I was dying to know what was going on. But about half to three quaters of the way the story started to bog down a little. Then the ending felt very rushed and the mythology twist really didn't work for ...more
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