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The End of the World Book: A Novel

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But instead of an OP MC with all the advantages, the MC is challenged by other players who somehow were able to advance faster while doing more than the MC. Each entry, no matter its importance, striving to build a larger body of knowledge, much larger than any individual contribution? We could argue all day about what actually constitutes an “apocalypse”—2020 is checking a lot of boxes, as you may have noticed—so for the most part, I’ve gone with my gut. It had such an amazing and compelling story, but after reading it I just feel quite down and disappointed by the overall ending. Of course Cloud Atlas is not entirely a novel about the end of the world, and in fact of its six storylines only one could be considered post-apocalyptic (one other is squarely dystopian).

How do these flamboyant and controversial ‘roadmen’ think about their work and the future of the planet? Ambition-crazed traitor, pirate and murderer John Paul Jones burned part of a ship in Whitehaven and was hailed as “Father of the American Navy”. The MC is stupid the plot is trash I mean wow I could have though up so many ways to he,p the issue the MC faced but nope, the author went extreme.It’s very high quality compared to most other books in the LitRPG (and sometimes cultivation) genre. I couldn’t tell a story to tell my life…” In a book that mixes fiction and fact, that may be the truest statement of all. There are interesting characters and subplots, but none are allowed to develop over and above the narrator’s presence.

Is the deaths of millions if not billions of sentient, feeling people not worth the survival of a handful of humans? The very first novel you (probably) think of when someone says “post-apocalyptic,” in which a man and his son travel across a blasted-out country that ever gets explained. For someone like me who enjoys reading but doesn't always get the time or starts a book and doesn't finish it, this keeps me reading on to find out what I will open next!The first of these is probably unavoidable, and Zeihan is on by far the most solid ground when he describes the changes that will result from having aging, shrinking populations in every region of the world. I was really gripped by what was happening, especially as the ending was a ‘race against the clock’ kind of scenario which drove the story. Zeihan is never very clear about why he thinks America will simply withdraw from the role it has played as guarantor of global trade and security. He explains his divine knowledge to mere mortals (the brain dead accomplices who follow him around) by saying he brought a map with all the knowledge of the universe on it.

Drawing on their work in Indigenous activism, the labour movement, youth climate campaigns, community-engaged scholarship, and independent journalism, the six authors challenge toothless proposals and false solutions to show that a just transition from fossil fuels cannot succeed without the dismantling of settler capitalism in Canada. In this novel, a pastor goes to another planet to spread Christianity, leaving his wife at home; what results, among other things, is that the apocalypse in this novel is telegraphed to the protagonist at a distance, through increasingly alarming and unbelievable missives, even as he finds himself drawing further away from the life he used to know and the woman he used to love. The circumstances and perspectives have altered but Survivors Club is just as much a tale of redemption and realisation as Running Club was. It all starts in a lab, in which a virus meant to create super soldiers actually creates a plague of monsters—93 years later, the humans left huddle in colonies, hiding from the hunters outside the walls. The problem, at least for me, is that this was like the unholy bastard child of a cultivation and a LITRPG novel and then getting rid of both.The climate crisis is here, and the end of this world—a world built on land theft, resource extraction, and colonial genocide—is on the horizon.

This is a big, sweeping book about the economic, geopolitical, and technological history and future of the world. It wasn’t neatly tied up with a bow but it gave our protagonist his redemption and, after such an exhausting journey, that felt like enough. It’s been long enough, though, for there to be a second generation of hungries: children who are preternaturally smart, absurdly strong, and capable (maybe) of human empathy. I have read a few of the author’s books before and they were okay but they didn’t keep me interested for long.And because the style is so fun and banter-ish, it can be hard to tell whether each howler is a real mistake, an intentional oversimplification for entertainment purposes, or simply a joke. A second fundamental fact is that the system of globalized trade and supply chains that we’ve constructed over the past few decades is extremely complex and finely tuned. I enjoy stories where the hero goes back in time and attempts to avoid the mistakes they made the first time. Premier Harold Macmillan caused the world’s first atom bomb disaster by running Windscale too hard, then he covered his blunder up and handed the blame to innocent workers.

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