The End of the World Running Club

The End of the World Running Club

Book - 2017
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Follows the experiences of a man stranded on the wrong side of the country who pushes his limits to traverse more than five hundred miles of devastated wasteland to return to his family.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
ISBN: 9781492656029
149265602X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Walker, Adrian J
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 21 cm

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" We ran up the curved hill and came out on a long, paved road. A group of boys were waiting for us, walking slowly from the right. Two of the groups behind had merged and were following us up the hill./ ' Now,' said Richard. ' Left. Run.'/ We ran at pace, Grimes far ahead, but we couldn't keep up a sprint. The group behind us was now fifteen strong at least. They were a long way behind, a silent crowd of menace, keeping their distance and jogging slowly./ ' Why aren't they catching up to us? They look like they could easily outrun us.'/ 'Shit,' said Grimes, raising her head to the sky and suddenly slowing down. 'Because we're not being chased.' / ...'We are not being chased. We are being escorted. They want us to go this way.' "

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d__lambert
Oct 18, 2018

An interesting take on life after the world changes drastically, with interesting insights on running and endurance. An enjoyable and interesting addition to the post-apocalyptic genre.

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mrskettle
Apr 15, 2018

I like post-apocalypse fiction that is done well. This one is great and is quite funny at times. Good read.

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Voodoochick
Jan 22, 2018

Enjoyable story and characters. Believable.

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LouWSytsma
Nov 11, 2017

Another post-apocalyptic novel but this one sets itself apart from many others with memorable characters. Add sharp insights into human nature and defying some tropes, by taking them head on and subverting them, and Adrian Walker has crafted a superior story.

This is a story with layers that allow readers to imbue the story with their perceptions and invites discussion.

Loved it!

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RDPL_AdultFiction Nov 20, 2017

"...we don't grow up; we grow over, like weeds orver new grass."

RDPL_AdultFiction Nov 20, 2017

In the end, I thought, this is how we all end up: running alone through our own wilderness, the landscape of disjointed events that form our lives, with nobody to make sense of it but ourselves. The road is ours, and ours alone."

RDPL_AdultFiction Nov 20, 2017

"...the truth doesn't really have any words of its own. They're not enough, see? Stories work - good stories - because they make you feel something like how the truth would make you feel if you could hear it."

RDPL_AdultFiction Nov 20, 2017

"He realized this resistance was like a shadow, and the darker the shadow was, the brighter the light shone. It was a part of me, and it would always be with me. When it was at its strongest, when things seemed to be at their worst, that's when the brightest hope could be found."

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