Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Quiet at the End of the World review

How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide what to sacrifice to save the whole human race...

Lauren James has become one of my favourite YA authors. I thought it’d be hard to enjoy a book as much as The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and I think I liked The Quiet at the End of the World even more.

The world in this book is richly described and frighteningly believable. I love how Lauren’s books are realistic and grounded in science, at the same time as being completely unique and unpredictable.

I also thought the characters in this book were great. Lowrie and Shen came across as so real and I adored Mitch the robot. The main characters’ relationships and interactions with their families also felt very authentic.

Another reason why I enjoy Lauren’s books so much is the plotting. It’s refreshing to find a book with such a creative, surprising plot and I had no idea what was going to happen! The use of social media also gave an interesting insight into the history of this world and it was woven really effectively into the plot.

The Quiet at the End of the World is a smart, beautifully written book and one that left me thinking about it long after I finished. I can’t wait for whatever Lauren writes next!

Thank you so much to Walker Books for the review copy!

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