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Summary

Jamie and Andrew are strangers and two of the last people on Earth. They don't know what they'll find on their perilous journey...but they may just find each other. A queer romance about courage, hope and humanity - this is How I Live Now with the heart of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

When the Superflu wipes out most of the population, Jamie finds himself completely alone in a cabin in the woods - until an injured stranger crosses his path.

Life is dangerous now, and, armed with a gun, Jamie goes to pull the trigger. But there's something about Andrew...something that stops Jamie in his tracks. Jamie takes him in, and as Andrew heals and they eventually step out into the strange new world, their relationship starts to feel like more than just friendship....

But trouble isn't far behind. As the boys make a perilous journey south, they'll come face-to-face with a world torn apart and society in ruins. And who, or what, will they find waiting for them at the end of it all?

©2022 Erik J. Brown (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Tense, exciting, sometimes heartbreaking and always romantic, All That's Left in the World explores what it means to hold onto hope and humanity when the worst case scenario becomes reality. With characters you'll adore, and a fast-paced, mysterious plot that keeps you turning the pages as fast as you can devour them, this book is not to be missed." (Sophie Gonzales, author of Only Mostly Devastated)

"Brown has somehow achieved a book that is romantic, hilarious, warm-hearted, hopeful and page-turningly thrilling all at once. I was hooked from beginning to end." (Dahlia Adler, author of Cool for the Summer)

"A timeless love story that could not be more appropriate for this moment, All That's Left in the World is a thrilling, heartfelt and beautifully written debut." (Tom Ryan, author of I Hope You're Listening)

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Amazing

I have no words it was SO GOOD!!! Everyone Must read this seriously 10/10

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Fantastically imagined, authentic characterisation

The post-apolyptic backdrop is multi-layered and ever-changing. And the story moves along at a great pace.

Best of all, the relationships and dialogue are beautifully realistic. The LGBT coming-of-age themes ring true to life. It's a book that I could've connected to deeply as a teen.

Both narrators deliver naturalistic and emotionally charged performances. And they complement one another perfectly.

So glad this book exists.

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amazing

loved it. I wish it never ended. at one point (many points actually) I was worried it will have a sad ending. thankfully it had an amazing ending. great story, great character development and great narrating skills. finished it two days.

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A masterpiece.

This book was incredible. Do you like romance? Romance that edges you for ages until the kiss happens at the most insane moment. Do you like stories that make you feel every feeling you have? Then this book is for you.

The post apical thing made me anxious it made me feel afraid but it was what could have happened and as uncomfortable as that is it was real and I appreciate that he kept the book like this.

The writer is amazing! I love this book and can’t wait for more from Erik j brown. The narrators are perfect for this story their voices are different enough to be discernible and they’re great at accents of other characters. Absolutely in love with this story in every way.

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Oh my god, franky was the most amazing character and the ending with the baby 😭🥺 I was in bits. The moment when I thought Jamison had died was gut wrenching like I was walking home from work and almost cried. The whole thing was an emotional rollercoaster and no books made me feel so deeply since I was a teenager obsessed with reading. Thank you for writing this book, I needed it to restart my love of reading even if it is through listening on my commute.

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One of my new favourites.

I really enjoyed this audiobook, the story was great and not as cliche as I thought it would be! The raw emotion you can feel from the narrators really help the story to be touching and realistic. The twists and turns of the plot kept me hooked, It's well concluded but i'm still wanting more! I recommend to everyone who's considering- read it!

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buckle in

Great on every level 👏
thanks to the author for a wonderful journey of emotional and hope not just for queer representation but for humanity.

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There was no meat on the bones of this story, I needed more post apocalyptic things happening. Love story felt rushed yet skipped over. But the concept was great. The lions part, I just needed MORE, so much potential. That being said, great writing, didn’t feel cheesy and great performances

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Loved it!

Finished in 2 days, I enjoy a good apocalypse story and this one was even better because it has queer representation! I've alway missed that in other stories and this one is cute and doesn't follow the "Bury the gays trope", I'm glad a saw the ad on tictok. Well worth the listen!

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Coming of age, post-apocalypse

When post-apocalyptic fiction became current affairs, life must have got harder for authors. Despite being written pre-covid and published after, this story manages still to be escapist and not to ring false. The world needs sympathetic LGBTQ characters and here are two it’s a pleasure to have met. Treading a careful line between real world threats and optimism, it’s (metaphorically) a page-turner that manages to stay humorous and uplifting, and charmingly performed.

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A very tender story

The vulnerability of the two main characters is deeply touching and pulls you in quickly. The story is strong but it does feel a little more rough toward the end. I’d be interested and happy to read a sequel.

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Sweet and wholesome

It's really wonderful to see a novel set in a post apocalyptic world with gay characters, even better yet when they're young adults. I say that because it gives the chance for their relationship to be sort of pure, which it was.
But while this story has romance, it's not the main thing. The main thing is two young boys left alone in a hard world, learning to depend on each other more than they have anyone else in their lives.

It's an adventure, literally, but it's a fun, sad, heartwarming one with something for all of us to learn from.