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  • The Quiet at the End of the World

  • By: Lauren James
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Summary

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.... 

©2019 Lauren James (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Not for me

Struggled to finish. Feels like most of the story is reading out social media posts. Painful.

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Wonderful book, wonderful narrator

The post-apocalyptic plot may not sound like a feel-good story but that’s exactly what this is. An absolutely wonderful book and really well-read.

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❤️❤️❤️

I started to read this a while back and got bored so put it down, only to find when I picked it back up again that I was only two pages from the big twist - irony, eh?

Once I picked it back up I got really into it and had finished it by the next day. I highly recommend persevering and keeping up with the book, because once it starts up properly you can't put it down.

I loved how all of the little drops littered into the first half came together into an ocean of twists and turns. The feeling of OH MY GOD THAT'S WHY THAT OHHHHH sweeps over you and you completely fall in love.

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loved this book

loved the book, the story and the narration was wonderful, really has been a joy to make things while listening, would really recommend it.

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Mostly enjoyed

I liked the premise, I ‘got’ the messaging. I found the last 1.5 hours rambled on, I zoned out and I didn’t quite make the end.

The coordinates of where each random item was found didn’t translate well to audio and don’t think this added anything to the overall story- in fact I found it a bit annoying after the 50th item was read out in detail.

I didn’t find Shem very likeable - I wanted to so I could root for him. I’m forty so perhaps it’s more suited to a younger audience.

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Good teen fiction

Would probably be a good story for a younger audience and it does a good job of exploring important themes but it wasn’t for me.

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Lovely

Weirdly heartwarming and positive considering it’s about the end of human beings. Loved the mudlarking references throughout; the things that human beings time on earth could be remembered by.

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Great performance wanted more from the story. But that’s just my opinion, always best to give something a go to find yours.

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A very woke, pc, boringly current kids book.

If you're falling for all this woke, pc nonsense..... you'll enjoy it. Aimed at girls.

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Unique and thoughtful book

Fresh take on dystopian teen fiction - faultless. 10/10 would recommend, extremely accurate predicting reactions considering this was written before the pandemic.