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The End of the World Book: A Novel

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When this book showed up on my recommendations I read the blurb and rolled my eyes, litrpg ,end of the world, time travel, young/old man, blah blah blah, the idea isn’t new in the genre and seemed uninspired. The plague that ends the world in Ma’s excellent debut is extra scary because we’re all halfway there: when you catch Shen Fever, you continue going about your routine, doing your rote tasks, not that much more of a zombie than you were in life, until eventually you rot away. You don’t find out that Planet of the Apes is a post-apocalyptic novel, and not just a science fiction novel about another world, until the end of the book. I loved reading something I wouldn’t normally that I really enjoyed and having the excitement of opening things along the way which all made me really smile.

But it should be mentioned that this is also a tremendously trying read—I nearly gave up halfway through. That sort of technological substitution is commonplace , but Zeihan often talks as if the current way we do things is the only way we ever could.It begins, of course, with a brilliant scientist and a sentient computer program, Archos, which kills its creator and decides that its purpose for being is to save the planet from the human race. A layered, Joycean masterpiece that is as much about the power of story and myth as it is about the end of the world and everything after. Rewriting history was never on Nate’s to-do list, but seeing as he’s the only viable candidate, he’ll give it his best shot or die trying. So I think the best way to read The End of the World is Just the Beginning is as a cautionary tale — a detailed explanation of why it would be very very bad to allow globalization to collapse. A lot of the value in global trade is moving to "soft" goods (SW, entertainment) and "medium" goods (sophisticated machinery).

It’s very high quality compared to most other books in the LitRPG (and sometimes cultivation) genre.

The best and worst thing about this novel is how close it feels to being possible (it is set four years from now). Pandemics and war, social turmoil and corrupt governments, natural disasters and environmental collapse--it's hard not to watch the signs of the times and feel afraid. The characters in this book and its sequels are trying to survive post-apocalypse, sure, but they’re also trying to prevent the inevitable next one. How do these flamboyant and controversial ‘roadmen’ think about their work and the future of the planet? The MC was not OP and was fighting from behind the entire time because he had to travel to form the core of his group.

What strategies did America's Indigenous people rely on that may help us to endure an apocalypse--or perhaps even prevent one from happening? In this classic of nuclear holocaust fiction, when much of the United States is destroyed by the Soviet Union, one small Florida town survives, adapting to their new lives in a radioactive wasteland.With the warnings of a prophet and the lively voice of a storyteller, Choctaw elder and author of Ladder to the Light Steven Charleston speaks to all who sense apocalyptic dread rising around and within. It will give you the tools to understand what works, what doesn't and what we urgently need to focus on so we can leave a sustainable planet for future generations. Walker gives readers characters to believe in and a new – albeit terrifyingly broken – world to root for. It doesn’t take a meteor or a nuclear missile to destroy civilization; all you need is a surprise epidemic of blindness, and men and women will destroy it themselves. This book did have a similar feel from the start, of a fast paced novel which did have some good twists.

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