The End of the World Running Club: The ultimate race against time post-apocalyptic thriller

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The End of the World Running Club: The ultimate race against time post-apocalyptic thriller

The End of the World Running Club: The ultimate race against time post-apocalyptic thriller

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I was moved by Station Eleven, excited to tell everyone I knew about it and loved the side stories and philosophy. That's not a super cheery sentiment (though I did kind of laugh when I read those lines — it's not too much of a stretch these days to root for the end of the world, or at least a huge change to how things are now, right? You’ll spend time trapped in a cellar gasping for air and water and smelling the stink of your own body. Ein Protagonist wird von seiner Familie getrennt und macht sich zu Fuß auf den Weg, um als geläuterter Mann Reunion mit Frau und Kindern feiern zu können.

The group encounter both friends and foes, nothing original about the horrors they encounter in the wasted land that is now Scotland, minus the ridiculous female version of Negan I've ever read in the form of Jenny Rae. I loved that part — I had similar thoughts about runners (usually while standing outside a bar smoking a cigarette, often while day-drinking) before I started running. But if you're Ed Hill of Scotland, you start running because if you ever want to see your family again, you have 500 miles to cover and only three weeks to do it. Overall I really enjoyed this one, I read it over 2 sittings whilst gulping down lots of cups of tea, it is one of those books that you just bang through because you have to know where the journey ends. I'm not even going to go into that, he was our light relief and our conscience in a lot of ways - definitely a character I'd like to know more about away from the rest.From the title and the description, I assumed running the long distance would be the focus of the story but it actually only starts half way through the book and only accounts for roughly 30 pages of it. Ed, our main character, starts off with many faults and I adored that we got to see how he tackled these issues head on as the story unfolded.

The beginning of this novel was superbly engrossing, as things go pear shaped in spectacular fashion, descriptively you are right in there with the desperate survivors, I read the first 25% of this novel in record time. I was tired of the clamor and the din of the world that made less sense by the day and a life that had me just where it wanted. Some long distances were covered but there was little to no reference to the struggles and strains of such an endeavour, over and above some general complaints regarding tiredness. He faces a variety of challenges too, and it was these twists and turns that I found most interesting about the story. It might have been bearable if it were on a printed page but on audio I was forever being assaulted by the narrators voice hollering in my ear!

Der Schreibstil war in Ordnung, aber mir fehlte die Spannung und ich hatte Probleme, mich in den Protagonisten hineinzuversetzen. Having made it to the rescue ship that will take them to a rumoured safe haven in America, Beth doesn’t waste any time on mourning her husband who got left behind in Cornwall. One morning after a bit too much to drink, the apocalypse starts to rain down, and he is forced to rise to the occasion. Ed and his family were very lucky (no real thanks to Ed) to survive the apocalyptic event that ravaged Edinburgh, Britain, and probably much of the Northern Hemisphere. But the apocalyptic scenario offers a number of scary, thrilling and inspiring moment to complement the navel gazing.

The author obviously understand what it takes to motivate a body that has been sedate to run and then keep on running.It wasn’t neatly tied up with a bow but it gave our protagonist his redemption and, after such an exhausting journey, that felt like enough. I note some runners have complained about the lack of authentic running content but they have missed the point.

I found myself shaking my head multiple times at the self-absorbed whining Edgar uses to explain his behavior in the first 2/3 of this book.

At points it feels as if nothing is ever going to go right for Beth but she’s a character who doesn’t know when to quit, which means that the story never feels completely devoid of hope, even when the future looks tremendously bleak – which it does, a lot. It's so sad to me that Walker created a world where so many things could be done and instead there is no depth to these events. I know this is delving into the micro detail, but any book purporting to cover long distance running should at least attempt to nod it's head to some basic associated issues. This is part of the scenario in the book, “The End of the World Running Club," a novel by Adrian Walker.



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