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Not sure if it was the writer or the narrator, but the whiney beginning was over the top. First of all if Scarlet is the main character, acting as if she is going to die in the first hour is ridiculous. We know she is the main character and we know that there are hours left in the book, so pretending she is going to die is almost insulting. No zombies in this book, people go crazy and then their faces blow up fairly quickly. I actually thought the whole spore thing with stalks coming out of the face was a cool idea, would like to see that in a more adult version. There are lots of good young adult books out there, but this is not one of them. Frankly Scarlet, I just don't give a ____.
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I'm usually not a big fan of YA, nor of post-apocalyptic novel. So I would definitely not have picked this book up if it had not been written by an author I've come to love (it was the 4th book by Richard Levesque that I read).
And I'm really glad that I listened to it! Even though it is YA it is still very interesting for an adult. The teenage girl was very mature (maybe even sometimes slightly too much so, with the overthinking of some of her actions - it makes sense in the context that she's trying to not make any mistake, but still, she's just 15, I wouldn't have expected that much maturity and detachment in her reasoning).
I found the beginning a bit slow (but maybe it is just me not liking the description of how the fungus spread and killed almost everyone), but then I was really fascinated by how she managed to survive, how she anticipated what she would need, learned new skills to be ready for almost anything.
I loved the fact that she's a very strong female character. She did not wait for anyone to help her out, did not wait for a 'knight in a shiny armour' to save her, like some female characters in many books do, she just took her destiny into her own hands, and one step at a time did everything she needed in order to survive. She did not lose any time to feel sorry for herself, apart of course some nostalgia of the time before the plague.
And you can tell that the author spent time researching how to survive in a hostile environment, the facts seem to make sense, I did not have any eye-rolling moment when I would find the explanations just silly.
As for the narrator, I found her narration very good, easy to follow, with enough acting and changing her voice for each characters to make the story even more interesting, but without it being in the way of the story. I just had some troubles understanding the people in haz-mat suits, but that's just a very minor point.
In short, I would definitely recommend that book, especially if you like strong-willed female characters, and want to know how she managed to survive without depending on somebody else.
Disclosure: I received this audiobook as a giveaway by the author (no strings attached, not even the promise of a review).
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl at the End of the World to be better than the print version?
I've not read the print version but the narration was outstanding. The narrator seemed to really get into the story and the portrayal,of loneliness on the part of Scarlett was exceptional. Very good!!
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl at the End of the World?
I kind of mentally split the book into 2 and the first half where Scarlett is learning to cope with loss and her new normality was my favourite. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the way it dropped her into meeting other survivors and starting a new life. It's s great book.
Have you listened to any of LC Kane’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No but it's an outstanding performance. I was very impressed by the narrator who portrayed Scarlett and the world within the story in an engaging, entertaining and stand out way!
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Being different is lonely. And being special when the world collapses is just damn hard.
Any additional comments?
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