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Scarlett Fisher is an average California teenager. She likes hanging out with her friends and talking on the phone. She does all right at school, and she's made the best of her parents' divorce. But in one way, she's special: on her 15th birthday, a fast-moving plague wipes out everyone she's ever known, yet somehow it passes her by.
Her family dead, alone in a corpse-strewn metropolis, she has no choice but to survive. She needs food, shelter, a safe place to sleep. She discovers that an ordinary girl is capable of extraordinary things, and that she's more resilient than she imagined. Even so, she wishes more than anything that she could just find another survivor.
Unfortunately for Scarlett, not everyone who survived the plague is looking for companionship. And she's about to find out just how difficult survival really is.
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By Yesenia on 01-01-18
Not your typical PA novel
While this is more of a YA PA novel (and is not a zombie apocalypse story), I really enjoyed listening to it. It was very different from what you usually read where you have two characters... either one completely prepped for the aftermath or one who can't do anything ever. It seemed to me to be what REAL people would do in a lot of the cases and I didn't ever have a sense of "oh, come on" to some fantastical feat taken by the main character. Just a normal teenage girl who tells her story.
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By Gnondpom on 05-05-15
Great novel, even if you're not into YA
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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By Tony Bough on 12-09-15
Absolutely brilliant. An end of the world book
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?
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com
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