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The Apocalypse Journal of Wilmer Augustine Rendon (The 2012 Journals) [Kindle Edition]

Nathan Shaker
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Apocalypse Journal of Wilmer Augustine Rendon is a fast-paced, razor-sharp and intuitive novel about a teenager living in a world overcome by the hype of the 2012 doomsday predictions. Told through the entries that Wilmer makes in his assigned journal between October 31st, 2012 and December 22nd, 2012, The Apocalypse Journal of Wilmer Augustine Rendon is intelligent, quirky, entertaining and absolutely enthralling.

What will happen on December 21st, 2012? That is the question – maybe the Last Question Ever! – that has taken over the life of Wilmer Rendon, a high school freshman who’d rather find a date to the Winter Formal than deal with everyone’s obsession over the End of Days. Assigned to keep a journal for his required Apocalyptic Studies and Survival Skills (APS) class, Wilmer struggles to keep a level head about his father’s recent death, his mother’s obsession with building a Doomsday bunker, increasingly nutty teachers and a dominating warlord in Africa that seems to be the last, and most certain, sign that the end is near. With an ending that will twist your mind and keep you jittery until December 21st, 2012, The Apocalypse Journal will stick with readers long past the End of Days.

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  • File Size: 230 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By RandiTS
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I absolutely LOVED this book and the writing style and voice. I swear I heard my own kids while reading some of the passages - so realistic.

The story is about a boy, Wilmer, who is given an assignment, to write a journal as part of the preparedness for the End of the World that is expected to take place on Dec 21, 2012. The entire world is making preparations and watching for the four signs that the world truly will end as the Mayan calendar says.

Wilmer's father was killed on a plane crash thus his mom has the insurance money to spend to start building a bunker where she and Wilmer are going to survive the end of the world. Wilmer's entries refer to daily life, world events, his mom and her builder and the trials of the bunker, and his take on whether this is actually going to happen along with whether he is going to get a date for the "last dance of the world". It builds from the occasion news story to the building hysteria from a mature teenager's point of view.

The writing voice is not childish - it is mature, sarcastic at times, and you feel like you are truly part of what is going on in Wilmer's life and the world around him. I was so caught up that I read it in one sitting (literally - the kids can always eat out of the dog's bowls if they get that hungry and there is water in the pantry so don't call CPS yet) because I had to see how this ended.

I was not expecting how it ended which made it an even better book since you can usually figure out where it is going.

I strongly recommend this book for readers of all ages - you will enjoy it as an adult and get insight of how a child would think of this type of situation and a teenager would be caught up in the drama as well. I would not let my 10 yr old read it because I think it would give her nightmares worrying about 2012 but my 15 yr old yr read it and enjoyed it as well.

I look forward to more books by this author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting April 29, 2012
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It is a well written and interesting read. I recommend it to anyone in the teenage/young adult bracket. Well worth reading
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The best, or perhaps worst, thing I can say about this book is that it has me looking forward to the next 10 months with trepidation. It is a fantastic, yet somehow realistic, view of the worst side of humanity before the prophesied end of the world.

It took me a couple of entries to fully buy-in to the diary-method of story telling, but after I did, I heartily enjoyed it. As with any good book, when you are reading, it succeeds in removing you from reality -- in this case, a bit scarily so. The characters are great, and the insights from the prescient young-adult narrator are brilliant and far-reaching without seeming forced.

A truly brilliant effort -- I hope for more from Mr. Shaker in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars None November 23, 2012
By Makaio
Could not put this book down at all and the ending left me wanting more. Extremely well done ending (I actually kept hitting next page on my kindle hoping there was more), my only problem was that the protagonist behaved more like an adult than the fourteen year old he was supposed to be.
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