- File Size: 923 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smarmy Press (February 2, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BFFJSR4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book is written as a long letter broken up by date headings. The protagonist is a mid-twenties man who has agoraphobia at the least from reading his letter.
He is writing to the girl in the apartment across the hall who he's never had the confidence to even speak to. Unfortunately, before he can gather his courage, the world's already terrible situation gets much worse.
It appears he is the last human on earth, yet he continues writing his crush while building courage to venture out of his apartment to investigate what's happened.
All in all, the story really held my attention and surprised me a few times. However, as a fan of King and even darker indy authors, I didn't find this book all that dark or gritty. It was realistic but not overly descriptive nor gory for the sake of gore- which I highly respect. It's harder to build horror and suspense without over emphasizing gore and so forth.
My favorite thing about this novella is that the way it is written makes it easy to read one or two days then put it down if you're short on time. It's still good for a longer read as well, but it's always nice to have something to fit into a break at work without leaving yourself hanging.
This story took me on Decker's eerie and lonely journey, filled with colorful and extremely descriptive observations. The only disappointing aspect is that I will have to wait (but not too long) for more Decker!
The most interesting aspect of his story is that Decker starts as someone afraid to leave his home. He orders everything and has it delivered. He is just overwhelmed by people and the world so he stays in his apartment and watches the rest of the world live on TV and the internet. He made a lot of money at a young age and is a bit arrogant about it.
The end of the world frees Decker from his self-imposed isolation. He has to go out to get supplies, but the plague has taken care of his problem. There are no more people to deal with. He is at first horrified by what he sees, but he gets used to it, finds a bicycle and his freedom, and travels through the empty city. The plague cures agoraphobia. Who knew?
By the end of the book, Decker is a different person. We don't know what happened to him, but he admits in his final letter that he has done things he isn't proud of. Of course, the woman he was writing to is dead. Everyone is dead. He is as alone as he was at the beginning of the book, but his feelings about aloneness have changed greatly.
This is an excellent prequel. While the apocalypse happens in the background, we live it through the eyes of Decker. As the world ends, Decker comes to life. He is a fully fleshed-out character (he's the only one in the book) and we know him pretty well by the end of the book. It seems he has become a survivor, which is a surprise even to himself.
This is very well-written and gives us a different perspective on the end of the world than other post-apocalyptic books. This is the story of an ordinary, flawed man who transforms into a completely different person by the end of the book. This books give us the opportunity to go on that journey with him.
His reactions are recorded in a letter to a girl he would like to meet, but is too fearful to approach. This strikes me as perfectly believable, even painfully personal. The observations exposed in the story are interesting and familiar, and often are compelling truths about our existence.
I look so forward to reading more of the series, if for nothing else than to live the achievements of the characters; as if I can take comfort in believing I am not the only awkward lonely soul staring out my window.
Velocifapptor recommends this novella with extreme prejudice. Well done, Tim and LT.