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- Print Length: 291 pages
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- Publisher: Lone Road Publishing, LLC (December 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017MXTQ4S
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There's little hope for them, especially as it becomes clear that those responsible for their situation are far from finished with the Earth. Anyone would have a hard time finding the will and spirit to go on, especially someone prone to clinical depression, like Alan. It is only the love for his son, whom he's also had a troubled relationship with, and the boy's own natural desire to find pleasure in life and have fun, that provides him a lifeline.
I've seen a few reviewers criticize the book for not having a clear how and why explanation for the things that happen in the story. But I don't think that that's really the point. It's not about WHY father and son are the last people on Earth, it's about their relationship, and the revelation that in the end, it's the small joys in life that make it worth living.
Everyone in the world has disappeared, except for father Alan and his 8-year-old son Todd. Alan has depression (currently controlled by meds) and has also been a distant and unloving father to his son -- his wife had been the intermediary between them. Now he must not only cope with surviving after the end of civilization, but also try to repair his relationship with his son.
Events happen, certainly, and Todd and Alan have plenty of conversations, but what makes this book stand out is his inner dialogs. Alan was distant and unloving to his son because that's what he had experienced from his own father, and the pull to follow that example is incredibly strong. At every event, and at every decision point, his first instinct is to behave as his father would have. We hear his inner "Dad Alan" trying to pull him toward real parenting behavior, while the echoes of his father's voice pull him toward remaining distant and unloving. Add Alan's returning depression to the mix, and Alan is really tortured.
Make no mistake about it, this novel is dark. If you didn't have a similar childhood, you might think the reported thoughts were unrealistic, but they ring completely true. Kudos to the author for sustaining this device through an entire novel. I give him kudos also for two original elements of an end-of-the-world story, one that they start to see very early and one that comes only in the last couple of pages.
The editing was good, just a couple of minor mistakes here and there, like "know" for "known" if I recall correctly. Another reviewer commented on the use of "gods" for "god" in exclamations, and I did notice that too. I'm not sure what the author was trying to do there, especially since there were a couple of occasions where Alan cried out "Oh, God". Anyway, it didn't bother me as much as that other reviewer, though I think the novel would have been better without that distraction.
You won't forget this one the moment you close your Kindle, that's for sure.