The end of man was not signaled by marauding gangs or explosions, but with silence. People simply grew older knowing a younger generation would not be there to replace them. The final two residents in the neighborhood of Camelot, an old man and his invalid brother, are trapped in their house by forests full of cats and dogs battling with the bears and wolves to eat anything they can find. As the man struggles to survive, he recounts all the ways society changed as the human population continued to shrink. THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE WORLD END is the haunting account of a man who has witnessed the world fade away. It is also a story about the power of family.
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I read a lot in this and similar genres, and I'm often frustrated by either huge departures from reality requiring too much suspension of disbelief, or misguided twists/endings that undermine any depth that the story had. But this book gave me exactly what I look for.
This book is realistic and thought provoking in a very personal way. You will think about your life, your relationships, and of course what you would do in the main character's place every step of the way. It's uniquely relatable. This book is dark and meaningful. It's slow but with purpose. I'm really looking forward to more books from this author. I hope he explores more on this or similar subjects.
Blocks: They are alive in name only. They can’t move, talk, or do anything voluntarily. They have no significant brain activity. Within a short period of time every human pregnancy produces a Block. The population ages and no normal children are born to replace them.
“That’s how the world (at least as man sees it) will end. Not with armies conquering other nations, not with race wars or religious wars, but with people who can’t love or wish, people who can’t give you a hug when you need it, can’t offer advice when called upon. These silent masses will continue to age until the last generation of regular adults gets too old to take care of them, and then everyone will just fade away.”
Needless to say this is a really break (albeit thought provoking) premise and I felt the sadness and hopelessness of the narrator, as he cares for his totally dependent Block brother, Andrew, on a visceral level. This is no doubt due...
In a world where Dystopian Fiction is currently very popular, this book, brings an entirely refreshing twist to the topic. Typically, the "world" has been destroyed and is near the end due to some war, nuclear explosion, or something of that nature. In this book, everything falls apart very differently -- the world is bare and empty due to all children being born with a severe lifeless medical condition. I probably enjoyed this book more than the average person because I have two auto-immune diseases. I often think about what is causing so many people to be diagnosed with medical conditions and cancer at such an alarming rate. This intrigues me so I had a personal attachment to the story.
The story is definitely a somber one but well-written. The details are specific and it's very easy to feel for the characters. I think the key to a good book is feeling like you are invested in the story and the characters lives. I definitely felt that way when reading this book. You...
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