“We’re here as a terrorist cell looking to bring down the Board of Officials that essentially controls the entire Human Race. Those on Earth may have their own figures of authority in the Spheres but whether they ultimately live or die depends on decisions that the Board make. If we take them down then Humanity after they’re gone can only be better” At the dawn of the 22nd Century, the Earth is dead. A lethal alien organism has rendered the planet uninhabitable and a small fraction of humanity has retreated to Space and the Moon. Those that remain on Earth are trapped in huge Spheres that encompass entire cities, tinted to defend against the deadly UV radiation that the atmosphere no longer protects Humanity from. 17-year-old Alec Corbett lives aboard the adapted International Space Station. One ordinary day in his mundane life he transforms his potential when he discovers information that could expose the corruption of the Board of Officials that now controls humanity. Armed with nothing but knowledge and his friend Jonah Jones by his side, Alec’s righteous judgement leads them on a merciless and unforgiving path. For there is one key problem – the information comes from his father Landon Corbett; a member of the Board. Pitted against his own flesh and blood, Alec finds himself in a unique position to end the Board of Officials’ dictatorship over Humanity. However, all is not as it seems and as the stakes grow increasingly higher, Humanity reaches the brink of all-out-war. Only Alec and his group of friends can peacefully negate the situation, but it all depends on whether or not anyone will listen to a 17-year-old boy.
Let me start off with WOW, When the World Ends was exceptionally written. There was so much action going on and the way Marshall wrote the details was awesome. While reading this book I thought of every space movie I’ve ever seen (Sphere and Alien come to mind right now) and also of The Dwellers Saga by David Estes since When the World Ends falls into the futuristic dystopian genre, which by the way I absolutely loved.
This book is based in the future where Earth is dying from an alien organism that is eating away at its ozone layer. Humans are routed to the Moon on a facility called the International Space Station (ISS) in hopes to escape the horrid effects the organism has caused. But not everyone fits, there is limited space and many people are left behind.
The ISS is divided into levels, the higher your level the wealthier you are. 17-year old Alec lives a dull, boring life on level 3. His father Landon is on the Board of Officials. Alec likes to wander around Level 1. He meets and befriends a boy close in age named Jonah. Alec happens to come upon some disgraceful information that could be responsible for the deaths of two thousand people. Alec doesn’t agree with what his father does and he decides to form a group to help the less fortunate against the President and the Board members. Then shit gets real…
I was captivated by the background stories of the characters. Where they came from, what/who the left behind and how they ended up where they are now. Everything they went through I felt, happiness, sadness, grief and love, which I think is very important when reading a book. I felt sad for both Alec and Jonah; though they are from “different worlds” they are still the same.
Amazing job for a debut novel, I expect we will be seeing great things from Marshall in the future.
“I am currently studying a B.Sc. Physical Geography Degree at the University of Reading in Berkshire, England, with the intention of pursuing a career in teaching secondary school pupils. I was born and raised in England and am presently twenty years old. “When the World Ends. . .” is my first publication and I’m incredibly excited to be working with the people at AuthorHouse in bringing my story to real, tangible pages! Writing has always been a hobby and a passion of mine from a very young age; I can recall writing a novel on my first family computer which was inspired (as well as a being blatant rip-off!) of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. It was really this book; the first full novel I had ever read by myself, that inspired me to write for myself and to create worlds beyond our own and fictions that can redefine the past or give suppositions about the future. I would list J.K. Rowling as one of my top inspirations, as well as the likes of Anthony Horowitz, Ian Banks, Charlaine Harris and Suzanne Collins. I also draw inspiration from T.V. shows and scriptwriters, such as Joss Whedon, J.J. Abram, Maurissa Tancheroen, Steven Moffat and Jane Espenson. Their work and the way that they construct characters and stories spur and challenge me to create my own little realities. So welcome to one of my little realities! I hope you enjoy it.
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