The Quiet at the End of the World Book Review

The Quiet at the End of the World Book Cover The Quiet at the End of the World
Lauren James
Science Fiction, Young Adult
Walker Books
Marth 7th 2019

How far would you go to save those you love?

Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.

Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .

“We live in the quiet at the end of the world. The slow winding-down clockwork motions before life stops completely. Time is slipping through our fingers.” 

This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2019. When my local bookstore had it in stock I grabbed it right away. Needless to say, The Quiet at the End of the World was everything I wanted it to be and so much more!

Everything about The Quiet at the End of the World is fantastic. The story is top tier, the characters are outstanding and, as I’ve come to learn about Lauren James books, layered with twists that weren’t expected. The diversity in the book is also so good. The main character is bisexual, her love interest is a Chinese boy and there is also a trans character. The story is super intriguing, based on a dystopian world where the human race is on the brink of extinction. The book made me think highly about the possibility of what comes after humans. A very thought-provoking topic!

As for the characters, I LOVED THEM SO MUCH OH MY GOODNESS. The level of detail that came with every character was simply out of this world. The main protagonist Lowrie and her best friend Shen are the last two teenagers in the world. They both love to go mudlarking through London to find treasures from the past. But when an illness arises in their community, they need to work out what is happening and solve it, or they will truly be the last humans in the world.

“Our lives are particles on a riverbed being lost by the waters of time.”

Lowrie is such an incredible character to read about. She loves to go treasure hunting and she is super smart when it comes to fixing things. I love how she enjoys finding out more information about the treasures she finds during her mudlarking. Lowrie also has so many incredible thoughts and moments during the story. She made me think more about what it means to be alive and to be loved, which is such an important part of our lives.

Shen, Lowrie’s best friend, and the only other teenager in the world is also amazing. He has a massive fascination about aliens and believes it is the reason why everything happened. He has no shame when it comes to admitting he would happily marry one, which I found hilarious. His relationship with Lowrie is also so heartwarming and I love how they interact with each other. What I would love to see at one point is the story told from his point-of-view. I just want to see inside his head and see what he was thinking during the entire story. I just need more!

Also, Mitch is an incredibly cute robot and I want him as a figurine. NEXT!

“…Maybe that’s what matters. Maybe that’s what being “alive” is. It’s not some trick. There’s no magic chemical that gives something a soul. It’s about being loved and loving in return.”

Overall I LOVED this book. I don’t think I can even think of a world that can describe how incredible a book this was. I am over the moon! It had everything in it that I want from a book. An amazing story that kept getting better with every page, fantastic characters both big and small and a romance that made me feel all giddy inside. It was so wholesome.

I IMPLORE you guys to buy this book. If you love dystopian twisty science fiction novels that keep you wanting to find out more, you will not find a better one than The Quiet at the End of the World!

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