The End is Nigh Book Review

Title: The End is Nigh

Author: Multiple, Edited by John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Anthologies, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic

Rating: 5 out of 5.

One Word Review: Foreboding

Wool by Hugh Howey is one of my favorite books of all time. It made me fall in love with apocalyptic stories by demonstrating that such stories aren’t just about crumbling worlds because of zombie-creating infections. I had to pick this book up when I saw Hugh Howey edited and wrote a story for The End is Nigh.

Synopsis

Do you ever read post-apocalyptic stories and wonder how people coped with news that the world will soon end? The End is Nigh is an anthology of short stories written by various authors exploring one common theme: the world is about to end.

The stories take us on different journeys as diverse characters prepare for Planet Earth to crumble from alien invasions to dinosaur-extinction-sized asteroids and even governments convincing us to vaporize each other.

Book Review

Short story anthologies that I’ve read haven’t made me a big fan of the genre in the past. For example, I read half of Exhalation by Ted Chiang before I put it down, and it’s a praised book. It’s challenging to switch your brain quickly from one story to the next, especially when the stories have nothing to do with each other. That wasn’t an issue when reading The End is Nigh.

I enjoyed that each story followed a common theme: the world was ending. Reading the angle each author took on the writing prompt was entertaining. The stories have a clear plot and ending that allowed me to part with the characters and story and move on to the next one.

The End is Nigh is an entertaining and delightful read. I’m excited to read the next book in the series.

How I Rate Each Short Story

My favorite story was Spores by Seanan McGuire. The threat that ends the world is a brilliant twist on a nightmare scientists warn about, and McGuire paints a haunting image of the victims.

Heaven is a place on planet X by Desirina Boskovich is another incredible story in this book. It built doubt and reminds the reader of both the importance and consequences of questioning the status quo.

The End is Nigh is full of really great stories. Here is how I would rate each one

The Balm and the Wound by Robin Wasserman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heaven is a place on planet X by Desirina Boskovich

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Break! Break! Break! By Charlie Jane Anders

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The Gods will not be Chained by Ken Lui

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Wedding Day by Jake Kerr

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Removal Order by Tananarive Due

Rating: 3 out of 5.

System Reset by Tobias S. Buckell

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This Unkempt World is Falling to Pieces by Jamie Ford

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bring her to me by Ben H. Winters 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In the Air by Hugh Howy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodnight Moon by Annie Bellet

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Dancing with Death in the Land of NOD by Will McIntosh

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Houses without Air by Megan Arkenberg

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The Fifth Day of Deer Camp by Scott Sigler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Enjoy the Moment by Jack McDevitt

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Pretty Soon the Four Horsemen are Going to Come Riding Through by Nancy Kress

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spores by Seanan McGuire

Rating: 5 out of 5.

She’s got a Ticket to Ride by Jonathan Mayberry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Agent Unknown by David Wellington

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Enlightenment by Matthew Mather

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Shooting the Apocalypse by Paolo Bacigalupi

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Love Perverts by Sarah Langan

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Should you read it?

I highly recommend adding The End is Nigh to your reading list if you enjoy apocalyptic stories. It’s a great book to keep near you to fill time when waiting for appointments, read between commercials, or chip away at before bed.


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Published by Alexys

Hi, I’m Alexys. I love to write. I enjoy the process of finding the best words to express my points, emotions, and imagination. Alexys Writes is my personal blog, a place where I write about whatever I want and share it with you, my dear reader.

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