When the World Ends...

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When the World Ends...
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July 23, 2013
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“We’re here as a terrorist organization 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; protecting them from deadly UV radiation from which the atmosphere no longer shields them.

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. There is just one problem – the information comes from his father; a member of the Board.

Pitted against his own flesh and blood, Alec finds himself in no-mans-land between two divisions of humanity at the brink of all-out war. Only he has the key to peacefully negating the situation, but it all depends on whether or not anyone will listen to a 17-year-old boy.


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A great debut novel from new author

When the World Ends... is the debut novel from exciting new author, J. J Marshall. Set 100 years in the future, the 21st century earth as we know it now, is slowly being burned up by the sun and the story follows 17 year old Alec Corbett's struggle to proper in the new harsh environment of space. Not only that, but there are more sinister forces at work beneath the surface, who pose a threat to all of humanity. And somehow Alec gets right in the middle of trying to stop it!

Being drawn into this futuristic world is quite an experience. The twisty turny plot will keep you captivated from beginning to end and Marshall will completely absorb you into this make believe world that he has created. Through detailed description, he leaves no stone unturned and it is a credit to the depth of his imagination that translates every aspect of this new version of earth on to the page.

The main protagonist, Alec is likeable and well explored. His character sees the biggest progression as the novel continues and he has been given a sufficient amount of emotional depth to allow the reader to care about what happens to him. His dialogues with other characters are well thought out and help to continuously move the plot forward in a gripping way. The introduction of a main character reasonably late in the novel was an unexpected and exciting occurrence and I look forward to seeing her develop further in the remaining two books of the trilogy.

This book is a well written, gripping, plot driven adventure and Marshall's easily readable style makes it effortless to read. Within its pages there is something for everyone - from action to romance and everything in between. The author skilfully keeps you enthralled with shock revelations and a fast pace that makes it addictively entertaining. I am definitely looking forward to see how the story continues so make sure you don't miss out on this thrilling new summer read.

BY CHARLOTTE COSTER

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Not just for Sci-Fi fans. A well written plot-driven novel.

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The story follows Alec Corbett as he battles to bring down the villainous and morally corrupt Board of Officials in a very Alex Rider-esque way. While the plot may be full of twists and turns the narrative is easy to follow.

The concept and plot are particularly well thought through and there is always something to keep the readers attention with a few shocking and even tear-jerking moments along the way.

Fans of Alex Rider (or any other Anthony Horowitz work!) will enjoy this as will those with an interest in Sci-Fi. That being said however I do feel it would appeal to a wider audience of many ages and interests as it is an easily accessible book with themes that most people can relate to at least on some level.

The only thing I will say is that some characters needed a bit more development as there were many emotional issues that were glossed over in favour of a more action-packed plot. Although that isn't to take away from the emotional issues that WERE covered.

Definitely worth a read and I look forward to the promising sequel.

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Easy to follow narrative with many twists and turns.

The concept and plot are particularly well thought through.

Always something to keep the readers attention.

Themes which are easy to relate with and connect to.
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