THE SUMMER THE WORLD ENDED
by Matthew S. Cox
GENRE: Contemporary, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
PAGES: eARC, 268 pages // Paperback, 268 pages
PUBLISHED: 29 June 2015, Curiosity Quills Press
SOURCE: eARC provided for a tour
As far as Riley McCullough is concerned, her best friend getting ‘dragged’ off to Puerto Vallarta for the first two weeks of summer vacation was the end of the world―at least until the bombs fell.
Life in suburban New Jersey with her mother has been comfortable, not to mention boring, to an introverted fourteen year old. As if her friend’s surprise trip wasn’t bad enough, her expectations for the ‘best summer ever’ disintegrate when she gets sent across the country to stay with a father she hasn’t seen in six years. Adjusting to a tiny, desert town where everyone stares at them like they don’t belong proves difficult, and leaves her feeling more isolated than ever. To make matters worse, her secretive father won’t tell the truth about why he left―or what he’s hiding.
Her luck takes an unexpected turn for the better when she meets a boy who shares her interest in video games and contempt for small town boredom. In him, she finds a kindred spirit who might just make the middle of nowhere tolerable.
Happiness is short lived; fleeing nuclear Armageddon, she takes shelter with her dad in an underground bunker he’d spent years preparing. After fourteen days without sun, Riley must overcome the sorrow of losing everything to save the one person she cares about most.
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.
He is also fond of cats.
This is one of the rare times I’d let you judge me by my first review at Goodreads.
*copies and pastes my Goodreads review here* This review was first posted at <a href=”link_of_goodreads_review”>Goodreads</a> I’m sorry if I sound really shallow or off in this review, I lack sleep and I can’t breathe and I feel like I’m coming down with a fever and college is starting next week and yes, I’m panicking over everything and nothing.
My first and final conclusion is that this book is epic AND funny.
It is twisty. Not the first things you’ll actually think of but if you’re fast to pick up on things, you’ll see some things coming but not entirely. Because it is twisty.
This book is very refreshing to read. And the writing is reaallllyyy good.
I love the diversity in the characters. My favourite side character is probably Camila. She’s cool and weird and off at the same time. I love Riley. She’s so unique yet cliche at the same time. I can’t quite explain it
which makes me freaking useless but my first sentence sums it up quite nicely. Near enough but still so far away.
Anyway, the plot twists will really get people surprised – just exactly the way plot twists are supposed to. This is my first Matthew Cox book and if all of his books have twisty plot element, he’ll definitely be my auto-buy author. I SWEAR. The best thing about this book (aside from the writing) is the pace. If things moved a little too fast or slower, my opinion would’ve changed but this book moved in a perfectly quiet pace that the plot twist will really get to you the way plot twists are supposed to.
Overall, this kind of book is really are nowadays. It’s difficult to find a really good book with magnificent writing and great plot, plot twists, and characters. The Summer The World Ended needs to be mainstream. In the world we’re living in right now, Riley’s father should be heard. He had a big point about this world. This book is very precious, you know. It’s just everything. The thrill, the suspense, the mystery, the romance, the family, the moral,diversity, the young-adult-ness. EVERYTHING. Go ahead and read this book or World War Three will start sooner than we all think.
I need a new wink gif.