Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review - At The End by John Hennessy

How did I come into possession of this book?
This was another book I received in exchange for a review over at Jagged Edge reviews.  The author, John Hennessy, left me a personal note in the book which I thought was a great touch!  I offered to review this book since it’s a post-apocalyptic young adult book, one of my favorite genres.

What was it about?
Most of the human race is taken over the course of three consecutive nights.  The story starts with three young, somewhat geeky, teenagers trying to find out what happened and how to fix it.  They decide the best course of action is to head from Washington to Southern California and the JPL labs where they know there was research going on about extra terrestrial life.  Along the way they meet up with others and encounter what they soon find out are the creatures that have taken their families and friends.

What did I think?
I liked how this was a short quick read and it wrapped up the whole story by the end.  The glimpse you had of the world they were living in before the abductions was also really good and I felt like it some of it could actually be in our future.  I also enjoyed the narration switching between two of the main characters.  I wasn’t as big of fan of Darrel, but I really liked Maggy and always enjoy seeing a strong female character.  Also, almost all of the leaders mentioned in this book, whether it was the president or an army sergeant were all women which definitely wins points with me.  I do think it started a bit slow, but one I got into the meat of the story I finished it in one sitting.

Who would I recommend it to?
If you like YA dystopian or sci-fi and want a quick read that won’t throw you into a long epic saga, this is the book for you.  And make sure to give it a chance past the first couple chapters because the story seems to wrap up pretty quickly as soon as you are into it.