Tuesday, April 23, 2013

As the World Ends Review

 As the World Ends  

Author: Marian Lanouette
Publisher: CreateSpace
American release date: January 18, 2013
Format/Genre/Length: Paperback/ Drama Romance/115pages
Overall Personal Rating: ★★★★

The date of the end of the world, as predicted by the Mayan calendar, has come and gone, and everyone’s moved on, right? No harm, nothing lost. Or were the Mayans maybe just off a year in their calculations? Mysterious explosions with no apparent cause have everyone spooked, and one couple decides it’s time to get out of Dodge. The end of the world just might be here, and they intend to survive it.

Rob and Lauren are the perfect couple, very much in sync and in love. When Rob instructs Lauren to pack, they need to go, she listens. Both are outdoors types that enjoy camping, but this is serious, this is a matter of survival. Luckily, Rob’s got a cave in the mountains that’s going to be perfect for them to hide away until they figure out what’s going on.

The trouble is, their sanctuary is known to someone else, a wild card named Roan, a survivalist who’s been planning for the end of the world for some time. He knew Rob and Lauren came up to the cave—he’d caught them on video, unbeknownst to them. And he liked what he saw of Lauren, and lusted after her.

So when the explosions began, he hightails it to the cave, and hopes she’ll show up too... determined to have her, no matter what it takes to get her.

It’s come down to basic issues of survival: kill or be killed. And the question of what will you do to ensure the one you love remains safe?

Marian Lanouette explores basic human nature once the veneer of society is ripped away, when the name of the game is survival. Are we as civilized as we think, or do baser instincts take over? From the first moment that Rob sees Roan, he knows what he wants—Lauren—and he’s damned if he’s going to let him get her.

This is a fast-paced tale that will keep you wondering until the end, and make you question in a world gone crazy, are there still good guy and bad guys? Or just winners and losers?

Rob and Lauren present a united front, alike in mind and spirit. But circumstances have changed—will it alter how they perceive each other?

Suppose you thought the rest of the world was gone, perhaps forever? Does that change the rules of how the game is played? And are the laws of man tossed aside to make way for the survival of the fittest?

As the World Ends is a page-turner that will keep you in suspense until the very end. Is the end of the world the end of humanity, or the next step in evolution?

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