Book review: The End Of The World Running Club, by Adrian J Walker
When the lovely people at Penguin asked if I would like to read one of their summer reads, I jumped at the chance. The only problem was knowing which to choose from their wide range on offer. I opted for The End Of The World Running Club by Adrian J Walker.
Edgar Hill has been coasting in life. Not a great role model for his kids, barely there for his family. He didn't see the news headlines late that night, instead drinking on his own in his front room. So he wasn't prepared for what happened next. The end of the world. Destruction, death and terror rain down on his community. The extent of the devastation gradually emerges, but it is only when he is separated from his wife and children that he starts to find himself and rediscover his purpose.
His challenge now - to travel 550 miles, on foot, across a barren and broken land, to try to reach his family before it is too late.
This is a gripping book, and I found it hard to put it down. From the descriptions of the characters, to the bewildering scenes they encounter and the isolation so apparent, I really could see and hear what was going on. Parts of this story are not for the faint-hearted - the world has just ended, after all, and society has collapsed as a result - but the theme of hope runs through. I was left wanting more at the end - maybe a sequel so we can find out what happened next? Definitely one to read.
The End Of The World Running Club, by Adrian J Walker, is published by Del Rey - part of Penguin Random House. More information can be found on the Penguin website. This book is also part of the BBC Radio 2 book club.
Disclosure: Penguin sent me this book to keep for the purposes of review. All opinions are our own.