The Apocalypse Seven by Gene Doucette tells of seven people who woke up one day, with the rest of humanity vanished. Mr. Doucette is a published science-fiction and fantasy author.
The interesting aspects of The Apocalypse Seven by Gene Doucette are the overall survival aspects of a world gone empty. The protagonists of the story each attempts to figure out how to get food, shelter, as well as deal with climate change. For them, we must remember, the weather changed in a day, not over a long period of time.
The narrative switches points-of-view from each one of the seven protagonists. Each person has their own experience trying to survive the day, as well as, a theory of what has happened to the world. The ending has a twist which I saw coming, but another twist which I did not see coming at all.
I felt some of the parts were cheesy, but fun nonetheless. Telling the story from the point of view of seven people, consequently none of them seem to resonate with me. I was certainly following their stories; however, I had no personal stake in any of them.
The philosophical questions which usually accompany these books (religion, ethics, sanctify of life, etc.) were only glossed on in the novel. Personally, I didn’t mind it, frankly those discussions wouldn’t fit the narrative, but I thought I should mention it.
This was a fun book, well written and a quick read. I haven’t read much apocalypse fiction, a few months ago I read The Origin Mystery series, in which I discovered how close the human race was to extinction several times. For a book about the possible end of humanity, this one was filled with humor and lightheartedness.
Touré woke up in his Cambridge dorm, in his own bed, not to mention all this stuff is gone and seems like someone else’s clothes are in his drawers. Touré finds Carol and Robbie, Harvard freshmen and slowly realize the rest of humanity has simply vanished.
The threesome finds four more people who surprisingly have survived… not knowing why or how. Together the seven try to piece together what has happened, in addition to with dealing with the strange climate they’re encountering.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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