The End of the World Running Clubby Adrian J. Walker
Rating: 5 Star
I have read a lot of apocalyptic thrillers in my time, and this one by Adrian Walker is easily one of my newest favourites.
The End of the World Running Club follows the story of Edgar Hill, a 35 year old average guy who lives with his wife and two children in Scotland, who wakes up with a stinking hangover one morning and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a catastrophic asteroid strike.
Adrian Walker spends a lot of time building up Edgar's character very early in the story so when he is thrust into the chaos that follows that initial asteroid strike you really experience it through his eyes. He's a very believable yet imperfect character. At various stages through the book I was either rooting for him, or really annoyed by some of his actions, but for me that made the story all the more engaging.
After surviving the initial strike, the story then turns into a form of road trip, albeit with the main characters travelling on foot due to the devastation. The End of the World Running Club is the name of the group of characters that Adrian travels with as he runs the length of the country in a bid to be reunited with his family.
Walker really paints a vivid picture of what life would be like for people struggling for survival in the world that he has created and several of the scenes are really quite grim. However, the plot races along with several unexpected twists and turns, and I just had to find out the ending as soon as I possibly could.
I thought this was an excellent thriller and I highly recommend it.
I received a free copy of this story via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.