DNF: The Apocalypse Seven

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The blurb for this book reads, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whatever.” And that’s kinda how I feel about this book…”whatever.”

Cover image of The Apocalypse Seven by Gene Doucette

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whatever.

The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a twenty-something Cambridge coder, calls it after waking up one morning to find himself seemingly the only person left in the city. Once he finds Robbie and Carol, two equally disoriented Harvard freshmen, he realizes he isn’t alone, but the name sticks: Whateverpocalypse. But it doesn’t explain where everyone went. It doesn’t explain how the city became overgrown with vegetation in the space of a night. Or how wild animals with no fear of humans came to roam the streets.

Add freakish weather to the mix, swings of temperature that spawn tornadoes one minute and snowstorms the next, and it seems things can’t get much weirder. Yet even as a handful of new survivors appear—Paul, a preacher as quick with a gun as a Bible verse; Win, a young professional with a horse; Bethany, a thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent; and Ananda, an MIT astrophysics adjunct—life in Cambridge, Massachusetts gets stranger and stranger.

The self-styled Apocalypse Seven are tired of questions with no answers. Tired of being hunted by things seen and unseen. Now, armed with curiosity, desperation, a shotgun, and a bow, they become the hunters. And that’s when things truly get weird.

Goodreads Blurb

The Apocalypse Seven is a DNF for me. I made it through about seven percent of the book before I stopped. There were essentially two reasons:

The first was the version I received was formatted horribly. Random words with a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, spacing issues between paragraphs (sometimes no spacing at all, sometimes too much), Chapters starting midway down a page, the list goes on. I recognize this isn’t the fault of the author and it isn’t fair to them to have the book rated down if the publisher sent out a badly formatted text. It’s on the publisher to provide a readable text to for reviewers to read.

So I tried to continue on even with the formatting errors but I just really couldn’t get into the story. By the time I stopped reading I’d been introduced to three characters all of whom wake up one morning to discover the world had changed. There was nobody around (except these three in close proximity), the grass and bushes and trees have grown wildly, and basically it seems like the end of the world came and forgot these three. But their reaction is just like, “huh…this is weird…let’s go find some lunch.” Their reaction to their predicament was just completely not believable. Add to that the dialogue was weak and nothing really grabbed my attention. The characters were like “whatever” and that was sorta my reaction too.

I’m trying to be better about not forcing myself to continue with a book that I’m just not into. So, this has become my first DNF of the year.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Author: Gene Doucette
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Format: Kindle ARC
Pages: 363

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