Happiness is short lived; fleeing nuclear Armageddon, she takes shelter with her dad in an underground bunker he’d spent years preparing. After fourteen days without sun, Riley must overcome the sorrow of losing everything to save the one person she cares about most.
Title: The Summer the World Ended
Author: Matthew S. Cox
Published: June 29, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
There are so many great things about this book, I'm not sure where know where to start.
Let's talk about Riley, our protagonist. I haven't spent a lot of time around teenage girls, but I'm pretty sure Cox writes her flawlessly. He captured her teen angst, mood swings, and giddiness so that it's impossible not to feel her excitement when playing video games, her anger and depression at losing her mother and relocating to another state, and her affection for a boy.
Oh, and speaking of video games, it's quite obvious that Cox is a gamer (or did some amazing research!), and knows his stuff. I love how Riley trolls the older dudes on Call of Duty. Those scenes made me laugh. Only once did he use an acronym that a non-gamer wouldn't know (I admit that I had to ask my 14-year-old son, who was greatly amused by my gaming ignorance). However, that didn't at all detract from the story.
Though there isn't non-stop action, per se, it is paced very well. I was looking forward to every moment I could sit down with the book and find out what happens next. Honestly, I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars, simply because it's such a unique story with a twist that will leave your head spinning. In fact, my jaw was hanging open--literally--and I didn't care if people stared at me.
I promise you won't be disappointed in this amazing book!
About the Author
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.
He is also fond of cats.