Good morning and welcome to In the Books, featuring End of the World: The Beginning (Book 1) by Nesly Clerge.
About the Book: The year is 2050. The Order of World Society governs the globe, the weather, the currency, and all facets of people’s lives. The Peace for All Agenda is anything but peaceful. Scientist Gayle Conyers’ life in this new societal structure is orderly, routine, focused, safe. Then it isn’t. A renowned scientist forces her to work on a secret project that goes against her ethics and the Order. A protester warns her about the Order’s web of deception and the approaching end of days. Gayle soon finds herself with a foot in two worlds: A scientific realm that intends to alter humanity for all time, and a spiritual one, where she’s enmeshed in stories of prophecy, destruction, and the Apocalypse. Gayle remains skeptical. Until the Event that stuns the world, one that causes her to face the realization that this may, indeed, be the beginning of the end.
My Review: This is an interesting and awesome read for several reasons. The first is it’s basically a “What’s the worst that could happen” book that touches on the fears many have over the potential future of mankind. In short, it’s a typical dystopian story, but, more than that, it’s a perfect dystopian tale. By that, I mean it’s a page turning story with enough elements to makes us scoff or buy into what’s happening to the world.
And that’s the best quality to have in any book. We’re taken on a journey that plays on our own thoughts and beliefs, which can leave us confused as to who are the real bad guys: Are they the world government or the rebellious group holding onto their religion?
It strikes so close to home, I’m sure this story will be hated and loved, and, in my opinion, there really isn’t a middle ground as yet, but this is also the first book in a series, so my opinion could easily change.
The character are well written and engaging. Gayle and Michael are the atypical hero-style characters that flesh out the world around them and pose the greatest risk to the Order, but my favorite is the apparent villain, Dr. Karl Lee Armstrong. I’m a huge fan of the villains in stories and love how he’s written to be so secretive and appalling that leaves little doubt he’s the bad guy, though there is hope he may not be. lol. It helps secure my interest as he’s as complex and mysterious as Gayle and Michael, and I can’t wait to see what secrets he’s hiding and how it’ll help the rest of the series.