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Publisher's Summary

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

The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a 20-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 13-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.

©2021 Gene Doucette (P)2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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  • Margrett Irish
  • 30-05-2021

Wow, this was a nice surprise.

What a fresh and unique perspective. This is not the standard worn our apocalypse genre with zombies, emp's or plagues. At first I as annoyed by the narration, but then it changed to a different character and that helped. The change between persons was very nicely done with the change of narrator for each individual. This had me guessing what had happened all the way up until the end. I would certainly recommend this book.

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  • E
  • 17-06-2021

Loved all prior Gene Doucette books but gave up

I love Gene Doucette's work and have read everything by him. This one seemed to fall flat and, admittedly, I gave up and returned the title after the first 2 hours but...I give up. The book felt like I was listening to a bunch of clueless millennial and got old quick. Not a fan of the multiple narrators and the story just plodded along. I get that character development can take time but, if anything, I was just getting more annoyed with each character.

Returned this and hesitant to buy the other Doucette novel now (Two Suns at Sunset)

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  • Ryan Hooey
  • 15-06-2021

Whatever lol

I loved this audiobook! It had such a cool vibe all the way through. Of course, I like some points of you better than others but they all converge really really nicely. I liked all the twists and turns and how unique this spin of the apocalypse was. Some parts left me confused or puzzled while others had me laughing and wanting more. I will admit, little confused by the ending as it leaves some questions on answered but room for expansion of the universe, so let’s keep our fingers crossed there’s more to come for the story. This audiobook had the perfect set up for multiple narrators and all of them were exceptionally good. I loved hearing each narrator spin on other characters that also had a narrator in the book. It was a really good cast of characters and I really really enjoyed this one.

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  • Robert O Burrow
  • 16-07-2021

Great idea for a short story

This book really does have a great premise, and the end is satisfying enough, but 80% of the story is just filler to make it book length. Would have made a top-notch short story.

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  • Andrew
  • 28-06-2021

A lazy attempt at a young adult sci-fi novel

This book is full of lazy writing, lacking meaningful exposition on any plot points. Here, I'll save you a credit-
"Why did the world end?" Because aliens.
"Ok, but why?" Something about an energy source.
"Can you expound on that?" No, that's literally the extent of the explanation provided by the author. There was a total of two sentences about it, I think.
"Well, then what happens?" Nothing. The book is over.

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  • mix579
  • 13-09-2021

Lame

Not what I expect from Doucette. Took me a bit to get used to the multiple narrators but that didn't bother me much. Beginning was pretty good, Middle felt like an aimless drag. And then he realized he was running out of pages and came up with a stupid ending out of nowhere. Felt a bit like Lost. You've invested all the hours and hope they somehow magically pull it all together into a satisfying ending and instead you get slapped in the face with an inane "solution".

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  • pamela
  • 20-08-2021

Glad I gave this a chance

I almost skipped this because of the negative reviews but I liked the sample and Post Apocalyptic is one of my favorite genres. I really enjoyed this and will listen to it again some day. I didn't find it tedious or plodding at all. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. This is one of the few Post Apocalyptic stories I have found that is not violent. I am probably in the minority in liking Post Apocalyptic stories that are not violent .... The Last Tribe and The China Pandemic come to mind. There is enough violence and crazy in the news and I read to escape that. I gave this five stars based on my enjoyment and surprise, hope you give this book a chance and also enjoy it.

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  • judy
  • 31-07-2021

Drags like crazy til near the end.

I really should have skipped out on getting this one. I am not a fan of post-apocalyptic stories in general, and the description didn't grab me. But, I usually love the author (his Immortal series is great! Fully recommend that one!), so I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and try it. I wish I had not. I had a very hard time getting up to the part that was actually worth reading (the ending was mostly satisfying). The first ¾ of the book was pretty tedious to get through, and I considered turning it off multiple times. I appreciate being introduced to the characters in a story and knowing some of what they went through, but I think there was an extreme overkill of that here. Given how the story ended, most of what we learned wasn't even important to know for the story to wrap up satisfactorily anyway. Plus, let’s be honest, you could have swapped in just about any person of almost any personality with any of the characters and not had to change the ending of the book—and that’s just no fun. Just--ugggg. Don't give me prattle just for the sake of making a book long. I agree with another review I read that said this would have made a great short story. Totally totally! Git rid of most of the buildup and keep the same ending--that would definitely have been much more enjoyable. The narration was good, if a bit different from a lot of books, just because you had multiple narrators. I had no issues with the individual narrators themselves and the jobs they did. All in all, I would recommend most people pass on this title—unless you really really enjoy having a carrot dangled in front of you (“what happened??”) for ¾ of a book as the only reason to keep reading. It’s just too much extra stuff you don’t need for a payoff that is really kind of “meh”.

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  • Kurtis Karr
  • 30-06-2021

Great story but the ending felt abrupt.

Doucette is always wonderful. However, this one has a few technical scientific issues that niggle at me, e.g. shelf life. Many things have a limited shelf life that most people don't consider. Fuel, bullets, canned foods, beer and candy bars would be useless after several decades as has passed during this book. Other than that, I think the choice of rotating narrators was awkward as it made the characters seem inconsistent.

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  • Saint Vitas
  • 22-06-2021

odd end of the world story

well , too many science students in Massachusetts wrote this plot. A group of odd characters are supposed to get a handle on the problem and avoid s disaster, but it does not work out. I am glad monsters came to explain what this was about. Everyone tried, but I wss not satisfied.

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  • Audiobooks Nest Reviews
  • 20-07-2021

Exceptional. Beautifully Written, Brilliantly Read

Oh. My. Days. This was phenomenal. The plot delivers in a way so many mysterious stories don't. The questions is poses are both genuinely puzzling and satisfyingly resolved.

For me, this as much about the characters as the plot. The seven were each interesting and complex in their own right. My favourites were Robbie (Zeno Robinson) and Ananda (Farah Merani), but I liked them all. Except maybe Bethany... But even there I was fascinated by her motivations and wondered what she would grow up to be had the world not 'whatevended'.

This was my first Gene Doucette book. I'll definitely look out for more.
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The performances were excellent. I particularly warmed to Zeno Robinson as Robbie, who came across as affable and an all round relatable person. The casting just right and it's always fun to have one narrator per main character, lending it that extra realistic touch.

I appreciated the user experience of the back-end of this audiobook. For example, chapter listing was especially detailed, showing not just chapter numbers, but also titles and parts.
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Shall I Compare Thee To...

The TV show Lost, but with a proper ending.

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