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The Quiet at the End of the World

Magazine article School Librarian

The Quiet at the End of the World

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James, Lauren

The Quiet at the End of the World

Walker, 2019, pp352, [pounds sterling]7.99 978 1 4063 7551 0

Following a toxic virus which renders the population infertile, the human race is now close to extinction. The ones that remain live in a small community in London who pull together to look after one another and also attempt to cure the virus. The story centres around the only two young people within this diminishing aging population, Lowrie and Shen, best friends who have grown up together and deal with their situation with stoicism and maturity beyond their years.

Their friendship is what gives the story it's heart, and it's what makes the book so difficult to put down. Lowrie and Shen are instantly loveable, and they have depth of personality which makes it easy to connect with them as characters. Lowrie is passionate and practical, Shen is more considered and analytical. …

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