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Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism.
Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop . . . one way or another. Even if he has to end the world himself.
Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.
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This book was absolutely hilarious. Imagine what life would be like if the world as we know it was always on the brink of ending. That’s exactly what this book does. I think what I found most humorous about this book was that the people who Marshall encounters never seem to keep a level head about the frequent apocalypses. One would think that with the world almost ending on a practically daily basis, it would lose its novelty and people would stop freaking out all of the time, but that simply isn’t the case. Marshall’s inner thoughts on these peoples’ actions are pure gold.
This was so different from any apocalypse/dystopian book I have ever read. This book makes fun of human’s constant fear that *something* will end the world, and it is absolutely wonderful. I found myself constantly laughing while reading Apocalypse All the Time and it was such a fast, fun read. Apocalypse All the Time is quirky and funny, and an absolute must-read if you love dystopian fiction.
I give Apocalypse All the Time 4/5 stars. You can order it from the following places:
About the Author:
David S. Atkinson has devoted his free time to reading and writing for as long as he can remember. His writing focus is primarily fiction—short stories and novels—though he expresses himself through poetry and nonfiction as well. David also has a fondness for obtaining college degrees, with four at the latest count (B.S. in computer science from the University of Nebraska Omaha, J.D. from Creighton University, B.A. in English literature from the New York Institute of Technology and M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Nebraska).
Originally from Nebraska, David now spends his nonliterary time working as a patent attorney in Denver, Colorado.
David is the author of Apocalypse All the Time (forthcoming from Literary Wanderlust on January 1, 2017), Not Quite So Stories, Bones Buried in the Dirt (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® finalist, First Novel (under 80,000 words)) and The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards finalist in humor). His writing has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review and other literary magazines and journals.