The Quiet At the End of the World by Lauren James

the quiet at the end of the world


How far would you go to save those you love?

Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.

Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .


The main charecter, Lowrie, is bisexual. The love interest in Chinese/British and has a hearing impairment. Maya’s boyfriend is a trans man.


I’m not really sure how to review this aside from making the obvious comparison of how this is like a fluffy, light version of I, Robot by Issac Asimov which I loved, by the way, and is absolutely not an insult. It’s always so difficult to review a book that you love that isn’t just incoherant screaming.

Despite being a dystopian and in a situation where most people would very much not be loving life, it still makes you feel good. The romance is sweet and innocent and cute. It’s like a dystopian that makes you feel good, and I love that.

I thought it was an interesting take on apocalypses, as well. I’m used to seeing things done the same way over and over again and the solutions they come up with to solve the problems of infertility are super interesting, and to be honest exactly what I can imagine happening if the real world was ever to become infertile.

I think what I most enjoyed about this book was that it was so comfortable. Sometimes, I can get really stressed out reading a book with lots of tension and things all up in the air but throughout this whole novel we know things will end up okay. We just aren’t completely sure how, but we know it’ll be alright. It’s such a cosy science-fiction dystopian. I reccomend it.



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