Apocalypse all the Time
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.
Marshall lives in a world where there is a new apocalyptic event every week or so, a zombie apocalypse, a flood apocalypse, a giant lizard apocalypse, the red plague, the blue plague and so on and so on. Marshall is fed up with the ridiculousness of it all, sure the world changes, but never ends and not many people die since the Apocalypse Amelioration Agency takes care of everything so quickly. Marshall is especially fed up with how the rest of humanity seems to act when each new apocalypse is announced- fornicating in the streets, looting, running around like the world will actually end. Marshall just wants a normal day, go to work, grocery shop, take a drive. He finally finds some sense of normalcy when he meets Bonnie. Bonnie is as fed up as Marshall and has plans on just what to do about all these apocalypses.
This was a very surprising book that I ended up loving. It is written quite matter-of-factly and sarcastically at points from Marshall's point of view after everything has happened. The absurdity of everything is what really got me, even though Marshall's world is filled with horrific events on a weekly basis, there is a higher power- literally a figure in the sky- telling everyone that everything will be all right and fixing things. This reminded me of the world we live in today, horrific events might not be happening to the same group of people, but every day we hear of something new and terrible happening somewhere. I loved the way in which Marshall and Bonnie finally come to grips with the world they must live in with humor and ingenuity. I did wonder how exactly the world got the way it was, but that wasn't really the point. The ending was a surprise and definitely makes a point about the human condition in today's world.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.