The end of the world? That's the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when 16-year-old Tess's doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he's gone crazy.... Until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal craters and setting much of the world ablaze.
Tess' dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice - he must find her missing brother.
Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it for anyone but him, and to stay put until he returns. But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?
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By Tilo on 25-11-15
Very good but makes no sense
There are no zombies. No guns. No action. No problems surviving, everything they could just pick off shelves. Mostly just two characters. No explanation for the bizzare end of the world events; meteors, inexplicably powerful storms and everyones just vanished. The story is very good and intrigueing until you realize you've come to the end and nothing makes sense. Reminds me of the TV series "Lost".
Yet Tess is an incredibly endearing character well portrayed by the narrator. At first I thought her reading as amateurish but some parts she executed brilliantly and smoothly. I realized she was just portraying an insecure, hesistent, lonely and frieghtened girl.
Tess meets a guy and there is some friction and romance going on; thats basically what the story is about. Except he is one of these mysterious things that dont make sense either.
So three stars for a very satisfying book which I totally do not regret buying, but would appreciate more if there was a sequel or any of it made sense.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Connie on 14-09-15
Entertaining and original
Once upon a time, people were ok with stand-alone novels. Ever since Harry Potter and other books of its generation, it's now taken for granted that a story isn't fully developed if it isn't made into a series, even if by the third book the author seems to have exhausted his/her ideas and starts to pull cliches out of a bag of tricks to try to keep the story going. I've read many reviews in which the main complaint about "Anyone?" was that this is it, this book is all we get, the writer isn't planning a sequel. I can see why that might be frustrating, because we want to know more of certain characters and we want to know why it all happened. On the other hand, I like that, the same as the characters, we're left wondering, because sometimes life is like that, we don't get all the answers. I did feel the novel has many plot holes, such as the fact that the characters who're still alive barely find remains of those who died from whatever happened in the first part of the novel and whatever is going on in the rest of it. This is especially questionable when they go into cities and there's barely any signs of human casualties. Too convenient, in my opinion, although I wondered if we don't see these signs because the main character is also blind to them due to denial. The same thing with the number of survivor(s?) the main character comes across. If you turn a blind eye to these two aspects of the story, the rest is entertaining and a good twist on the apocalyptic scenario.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful