January 07, 2020

#BookReview: A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen


Synopsis:  How do you start over after the end of the world? 

Six years after a global pandemic wiped out most of the planet’s population, the survivors are rebuilding the country, split between self-governing cities, hippie communes and wasteland gangs.

In postapocalyptic San Francisco, former pop star Moira has created a new identity to finally escape her past—until her domineering father launches a sweeping public search to track her down. Desperate for a fresh start herself, jaded event planner Krista navigates the world on behalf of those too traumatized to go outside, determined to help everyone move on—even if they don’t want to. Rob survived the catastrophe with his daughter, Sunny, but lost his wife. When strict government rules threaten to separate parent and child, Rob needs to prove himself worthy in the city’s eyes by connecting with people again.

Krista, Moira, Rob and Sunny are brought together by circumstance, and their lives begin to twine together. But when reports of another outbreak throw the fragile society into panic, the friends are forced to finally face everything that came before—and everything they still stand to lose. 

Because sometimes having one person is enough to keep the world going.


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About the Author: Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek-culture websites (the Mary Sue, the Portalist), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and ghostwritten corporate articles appearing in Forbes, BuzzFeed, Enterpreneur, and more. A member of the Codex Writers' Group, Mike calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, where he can often be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Visit him online at www.MikeChenBooks.com.

Rating: ★
My Review: Although at times this book was on the slower side it was a good pace for this story.  I felt like it was one of those stories that you curl up in a chair with a cup of coffee and read to destress.  I liked the characters and the story and can't wait to see what else this author comes up with.  Its full of emotions and family ties and hope.  







"This postapocalyptic slice-of-life novel from Chen delivers big emotions by keeping the focus small...By foregrounding family, Chen manages to imbue his apocalypse with heart, hope, and humanity. Sci-fi fans will delight in this lovingly rendered tale."
-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"









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