The End of the World Running Club
The #1 International Bestseller
A Science Fiction & Fantasy Book to Keep on Your Radar by io9 and Gizmodo
A fast-paced, literary, dystopian thriller for fans of fiction like Andy Weir's The Martian, Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven, and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
Asteroids are striking Earth, the end of the world is near, and Edgar Hill is on the wrong side of the country.
Over five hundred miles of devastated wastelands stretch between him and his family, and every second counts. His only option is to run--or risk losing everything he loves. He'll have to be ingenious and push himself to the very limit if he wants to see them again. Can he reach them in the race against time, or will the end of the world defeat him?
The End of the World Running Club is where the beautifully imagined post-apocalyptic world of The Salt Line meets the deep humanity of A Man Called Ove.
A dystopian page-turner about the endurance of the human body and spirit--perfect for lovers of apocalyptic science fiction, running books, and anyone who knows that true strength comes from love.
Praise for The End of the World Running Club:
"Harrowing and heartrending, this is a novel that is almost impossible to put down."--Library Journal
"Walker's ability to imagine a post-apocalyptic world in crisp detail is on full display in the early pages of The End of the World Running Club."--Maximum Shelf
"...a beautifully written postapocalyptic tale of a flawed man's struggle for survival and redemption."--Booklist
Sourcebooks Landmark, 9781492656029, 464pp.
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
1. The End of the World Running Club centers around the apocalypse but with very human themes. How did you relate to the characters and situations in the book?
2. Edgar Hill is a very flawed human being, but he achieves something remarkable. Would you call him a hero and why/why not?
3. In an age full of streaming news, changing politics, and constant stimulation how do you envision the world reacting to the announcement of impending doom, and how would you prepare yourself?
4. Desperation and survival leads decent people into dark actions, but are there any survivors Edgar meets that you cannot forgive? What is the difference between a girl like Gloria and a woman like Jenny Rae?
5. The cast is mostly comprised of male characters, but there are some very important females that feature in both Edgar’s personal life, and his journey in the book. Do you feel that they were portrayed fairly, clearly, or thoroughly?
6. What recurring symbols or themes did you see throughout the book, and how do you feel they support Edgar’s journey or development?
7. Edgar meets many people in his run across the country, from Harvey to Lord Bartonmouth. What did they all contribute to Edgar’s transformation, and who do you think was the most important?
8. If you could only choose five things to save at the end of the world (not including food and water) what would they be and why?
9. The ending is ambiguous on who is buried under the three crosses – how do you think the story concludes for Edgar, and what leads you to that conclusion?