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5 stars for After the End: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Novel by @JoshuaScher #bookreview #newrelease

Title: After the End: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Novel

Author: Joshua V. Scher

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Survivor Fiction

Book Blurb:

As a Doomsday prepper, he's ready to survive the apocalypse. But what about the men hunting him?

It turns out Addison was right: the world as he knew it did come to an end by means of a killer virus.

He’s by himself now near what was Sicily, Oklahoma, tending to a wilted vegetable garden, foraging for rabbits, and eking out not quite enough water from a dried-up well. It’s time to move. His Uncle Izzy, whom he’s decided to seek out in his survivalist cabin hundreds of miles away, had prepared him well for an apocalypse – all but for the loneliness.

The plan is simple. Gun. Bow. Bike. Go.

If he could just make it across the state, then maybe…

But the virus didn’t quite kill everybody. And humanity isn't all that humane anymore.

Ransacked and run-down, Addison learns all too quickly that hope is the enemy and trust is a liability. Survival has its costs.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man might be king, but in the land of the dead, he’s bait.

The literary bleakness of Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD meets the survivalist thrills of Gary Paulsen’s HATCHET in this harrowing novel from Joshua V. Scher. Now a Motion Picture from Shout! Studios and 1157 Productions, out 8/17/2021.

My Review:

Incredibly timely, this book is made for readers in 2021. If the disease here had a number after it, then it would be eerie. Stripes isn't just a movie we love, it's a disease in this land that brings about doom.

This is a superb book about a kid named Addy (that is who he was to me) who is a survivor that goes on a journey. The journey is the basis of this very readable tale. Surviving a long trek across a desolate landscape gets actually worse when he finds other existing humans.

The interplay and interaction between Ava and Addy make this book a must-read. The humor made me laugh out loud at times. This book has so many memorable passages, they stick with you for days after you read them.

Beautifully written and clever, it is a very enjoyable read. The flow of the book is smooth. The pacing is sublime and makes this an instant classic. Recommended to everyone who lived in the pandemic. Read this book, it is written for this generation to enjoy. A great book that is rightly being made into a film.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Joshua Scher is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His debut novel, Here & There, was published by 47North and his first feature film, After the End, was released by Shout! Studios. On stage, Scher’s work has been produced around the country and internationally in a variety of theaters and festivals including Roundabout, The O’Neill, and Williamstown. Most days you can find Joshua hiking with his dog or nursing his various parenting injuries.

Check out Scher’s feature film, After the End: Conspiracies abound at and its comments sections!

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Reviewed by: Mr. N


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