Blog Tour: ‘The End’ by G. Michael Hopf Review and Giveaway

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Blog Tour: ‘The End’ by G. Michael Hopf Review and GiveawayThe End by G. Michael Hopf
Series: The New World Series #1
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on January 7th, 2014
Genres: Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Survival
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: blog tours, NetGalley
What would you do to survive?

Young Gordon Van Zandt valued duty and loyalty to country above all, so after 9/11, he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This idealism vanished one fateful day in a war-torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past when a new reality is thrust upon him and his family: North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack, which causes catastrophic damage to the nation’s power grid and essential infrastructures. Everything from cell phones to cars to computers cease to function, putting society at a standstill.

With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety.

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What started off as a promising read, only went downhill. I wanted to like this so badly. It had the beginnings of a wonderful post-apocalyptic novel which I adore. This one, not so much!

The characters are all so one dimensional. They happen to have perfect lives. Being a perfect husband to his doting wife and two kids. What I didn’t understand was the senseless acts of violence, murdering people all in the name to defend their supplies. The main character Gordan didn’t even have the decency to morn. It was like he was a robot who could care less. Also, the sudden act of wide spread looting and murders came fast and hard. I wouldn’t know if this is the case, or if it would even happen, but my surprise at all the people they killed. I just couldn’t understand how the character is okay with that. I have a friend in the Marines and he’s never been okay ever again. There was one indication that he might have had nightmares but it wasn’t the focus. I felt it was unnecessarily violent.

Even the minor story lines with the General, the president and Sebastian. I came to despise all the characters and I couldn’t care less what happened to them.


I’ll do whatever I can to keep us safe, trust me. I’ll do whatever is necessary to protect you all.
Something bad had happened, you either adapt to the situation or you die.
Electricity created the modern world and had given people many luxuries, but it had also divided and made them a people who interacted only online.
Trying times can work in two ways: They can drive people apart or they can bring them together.

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  2. Heather J. @ TLC

    January 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Darn, I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you but thanks for being a part of the tour.

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  4. Maricris Patrimonio Dimla

    January 15, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I rarely read post-apocalyptic books. Im adding this to my TBR list, I might like this one. Thanks for your review!

  5. s0ph1ar0s3

    January 15, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    I have recently begun enjoying post-apocalyptic stories. Sorry this one didn’t work for you. I’m still intrigued by it though after reading the blurbs and your thoughts.

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