The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

The Quiet at the End of the World

How far would you go to save those you love?Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion. Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s e...

Details The Quiet at the End of the World

TitleThe Quiet at the End of the World
Release DateMar 7th, 2019
PublisherWalker Books
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia

Reviews The Quiet at the End of the World

  • Alice Oseman
    Lauren's newest book is a deeply human story about a 'soft apocalypse' - what happens when humans stop being able to reproduce and you have to slowly watch your entire species go extinct as you grow up? Beautiful, melancholic, and hopeful - this is a perfect book for the dark times we currently live in. 'The Quiet at the End of the World' will give you faith in humanity again.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    THIS WAS SO GOOD! Diversity - A+ (the MC is bisexual, the love interest is Chinese/British with a hearing impairment and there's a trans character!)pLOT TWISTS - you're going to have to pick your jaw up off the ground (i'm still searching for mine)the ROMANCE - absolutely SWOON-WORTHYthe message - so WHOLESOMEthat's it... that's the review... you should check it out XDThanks to Walker for the review copy!
  • Kai
    "I've been thinking about extinction..."Haven't we all, honey? It' hard not to in this economy.The Quiet at the End of the World is what you would call a feelgood dystopia. It's a little like a contemporary novel set in the future. It's a win-win situation, all the good stuff in just one book. The story is set in London, where the last humans on earth have formed a community to raise Lowrie and Shen, the last living teenagers. While the city is c...
  • Whispering Stories
    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comTeenagers Lowrie and Shen are the youngest humans left on earth. In February 2024 the population of the world was infected with a virus that made them all infertile. The only humans that were conceived after this date were from eggs frozen at fertility clinics.Now in the year 2109 and with the population of the world so small the last people have all congregated in central London, UK, to form th...
  • Lucy Powrie
    My favourite book of 2018, The Quiet at the End of the World is the stunning new book from Lauren James. I've loved all of her books so far, but I think this is my favourite -- Lowrie and Shen are two of the most loveable characters you could wish to meet, and I had a very big soft-spot for Mitch.Even though I've come to expect huge twists in Lauren's books, I never seem to be able to guess them, and have to put the book down to take a big breath...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    Note to self: Do not read a book on a bus, gasp loudly like a goldfish at response to a plot twist otherwise you get an array of confused stares!That is what happened when I dived into Lauren's latest release. A YA Sci-Fi novel set in the future, in the heart of London. At this point, two young friends Lowrie and Shen are the youngest humans left alive on Earth. This was due to a serious virus that caused high levels of global infertility. They b...
  • Justine
    A nice book about finding out what is meaningful to you and what it means to be human.Some of the themes explored are similar to those in James' previous book, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, where Romy copes with living alone on a ship in deep space. Here, the main character has grown up knowing that, after the small community of older people she lives in die, she and her friend Shen are going to be the last two humans on Earth, watching as ...
  • Olivia
    This is one of those books I read in one go, not wanting to stop, too curious to see how it ends. The premise is a soft apocalypse, and the world doesn't go out with a bang but slowly, silently with infertility.Lauren James takes her time to explore what humanity would do with tech at their fingertips once people can no longer have children. At first, they hope it's a blip. It'll all be over soon. How could it not? Then, they throw their entire b...
  • ;3
    this was oddly woke and mildly terrifying,,,,,love that for me
  • ☄ ari
    This was fantastic. Lauren James is a sci fi queen, and knows exactly how to throw a curve-ball halfway through a novel and make it work brilliantly. I also loved just how diverse this was (casual diversity in genre specific fiction is what I Live for).
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    4.5 starsThis book was so brilliant! Exploring the effects of A.I. and infertility on human population, it's thoughtful, chilling and also admittedly, a bit lonely. I loved the platonic relationship between Shen and Lowrie as they navigate the last years of humankind together.full review to come!
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    Lauren James just writes the most intelligent and thoughtful YA books out there. The Next Together and The Last Beginning were fabulously time twisty with memorable characters. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe provided some great deep space chills... And this most recent YA release of hers is yet another compelling and memorable read. It follows the tale of Lowrie and Shen who are the two youngest people left on earth after a global infertility...
  • rachel ☾
    Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[anxiety/panic attack, infertility (central theme), alcohol consumption, blood/physical injuries, hospital, serious illness of a loved one, death of a friend, death of both parents recounted, helicopter accident, fire, building collapse, and drowning & cave-in discussed (hide spoiler)].Representation: Lowrie (mc) is bisexual; Shen (mc/li) is Chinese & deaf in one ear; Maya (sc) is bisexual; Riz (sc) is a trans b...
  • Becky
    This was great! Loved the characters- and there was so much diversity! Very interesting look at what could be with robotics in the future - but scary at the same time but really interesting. Loved reading about what Lowrie & Shen found at the start of each chapter from the past - as well as their relationship between themselves & The their characters.I did really enjoy reading the snippets from social media too. Got very invested in this story ...
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  • Debbie
    [gifted]. I'm a huge fan of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, so I was very excited to delve into Lauren's latest book. Whilst this one starts off quite slow, it quickly builds into an adventure rollercoaster. I love how Lauren's books open up questions about science and the universe and make me see the world a little bit differently. I also love the way she talked about sexuality. My only gripe is that her books are never long enough; I read t...
  • Nikki
    I really do love Lauren James’ writing. She has a deftness with words that is hard to find. This book is also aptly named - it’s a quiet read, understated and beautiful. The atmosphere of a barely lived in world full of crumbling buildings really comes across. I loved the twists too. I really don’t want to spoil them, so I won’t go into detail, but the first one really got me. Though the second one I guessed not long after, it was still r...
  • Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
    I am quickly learning that when it comes to the author, Lauren James, you should always expect the unexpected! Lauren’s new book was certainly a rollercoaster, and I haven’t read a novel that has kept me guessing this much in a VERY LONG TIME.Okay, so I just want to preface this review by saying that The Quiet at the End of the World is a VERY difficult book to review without dipping into spoilers. A lot of the best things about it must remai...
  • MJ
    This was So Good.This was so crazy f*cking good.
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    Aren’t Lauren James’s books just so pretty? The Quiet at the End of the World was one of the books on my ‘to buy’ list this year. I really look forward to her science fiction, especially knowing that she’s so passionate about women in science! Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: blood, infertility, extinction of the human race, death of a parent (in the past). 3.5 stars. I adore Lauren James' writing, and she always seems to end up with unfairly stunning covers. This was no exception on both those counts. There's a ton of diversity (the protagonist is bisexual, her best friend is Chinese and deaf in one ear, a character from the past whose social media feeds she ends up reading is bisexual and that char...
  • Khrys ♡《TheWaffleGirl》
    I truly enjoyed reading this!! I've heard a lot about Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, for a while now and I could see that she really created a perfect contemporary read which I faced no major problems with throughout my entire reading experience. It has a very intriguing premise where a boy and a girl, Lowrie and Shen, are the youngest people on Earth due to a virus that had caused global infertility. Not only are Low...
  • Marie
    Lauren James always, always manages to surprise me with her books, her imagination and her plot twists, too. If this had a bit of a slow start, I ended up really, really enjoying that one A LOT. Read my review of The Quiet At The End of The World on the blog.Thank you to Walker Books for sending me a free review copy of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovi...
  • neverlandvicki
    Wow! I don't know how she does it but with every book I fall further in love with the way Lauren writes, each book is different and new but every time it feels like coming home and The Quiet at the End of the World was no exception.The concept was so interesting and throughout I found myself feeling all fuzzy and becoming more and more intrigued! I gasped and I squealed and I laughed and I cried and I loved every minute of it. As I got closer and...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I read this one in 24 hours and I think that says a lot. THAT PLOT TWIST.
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    4.5/5 I loved this
  • Nildene
    Tentative 3/5 (maybe 3.5 but we’ll see)Full review to come – will be on my blog first.Pros: Mitch, for the most part. Premise/genre. One okayish plot twist.Neutral: writingCons: locale/setting, convenience/nothing pushed the story otherwise, predictable for the most part
  • Rosanna Threakall
    Simply incredible.