End of Days by Eric Walters
I picked End of Days up at a Scholastic Book Fair late this fall and tucked it away as a Christmas gift for my girls. My daughter in Grade 7 told me that many of her friends had read it and raved about it. That was enough to pique my curiosity, so I put on my warm jammies last night as the temperature plunged to -17 Celsius and curled up in bed to read it. If not for the grumbles of my husband, I might have stayed up to finish the book because it was VERY hard to put it down.
Imagine that one of the space probes sent from Earth to explore the galaxy suddenly appears to be returning to earth. Scientists deduce that it has been captured by the gravitational force of something very, VERY large that is now heading towards Earth on a collision course that will impact with our planet 24 years in the future. Suddenly, important scientists appear to be dying, but in reality they are being whisked away to a secret location to work on a plan to stop the asteroid. Throw in other groups with different agendas, a brilliant narrative where some chapters begin with T-Minus 17 years, T-Minus 1 year etc. and it is easy to see why I had to finish the book this morning. Getting other work out of the way so that I could write this review actually took longer.
Canadian author Eric Walters knows how to tell a story from many points of view without every having the narrative feel choppy or disjointed. The combination of apocalypse and conspiracy theory themes makes this book a perfect one to recommend for the Cannonball Read IV challenge and a great addition to any library. Classified as YA fiction, this book has enough action and intrigue to satisfy any adult reader who “borrows” it from their teenagers bookcase. If you live outside Canada, I highly recommend buying this book from Amazon if you can’t find it at your local bookstore!
Paperback format, 316 pages, 2011 by Doubleday Canada