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The Apocalypse Seven (Paperback)
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Scott Sigler called Doucette’s cozy apocalypse story, “entertaining as hell.” Come see how the world ends, not with a bang, but a whatever...
The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a twenty-something Cambridge coder, calls it after waking up one morning to find himself seemingly the only person left in the city. Once he finds Robbie and Carol, two equally disoriented Harvard freshmen, he realizes he isn’t alone, but the name sticks: Whateverpocalypse. But it doesn’t explain where everyone went. It doesn’t explain how the city became overgrown with vegetation in the space of a night. Or how wild animals with no fear of humans came to roam the streets.
Add freakish weather to the mix, swings of temperature that spawn tornadoes one minute and snowstorms the next, and it seems things can’t get much weirder. Yet even as a handful of new survivors appear—Paul, a preacher as quick with a gun as a Bible verse; Win, a young professional with a horse; Bethany, a thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent; and Ananda, an MIT astrophysics adjunct—life in Cambridge, Massachusetts gets stranger and stranger.
The self-styled Apocalypse Seven are tired of questions with no answers. Tired of being hunted by things seen and unseen. Now, armed with curiosity, desperation, a shotgun, and a bow, they become the hunters. And that’s when things truly get weird.
About the Author
GENE DOUCETTE is the author of more than twenty sci-fi and fantasy titles, including The Spaceship Next Door and The Frequency of Aliens, the Immortal series, Fixer and Fixer Redux, Unfiction, and the Tandemstar books. Gene lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
PRAISE FOR THE APOCALYPSE SEVEN “Doucette’s ’seven’ aren’t just 'magnificent'—they're also entertaining as hell.” —Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of the Infected Trilogy "The adventure I've been looking for! Never once did I know what to expect, and I loved being proved wrong at every turn. Far more mind-bending than a book this fun has any right to be." —Zack Jordan, author of The Last Human "Doucette is ultimately able to do something new with a familiar genre, and do it astoundingly well." —Booklist, Starred Review “[A] riveting postapocalyptic outing… Doucette’s vibrant prose and unique premise make for an enticing adventure.” —Publishers Weekly "Speculative fiction ranges from straightforward to bewildering, and Doucette covers the whole arc here...A cinematic, speculative exercise." —Kirkus Reviews PRAISE FOR SPACESHIP NEXT DOOR An Amazon "Best Book of the Month" "A fun and heartwarming send-up of classic science fiction." —The Washington Post "Doucette delights with this wonderful example of speculative fiction...[and] writes winning characters who read like real people, and Sorrow Falls is similarly credible. The head-spinning ideas both power the narrative and invite the reader to think hard, while plenty of humor and action move the plot along. This excellent work will appeal to readers from middle school through adulthood." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW “Doucette's genial, leisurely novel feels like a throwback to the squeaky clean science fiction of the mid-20th century… the town is vividly realized and described…[and] Doucette's dry sense of humor and obvious affection for his characters go a long way… a warmhearted ode to a simpler time and place in a community so small that everybody knows everybody else's business.” —Kirkus “An enormously enjoyable first contact story you won’t forget from a talented new voice in sci-fi!” —A.G Riddle, best-selling author of The Atlantis Gene and Pandemic