Yesterday for Mother’s Day I was “given” a few hours to just relax and read with a cup of tea and no domestic responsibilities. I read all of “Monument 14” by Emmy Laybourne for a story I’m writing by the end of the month about all of the upcoming YA adaptations. I can’t tell you how quickly I became engrossed in it; I think it will make an excellent movie a la “Dawn of the Dead” minus the zombies. The book, which is one of my son’s favorites, made me think of other books that actually take place as an apocalyptic event or catastrophe occurs, instead of the post-apocalyptic books that take place decades and decades later. Here are quotes from six end of the world books!
“Monument 14” by Emmy Laybourne
We ate it like it was medicine. Like it was magic candy that could somehow restore us to a normal life again. We ate ourselves numb and got in our bags and went to sleep.
There was a lot of crying from the little kids and occasionally one of us would yell, “Shut up!”
That’s how we got by, that first night.
“The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey
But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.
“Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith
Here is what the end of the world looks like:
It looks like a child running out into the road, eyes focused only on some destination ahead – the future, which is on the other side – and the child fails to notice the speeding truck that is there, on that same road, in the present.
This is what the end of the world looks like.
All roads cross here.
“Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer
“What about desserts?” I asked. “If the world comes to an end, I’m going to want cookies.”
“We’re all going to want cookies if the world comes to an end,” Mrs. Nesbitt agreed. “And chips and pretzels. If the world is coming to an end, why should I care about my blood pressure?”
“Okay, we’ll die fat,” Mom said.
“Love in the Time of Global Warming” by Francesca Lia Block
Ash swirls in the air and the landscape is gray rubble that falls away into the sea. They kept saying global warming wan’t going to be the end of us, that it was just threats from the fanatics, that we didn’t have to make changes. But every year there were more earthquakes and flood and hurricanes and fires- every element expressing its imbalance. Every year the temperatures soared and the ice melted and no one did anything. My pink house – no longer mine – stands on the edge of nowhere like a rose in a Salvador Dali surrealist desert landscape
“This Is Not a Test” by Courtney Summers
The thing no one tells you about surviving, about the mere act of holding out, is how many hours are nothing because nothing happens. They also don’t tell you about how you can share your deepest secrets with someone, kiss them, and the next hour it’s like there’s nothing between you because not everything can mean something all the time or you’d be crushed under the weight of it.
“Tumble & Fall” by Alexandra Coutts
It’s funny to think about endings now. Now that all there is to do is wait. Now that the real ending is coming, all of the other endings feel like something else completely. All of the goodbyes, and leaving the people she loved. The people she loved leaving her. They felt like endings at the time. But the next day, she had gotten out of bed, and maybe there was a hollow pit where her stomach used to be, maybe she didn’t feel like eating or talking or seeing people for a while, but mostly, things stayed the same