The Apocalypse Starter Kit

The novel I chose to begin reading was Oryx and Crake. Maybe I just have not read enough yet, but the first couple chapters did not make me very excited to keep reading. The main character, Snowman, is not terribly interesting and he does not have strong qualities. There also have not been mentions of the main apocalyptic events yet. After reading the Routledge article, I might switch to reading The Last Man by Mary Shelley because it is one of the original novels in the genre of the apocalypse. I am hoping this will get me more familiar and comfortable with the topic, as I do not have much of a background. Also from the Routledge article, I found it interesting that feminism plays a role in some apocalypse stories. I think that when many people think of apocalypse and who are the leading characters, they lean towards men so it is cool that there is a sub-topic of feminism in some of the stories.

Of the five situations in End Day, the massive tsunami, the meteor, and the disease outbreak were the most frightening, while the volcano seemed a little silly to me. The disease situation is the one that maybe seems the most realistic because of past outbreaks, such as Zika and general flu, although obviously not as widespread as the fictional one in the story. If there were a completely unknown disease to rapidly infect the human population without quick control, there could be massive military quarantine. If I were in that situation, I would probably find a secure place to avoid being infected before the disease was cured. The tsunami and meteor shower were the other two that I thought might be slightly believable, although I think if there were to be either of those things in the real world, we would have more warning because of modern technology and science. The world would be better prepared for the situation and be able to evacuate the areas faster than in the film. Personally, I found the volcano situation to be a little silly, although it may have something to do with how it was filmed. Overall, the movie gave me more perspective on different apocalypse situations, which helps to give me background on the subject.

2 Replies to “The Apocalypse Starter Kit”

  1. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy O&C. I read it a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It is the first in a trilogy, and each book reveals more and more about the apocalypse. As I recall, it does take a bit to figure out what’s going on, though.

    I’ve never read Last Man. You might download that excerpt and start it and see what you think.

    If you’re interested in feminism in the genre The Book of the Unnamed Midwife might be a good choice, too.

    1. I will definitely try a couple more chapters of Oryx and Crake before I give up, and read a chapter or two of The Last Man and The Book of the Unnamed Midwife!

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