The Cabin at the End of the World
Wen and her parents are vacationing at a remote cabin. A stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, "None of what’s going to happen is your fault." More strangers arrive at the cabin carrying menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: "Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world."

The first thing I'll say about this book is that it had a little too much violence for my taste. And not just necessarily gruesome violence, but just pages and paragraphs of action. This may not seem like a bad thing to everyone, but I never find extended action sequences compelling. It's the parts I hate the most about my beloved Avenger movies.

On the more positive side, I appreciated how fully formed the characters were. Or, the three main characters at least. Through shifting perspectives, Tremblay gives you insight into Wen, Eric, and Matthew?(I forget the other dad's name and am too lazy to look.) Anyway, I felt like I could really understand the pasts, presents, and interactions between Wen and her two dads (one of whom might be named Kevin?).

Tremblay does one of my favorite things that authors do: he makes the "villains" likeable. Even more so, he makes you question who the villains really are. Are they the parents who won't sacrifice themselves to save the world, or are they the trespassers with extreme cult vibes who declare God has given them visions of how to stop the apocalypse.

Ok, one last thing that still bothers me about this book. The not-Eric dad thinks that one of the cult members is someone who assaulted him a bar. Not-Eric thinks it is Raymond who hits him over the head with a beer bottle in a New York bar, leading to some PTSD for not-Eric. After Raymond's death, the characters argue if he was really the man who committed the assault years ago. Someone suggests they check Raymond's idea to see who he really is, but they never do it. I just don't get the purpose of this plot line. Is it to help support the mistrust of the cult members? Is it related to the trauma not-Eric still experiences? Is it to turn the husbands against each other? Or is it something else I'm not getting?

 

  • This book is good for: fans of end of the world stories
  • I read it in: 2 days
  • Good to knows: This book is a good lesson in why WiFi and cell service should ALWAYS be available!

COMPELLING QUOTE ALERT

“Not all gifts are easy to accept. The most important gifts are often the ones we wish with all our hearts to refuse.”
3.5Overall Score

The Cabin at the End of the World

The first thing I'll say about this book is that it had a little too much violence for my taste. And not just necessarily gruesome violence, but just pages and paragraphs of action. This may not ...

  • Plot
    3.0
  • Characters
    4.0
  • Pacing
    3.5