The Way the World Ends by @1JessWalter

Sleet in Mississippi? In March? A crazy ice storm lays waste to the South in a #1 New York Times bestselling author’s invigorating, touching story of one slippery night, an open bar, and total abandon.

For three strangers whose paths will cross, the storm hasn’t even reached its peak. Two of them are the kind of climate scientists no one ever listens to in disaster movies. The third, against even icier opposition, has just moved to the Magnolia State to come out. Soon they’ll all be pushed closer to the edge, where the bracing winds of cataclysmic change can be so wildly liberating.

Jess Walter’s The Way the World Ends is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of a conceivable tomorrow by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Alarming, inventive, intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to, in a single breath-taking sitting.


[The skies open as if a seam has torn]  


(Amazon Original Stories, 30 October 2018, ebook, 49 pages, Prime Reading)




This is my first time reading the author.

I enjoyed this story even though it wasn’t really what I expected at all. Based on the blurb I was expecting something along the vein of the movie The Day After Tomorrow. The story opens well with possible end-of-the-world mega storm possibilities but then sort of veers off, to the character musing about life and its challenges while the weird weather rages outside. The crux of the story, the terrible storm and what this could mean gets pushed to one side. The story itself is okay, well written with interesting characters. However, it ultimately fails to do what it says on the tin and I was disappointed. It could have been more and better for it.



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