A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen audiobook

A Beginning at the End

By Mike Chen
Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harlequin Audio, MIRA 9780778309345
11.65 Hours Unabridged
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How do you start over after the end of the world? "Not just an apocalyptic thriller, but also a timely reminder of what is most important in life-family, love, and hope." -Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M Six years after a global pandemic wiped out most of the planet's population, the survivors are rebuilding the country, split between self-governing cities, hippie communes and wasteland gangs. In postapocalyptic San Francisco, former pop star Moira has created a new identity to finally escape her past-until her domineering father launches a sweeping public search to track her down. Desperate for a fresh start herself, jaded event planner Krista navigates the world on behalf of those too traumatized to go outside, determined to help everyone move on-even if they don't want to. Rob survived the catastrophe with his daughter, Sunny, but lost his wife. When strict government rules threaten to separate parent and child, Rob needs to prove himself worthy in the city's eyes by connecting with people again. Krista, Moira, Rob and Sunny are brought together by circumstance, and their lives begin to twine together. But when reports of another outbreak throw the fragile society into panic, the friends are forced to finally face everything that came before-and everything they still stand to lose. Because sometimes having one person is enough to keep the world going.

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Summary

Summary

How do you start over after the end of the world?

"Not just an apocalyptic thriller, but also a timely reminder of what is most important in life-family, love, and hope." -Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

Six years after a global pandemic wiped out most of the planet's population, the survivors are rebuilding the country, split between self-governing cities, hippie communes and wasteland gangs. In postapocalyptic San Francisco, former pop star Moira has created a new identity to finally escape her past-until her domineering father launches a sweeping public search to track her down. Desperate for a fresh start herself, jaded event planner Krista navigates the world on behalf of those too traumatized to go outside, determined to help everyone move on-even if they don't want to. Rob survived the catastrophe with his daughter, Sunny, but lost his wife. When strict government rules threaten to separate parent and child, Rob needs to prove himself worthy in the city's eyes by connecting with people again. Krista, Moira, Rob and Sunny are brought together by circumstance, and their lives begin to twine together. But when reports of another outbreak throw the fragile society into panic, the friends are forced to finally face everything that came before-and everything they still stand to lose. Because sometimes having one person is enough to keep the world going.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With beautifully-drawn characters and an intricately imagined future history, A Beginning at the End tells an intensely human story about people reaching out through trauma and loss and discovering who and what to hold on to after the end of the world. Gripping, poignant, hopeful, and heartfelt.” H. G. Parry, author of The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
“This is a story that’s as fun as it is moving…Mike Chen has richly imagined every detail…Truly a special addition to the post-apocalyptic genre, and it stands up right alongside heavy hitters like Station Eleven and The Last.” Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister
“Mike Chen crafts a detailed and intelligently rendered world, but the true heart of his work is human: a rich, complex and deftly written experience of love, loss and connection between flawed, fascinating characters.” Rowenna Miller, author of Torn
“Strikes the perfect balance of dystopian collapse…and a fresh start for humanity. It’s science fiction with heart…you won’t be able to put it down.” Meghan Scott Molin, author of The Frame-Up
“An intimate, surprisingly gentle vision of post-disaster humanity, less concerned with how we might survive than with why—and for whom.” Alix E. Harrow, Hugo Award–winning author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Both a thrilling chronicle of the apocalypse and a timely reminder of what is most important in life—family, love, and hope.” Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M
“A brilliant story about how the best parts of ourselves won’t be stopped by a little something like the apocalypse.” Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award–winning author of Blackfish City
“This postapocalyptic slice-of-life novel from Chen delivers big emotions by keeping the focus small…By foregrounding family, Chen manages to imbue his apocalypse with heart, hope, and humanity. Sci-fi fans will delight in this lovingly rendered tale.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Mike Chen

Author Bio: Mike Chen

Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek-culture websites (the Mary Sue, the Portalist), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and ghostwritten corporate articles appearing in Forbes, BuzzFeed, Enterpreneur, and more. A member of the Codex Writers’ Group, Mike calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, where he can often be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Visit him online at www.MikeChenBooks.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 11.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English