Publication Date: 11th October 2017
REVIEWED BY NEV
A copy of The Child at the End of Time was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author, Chad Clark, in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is self-published.
Chad Clark should be a familiar name to you all because of the work he does for Confessions. He is a top bloke that has shown nothing but dedication to Confessions since he first started reviewing for us, a rather long time ago. His reviews are always fair and constructive, but most of all, honest. That’s what I like more than anything about how he works.
As Chad writes for us at Confessions, we normally don’t review his work on the site for fear of the old favouritism or biased shouts that would come from some corners, stating that we only review the books because he is our friend and would only give good reviews because of that same reason. Thankfully, most people that know me, and also know Chad, totally understand that this would never be the case, and if I read something of his that I thought was poor, I would say so.
To that end, this is what I thought of The Child at The End of Time.
Danny is sitting in a restaurant, waiting on his wife, Michelle, to join him for dinner. Things haven’t been the best between them lately and he is hoping that tonight may just be the occasion to smooth things out and ultimately make things better.
The atmosphere in the world has also been off for a while. Constant storms have been common place for over a week now and things just don’t feel right with the world.
While waiting for Michelle to arrive, stranger noises seem to be coming from outside. When patrons of the restaurant look outside to see what is happening, nothing can prepare them for what they are about to witness.
Running will soon be the only thing on the menu.
Being a story about the end of the world, the number of characters is very limited. In fact, for much of the story, Danny is running by himself and is the only person you need to worry about. As a person, you quickly get to know him as almost a nervous type of man, but given the circumstances, he needs to adapt to his new surroundings very quickly if he is going to survive. He finds himself doing things that he would never have dreamt of doing even a few days earlier, but fighting for survival is not an easy thing to do. Later in the story, he teams up with Michael. Michael is a different kettle of fish altogether. Tougher and straighter to the point, he seems almost barbaric at times. Maybe he has just learnt to survive that bit quicker than Danny.
But the characters are not what this story is about. Not for me anyway. This story is about the atmosphere. The fear. The loneliness. The absolute feeling of nothing being worth the trouble. Nothing will work. There is no way to survive. It’s over, and it doesn’t matter what anyone in this story does. There is no coming back from what is happening. There is no point in buttering things up. The end has come and there is nothing anyone can do.
Now, obviously this is not the way the story goes. I am not going to tell you exactly how it goes, or you wouldn’t want to pick the book up because I would have spoilt it for you.
But, pick this book up, you must.
The synopsis tells you that Earth is under attack from an army that has appeared almost out of thin air. No one knows where they have come from or what they want. No one knows what their aim is, if in fact they even have an aim other than the total destruction of humankind and indeed the entire Earth.
That part is no secret. In fact, some of you may think if that is what the book is about, what is the point in reading it? Well, let me tell you, the point of reading it is for the very reason most of you read horror. To be scared. Simple is as simple does.
This book genuinely scared me.
This review is unique in many ways. I always tell people who may ask me; always write your review as soon as you finish a book and before you start the next one. This way, the story is fresh in your mind, the characters are fresh in your mind. You won’t get them mixed up with the next book you read and end up making a fool out of yourself by writing a review of book A and including bits about book B because you have so many reviews to write that you don’t know what you are talking about when you sit down and type.
I have just broken my own rule.
I am writing this review at least two weeks after finishing the book. The reason for that? Well I got ill in those two weeks as well, but honestly, I didn’t know how to put into words exactly how this story hit me. How it scared the absolute soul out of me. How it left a void inside my head. How it gave me nightmares for the first time in years from reading a story.
This story is all the nightmares I used to have as a kid about the world coming to an end. I used to have some very vivid night terrors when I was a kid about blackness. About something happening where I was the only person left on earth, always running from something but not knowing what exactly. There was no daylight. It was always dark. Things, and enemies appearing out of thin air. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. Always feeling helpless and hopeless. Knowing that no matter what I did, nothing would work. The end was always just around the corner.
Maybe it was those night terrors that gave me my love of horror and dark fiction. I know those night terrors always had me looking for the story that would best describe my worst inner fears.
I think I may have just found it.
The Child at the End of Time.
Chad Clark, you have genuinely scared the hell out of me to the point where I couldn’t write a review for two weeks because I was too scared to.
Bravo sir, Bravo.
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The end of the world began without warning, without ceremony. Earth finds itself under global assault from an enemy it can’t define or understand. Their motivations are a mystery. Their intent is unknown. No demands have been made. An army sweeps the planet, destroying as it goes, leaving nothing behind. And through it all, the people of Earth are only offered one statement of obscure purpose from those that would bring about their end.
“The Child, she is risen.”
CONFESSIONS REVIEWS CHAD A. CLARK
Chad is a Midwestern born author, living most of his life in Iowa as well as in Illinois and Michigan. He studied at the University of Iowa and has been cultivating his own passion for the written word for most of that time. He focuses on genre fiction, namely horror and science fiction. In 2014, he published Borrowed Time, his first book, a collection of short stories. His writing can also be seen at his blog, bakedscribe.com where an original piece of short fiction is shared every week.
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