Everyone Says That At the End of the World - Owen Egerton

Release Date - April 2013

Owen Egerton
Soft Skull Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

There is good and bad with Everyone Says That at the End of the World. First, the writing is excellent and drew me in. I couldn't put this book down. I needed to know what was happening and how the story was going to progress. That said, there were so many characters introduced that I started to get lost. I had to keep notes to know who each person was while I became accustomed to their different stories.

In Owen Egerton's novel, earth is an asylum and it's being shut down. This leaves the inhabitants that range from Milton and his dad, a man who believes aliens are entering their world to a couple expecting their first child, and they have mixed feelings. There's even a hermit crab who appears to be the Lord.

The opening grabbed my attention. As more characters were introduced, I started to lose my footing. Then the book took a decidedly Christian/philosophical turn, and I stumbled a bit. However, I kept reading and soon grew to really enjoy the story, the message, and each character. I still think that Milton was my favorite, so I did find myself most eager to see how things turned out for him.

Everyone Says That at the End of the World is a totally different read. If you're looking for something that's unlike anything you've read before, this is an excellent choice.


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