From the blurb: "The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a twenty-something Cambridge coder, calls it after waking up one morning to find himself seemingly the only person left in the city. Once he finds Robbie and Carol, two equally disoriented Harvard freshmen, he realizes he isn’t alone, but the name sticks: Whateverpocalypse. But it doesn’t explain where everyone went. It doesn’t explain how the city became overgrown with vegetation in the space of a night. Or how wild animals with no fear of humans came to roam the streets.
"Add freakish weather to the mix, swings of temperature that spawn tornadoes one minute and snowstorms the next, and it seems things can’t get much weirder. Yet even as a handful of new survivors appear, life in Cambridge, Massachusetts gets stranger and stranger."
My thoughts: This book is an entertaining mix of science fiction, mystery, and survival. Doucette's imagining of the end of the world is a unique and unexpected one. He writes well and does a good job of weaving together the narratives of the seven different characters. I liked all of them from Pastor Paul, to Win and her horse, Elton, to Ananda, the MIT astrophysicist. Most of the novel centers around Robbie, Carol, who's blind, Touré, and thirteen-year-old Bethany. These four team up near the beginning of the book and are a fun combination of contrasting personalities. The mystery behind the apocalypse is a little crazy and out-of-this-world, and the ending is definitely a bit mind-bending, but I still enjoyed this one. And I'm curious to see what else Doucette has written.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars.