Kate and Albert, sister and brother, are not yet the last two human beings on earth, but Albert is hopeful.
The secluded communal farm they grew up on is - after twenty years - disintegrating, taking their parents' marriage with it.
They both try to escape: Kate, at seventeen, to a suburbia she knows only through fiction and Albert, at eleven, into preparations for the end of the world - which is coming, he is sure. And then there is Don: father of the family, leader and maker of elaborate speeches.
Faced with the prospect of saving his community, his marriage, his son from apocalyptic visions and his daughter from impending men, he sets to work on reunifying the commune by bringing it into the modern age, through self-sufficiency, charisma and a rave with a 10k soundsystem.
The last day on earth is coming. Bring your own booze.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/08/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780241144060
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Review by latepaul
I saw and enjoyed the film of Submarine and was tempted to get the book but got this instead as I wanted to read something I didn't know.<br/><br/>It's about about a group of people who live in a commune in Wales. The community has dwindled and is may or may not be dying. The story largely follows the family of the unspoken leader of the group - his teenage daughter who increasingly just wants to pass her A-levels and have an normal life, his disaffected wife and his son who believes the end of the world is coming. In a way it is.<br/><br/>A fun read, laughed out loud in a couple of places. The story felt a little convoluted and I felt like there was a lack of coherence near the end (maybe I'm too used to movies with just a single climactic scene). However the ending itself was clever and an image that stays with you.