Title: Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
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Review: I listened to the audiobook of Where the World Ends read by Angus King. He read the words with a beautiful brogue, helping me hear the words that helped my imagination, allowing me to picture the severe setting where the boys were stuck on the edge of the British Isle. The cover illustration of the steep rock stac also made me aware of the bleak setting. At first the story seemed small and uninteresting but as the reality of the situation descended on the group it became much more complex and realistic to me. Think about what you know from history and what people in that time would do when they didn't understand something. There were no cell phones or any way of communicating their plight. Since they had no way of figuring out what happened, the members of hunting party decided that the rapture must have happened and the angels missed them since they weren't home at the time. Their religious faith was strong and the thought that the angels would remember them eventually but it also caused anxiety. What was taking God so long? The book really did build that tension. That along with the development of the complexity of relationships between the boys ended up creating a marvelous 'Story.'
I read this book as part of my Printz Award challenge. It won a Printz honor in 2020.