The Quiet at the End of the Road by Lauren James- Book Review


How far would you go to save those you love?
Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility.
Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion. 

Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence.
Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .

Initial Reaction:

Personally, I wasn’t quite certain about this book. But something lured me in. Whether it was the detailed cover or the unseen concept of infertility. Or even the end of the world themes in a Young Adult genre.

I thought it would have a miraculous ending. With a sudden cure to the infertility crisis and the main characters as the hero.
I thought they would fix the world and- in a sappy romantic thought- they would have their own children.
However, that is not what happened.


Where to begin? The author breached multiple different idiosyncrasies of the human adolescent, with topics engaging in depression, bisexuality, morality and education.

It discussed the feelings of self-worth as a human- not just as an individual, it discussed the implications of humans on this earth and because of this, I strongly believe every up-and-coming author or adolescent should read this novel.
Not just for the engaging plot or taboo topics most novels avoid, but to open the human eye to the fact of our extinction and our impact on this world.

I believe this novel was extremely well written. With clear and concise thoughts flowing through the novel while intertwining relevant topics in day-to-day life.

The flow was perfectly paced, the grammar and punctuation impeccable and the use of a re-occurring novelty of an almost diary-like entry at the beginning of every chapter really gathered the novel together.

With in-depth, serious topics such as these, it remained positive, with romance and strong character build-up throughout. I felt like I truly knew and understood the characters which are quite uncommon.


Lowrie and Shen are the main characters of this novel, living in the year 2109. A virus was spread across the entire population once day, with symptoms preceding with a nosebleed, leading to mass infertility.
Years into the future, two embryos are left and are raised together in a dying population in London.

With the remaining population over 80 years old, they have not given up hope. All combining their efforts to find a cure to infertility before the human race is extinct.

As they raised Lowrie and Shen with educational classes on surviving and preparing to live together. Alone, in a crumbling city.
Suddenly, a mysterious virus spreads amongst their small community, victims falling to mass seizures- all except Shen and Lowrie.

If you’d like to find out what happens, please do go ahead and read the novel, as this is one of the few novels I am unable to bare revealing, as it is truly worth the read.

Final Thoughts:

Wow, this book was amazing. I truly rate it 4.5/5 bookmarks. This is due to not only the fascinating plot and writing style but for the representation and diversity in this novel. Such as Lowrie being bisexual, Shen being Chinese and deaf in one ear, and secondary characters being bisexual and trans.

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