A wild time travel & post-apocalyptic mashup
5 out of 5 stars
Tourists of the Apocalypse was like peeling an onion. It had many layers, and each one got you closer to the core. The book was broken into different parts and each one built upon the next (except the first, but that is addressed later in the book). Each part was built on the last part really drawing the reader into the story.
I didn’t purposely read another time travel book so close to All Our Wrong Todays, but this was a totally different take on time travel (ironically ironing out some of the paradoxes that AOWT’s brought up.
The story follows Dylan as he stumbles upon a group of people that are moving into his neighborhood. He befriends them one-by-one and finds himself almost brought into the group. After Dylan finds out exactly why this group is here, he isn’t sure what to think. There is a lot more to this story, but describing any more of it will definitely spoil it for other readers.
The story itself was really fun and different. I was a little lost at the beginning, but as I mentioned earlier, once the book was near finishing I now understood the first chapter(s). Mainly following Dylan as he grows up, learns of his fate and the fate of the world around him, finds love, loses love, loses love again, and continues to learn and grow. I found Dylan to be really easy to read and understand. He was a likable character who lent himself really well to Tourists of the Apocalypse.
The last two hours or so had me riveted to my seat. I needed to know what was going to happen. I had some ideas and I also had an idea that it wasn’t going to be a complete “Hollywood” ending either. Without saying too much, I will say that Waller didn’t let me down. The ending felt very thought out and realistic (for a time travel book).
A totally different take on both post-apocalyptic and time travel novels. CF Waller really does a great job weaving heartache with laughs and love with loss into Tourists of the Apocalypse.
The narration was done by J. Scott Bennett who does a great job voicing Dylan. I really enjoyed this narration and it allowed me to get into the story deeper and deeper.
Tourists of the Apocalypse by C.F. Waller
Narrator: J. Scott Bennett
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
on January 13, 2017
Dylan Townsend stands on the beach watching commercial jets fall out of the sky like oak leaves twirling in the wind. A wing shears off the one closest to the shore just before it splashes down in the sea. Why was she telling him this outlandish story? What sort of Tourist Agency would offer people a front row seat to the end of the world? More importantly, why would anyone book such a vacation if there wasn’t any way home afterward?
“Why would anyone buy a ticket on the Titanic if they knew it was doomed?”
“Relax Dylan,” she assures him. “If you know it’s going to sink, you could bring a raft.”
As she paces in the sand watching the sky, he realizes that however wild her story may be, he loves her. Maybe Izzy is a time travel tour guide after all. In truth, he is more likely to be harmed by her boyfriend than the imminent apocalypse. What’s he going to about that sticky situation?
“Come on,” she orders, pulling on his arm. “We need to see a man about a raft.”
DISCLAIMER: This novel contains no profanity, some violence, an office princess in bondage, cowboy coffee, classic cars, love triangles, domestic violence, birthday cake, Lion Country Safari mishaps, beach volleyball, road rage, a prosthetic shotgun, text messages on gum wrappers and the strong belief that people are a product of their experiences and not just genetically predisposed to mayhem.
Any resemblance to actual historical events or persons alive or dead is purely coincidental.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Award-winning novelist C. F. Waller is a three-time medal winner at the Miami International Book Fair. He was also recognized by Shelf Media in 2016 when his novel, Tourists of the Apocalypse, received recognition in their Best Indie Book Contest.
He published his first science fiction novel at age forty-seven, after a flight on an ill-fated commercial airliner over the Atlantic Ocean, that nearly became an episode of Why Planes Crash. This experience illustrated for him first hand that writing about exotic or dangerous locales was safer than traveling to them. Since then, he likes to think his meticulous research and storytelling gives readers a clear sense of their grandeur, without the inherent risk of flying.
After narrowly escaping the academic death-grip of several universities, he worked in nightclub, took a turn as a new car salesman, and did hurricane shutter engineering. His favorite authors include Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut Jr and Michael Crichton. His favorite novel is “The Picture of Dorian Grey” by Wilde, which inspired a bigger than life oil painting that hangs on his bedroom wall.
Though he’ll forever be a Midwestern boy at heart, he now lives on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife Tina and one fuzzy feline companion. If he’s not working on a new novel, you can find him volunteering at church, playing overly competitive Yahtzee with his spouse, or indulging in an unhealthy addiction to competitive cooking shows on television.