Monday, February 27, 2023

Game Changers of the Apocalypse by Mark Kirkbride - Book Tour & Review

Game Changers of the Apocalypse by Mark Kirkbride

It’s always the end of the world when you break up with someone. This time it really is…

Everyone on the planet has mysteriously disappeared, leaving exes Greg and Polly. They’ve survived the apocalypse, yet shouldn’t have. Battling each other and a malevolent entity that teases them with their fate, how long can they remain ahead? Even more terrifying than everyone else on the planet disappearing is what’s about to take their place…

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“GAME CHANGERS OF THE APOCALYPSE is a weird and twisted adventure. Mark Kirkbride brings the pain and has some strange fun along the way.” — Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of V-WARS and DEEP SILENCE

“This is a wild, thrilling ride through the apocalypse. The end of the world has never been more fun—or more full of heart.” — Nik Korpon, author of QUEEN OF THE STRUGGLE

My Review
Game Changes of the Apocalypse is a strange story. It took me a bit to get into, because it seems to bounce around a little before settling in for the main storyline. 
Greg and Polly break up. But their breakup seems to bring about the end of the world. Literally. 
Greg wakes up the next day, and there's no one else around... except Polly. 
Now, the two have to put aside their issues and learn to work together, because something's coming. Something a mysterious being hints out every now and again. Will Greg and Polly manage to survive, or will their breakup be permanent?
I will admit, I struggled with this book. It has an interesting premise, and there are some wild things going on, but it didn't quite connect with me. Maybe it was just me, though. It took me much longer than I expected to finish, although that could also be because I was battling a cold, a lack of sleep, and an overabundance of work that needed tended to. 
I found both Greg and Polly to be a bit ridiculous at times. They irked me, although there were other times where I just wanted them to get a happily ever after and work things out and survive. 
The plot is weird, but I found it relatively enjoyable, even if I was also a little confused a few times. 
This is definitely one of those books I think you have to be in the right headspace to enjoy and really, fully understand and grasp. While I did like it, I also struggled with it and didn't really connect with it.
3.5 stars. 

About the author

Mark Kirkbride lives in Shepperton, England. He is the author of The Plot Against Heaven, Game Changers of the Apocalypse and Satan’s Fan Club, originally published by Omnium Gatherum and re-released by Crossroad Press. Game Changers of the Apocalypse was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards 2019. His stories have appeared in Under the Bed, Sci Phi Journal, Disclaimer Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Titanic Terastructures and So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Poetry credits include Neon, the London Reader, the Big Issue, the Daily Mirror, Sein und Werden and Horror Writers Association chapbooks. He was shortlisted in the AONB Landscape category of the Ginkgo Prize 2021.


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