March Madness has begun and college basketball playoffs are heating up, not that Robert Walker—a graduate student from Texas—particularly cares. He has decided to skip classes for the day, sleep in, and get some rest. Unfortunately, a brief spat on the phone with his fiancée makes that impossible. Hoping to take his mind off of it, he scans through TV channels in search of entertainment and instead finds one news report after another that warns of violence erupting in the streets.
People are randomly and savagely attacking one another all along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Some speculate it may be related to strange lights that have appeared in the sky above the outbreaks. Before any solid conclusions can be drawn, however, the brutality spreads, sweeping across the country until it hits Houston, then proceeds on to the West Coast. Robert, a handful of classmates, and a few others manage to survive the first wave and find themselves in the midst of civilization’s blackest hour, surrounded by pandemonium, bloodshed, and masses of people who have been stripped of their humanity. Hours later, as those strange lights continue to dominate the sky, the vicious horde undergoes a new transformation.
There is no escaping the horror. Unable to reach his fiancée by phone, Robert sets out to find her, joined by a small ensemble of fellow survivors. The thirty-five miles they must cover are fraught with danger, and their terror grows with each step they take as they witness the genesis of a new Earth. Can they find a way to stop it? Will they even survive it?
“End of the World is here by ASH”
“The Light: Houston, Texas” by Joe Solomon is a paranormal suspense fiction with an apocalyptic setting. The main character, Robert, who is an ordinary college student suddenly finds himself in the midst of life-threatening chaos. With no explanation whatsoever normal people go berserk and start killing one another. Soon Robert realizes he is among the only handful of people who aren’t affected by the tsunami of madness and learns that what’s happening is a global phenomenon. This irrational violence covers the entire world’s population, meaning there are hardly functioning government left that can come to his rescue. Now he has to not only survive but also find his fiancee. I really enjoyed how the whole book carried the air of urgency and tension without being too chaotic. Every page is filled with action and it is easy to follow the panicked characters and keep track of what’s going on. The author did an impressive job on portraying how people would behave when they are plunged into such a chaotic disaster without a warning, so the whole thing felt very real. My only complaint is that I wish there’s more explanation at the end, as in who’s behind this global scale attack and what would happen afterward, but that’s just my personal preference of liking a plot that has a clear solution or at least an explanation. Overall, I definitely enjoyed the book and would recommend it to people who like the genre.