Apocalypse All the Time by David Atkinson
Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism.
Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop…one way or another. Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.
David S. Atkinson is the author of “Apocalypse All the Time,” “Not Quite so Stories” (2016 Best Book Awards Finalist Fiction: Short Story), “The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes” (2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor), and “Bones Buried in the Dirt” (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, First Novel <80K). He is a Staff Reader for Digging Through The Fat and his writing appears in “Bartleby Snopes,” “Literary Orphans,” “Atticus Review,” and others.
Marshall is sick and tired of apocalypses. It seems there is at least one every week. He just wants to go to the assembly line and do his job. During another apocalypse, Marshall decides to go shopping and meets Bonnie. She is tired of the apocalypses too. They start with a picnic during a zombie apocalypse and then find themselves “married” while being sent in space to another planet when the Earth is going to be destroyed by the sun.
But then enough is enough. Bonnie decides to mess with people with Marshall’s help during another apocalypse when everyone is stuck underground but she ends up saving everyone by giving them diarrhea. The lizard costumes didn’t work and neither did telling people that the apocalypse really isn’t happening. Bonnie finally decides that she has to kill humanity just to escape the apocalypse rut they were all stuck in.
I love apocalyptic and dystopian stories and could resist when I was asked to review Apocalypse All the Time. This is a hilarious look into those that live in the different apocalypses. I can see myself in Marshall’s place where once a week or more there was and Earth stopping event. All the poor man wants is some kind of normalcy. But you have floods, then fires, then freezes, then earthquakes, and it is never ending. And just when another one hits the Apocalypse Amelioration Agency cleans it up just to create or discovery another one. I don’t really blame Bonnie for trying to end humanity.
This is a great satirical look at the deluge of apocalyptic stories out in the market. If you are looking for a great laugh, you need to check out Apocalypse All the Time.
I received Apocalypse All the Time from Sami at Roger Charlie for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.