Title: A Hero At The End Of The World
Author: Erin Claiborne
Publisher: Big Bang Press
Page count: 308 pages (paperback)
Rating: 4/5 stars
Trigger warnings for the book: nothing I can think of right now. Will update if I think of anything, but basically if you can handle Harry Potter, then this should be perfectly fine.
Bonus points for the book: characters in their 20s, LGBT characters, diverse race characters, this book is Tumblr`s wet dream.
Spoiler warnings for this review: this is a spoilerfree review
Sixteen year-old Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it’s his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain. Although he’s just a normal boy, deep down Ewan is confident that he has exactly what it takes to be a hero. But when Ewan’s big moment comes, he freezes. His best friend, the clever and talented Oliver Abrams, defeats the villain for him, and Ewan’s bright future crumbles before his eyes.
Five years later, Oliver has a job as an Unusual in the government’s Serious Magical Crimes Agency, the life he and Ewan always dreamed of. But a routine investigation leads him and his partner, Sophie Stuart, to uncover a dangerous and powerful cult… one that seems to have drawn his former best friend into a plot to end the world.
A deftly plotted, hysterically funny take on Chosen One narratives, A Hero at the End of the World expertly walks the fine line between satire and sincerity. Its sensitive depiction of a broken friendship and wry take-down of unfairly great expectations will appeal to all readers of modern fantasy.
Here`s a fun fact about this book: one of the first days I was reading it, I took it with me to dinner (dinner is not a very social thing in my family, it is in fact one of my prime reading times). My father took one glance at it, and asked me if I was reading Harry Potter. I suppose I was. Despite the changes in names, storyline and even race of the characters, this was very obviously based on Harry Potter. In fact, it felt like I was reading slash fanfiction in book form.
Here`s another fun fact: Harry Potter (fanfiction) literally changed my life. So did I mind I was reading a kind of fanfiction? Absolutely not. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it. But don`t worry for those of you who are slightly less into fanfiction: the story is changed enough that non-fanfiction readers can absolutely enjoy this too.
Even aside from the Harry Potter thing, this book is very enjoyable and easy to read. Like the Goodreads summary says, it does constantly walk the line between satire and sincerity, which makes it entertaining while also giving you all the Feels. There`s plenty of banter between the characters, some interesting character development, an insane amount of snarky comments, and combined with some magical cults, evil leaders and objects with questionable purposes, this is obviously a perfect book for my generation: the 20-somethings who have grown up with Harry Potter, have gone through college/uni by now and might not be entirely where they wanted to end up.
The design of the book is very nice as well. The cover design is beautiful, and it feels very velvety soft (my notes for this review actually say “softest cover in the history of mankind” which may be a slight exaggeration, but only slightly). One thing that did bug me though, was the spacing of the letters/words in the book. Sometimes it changed two or three times on one page, which made it feel like the book wasn`t actually properly edited just yet.
Either way, considering this is the first book ever published by publisher Big Bang Press, I`d say job well done to the editors and designers and of course the writer and anyone else who worked on this book.
So do I recommend this book? Yes. While not a mind-blowing masterpiece, this is a very fun and quick read. Don`t expect too much of it, don`t expect JK Rowling level of detail and epic and intricate storylines, but expect something enjoyable that gives you that feel of the Harry Potter books anyway.
Have you read this book, or are you going to read it? What did you think of it? Do you have any other recommendations similar to this one? Let me know down in the comments!
And for now, see you all later and take care 🙂