- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co (26 June 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062679104
- ISBN-13: 978-0062679109
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Paul Tremblay:
"Tremblay uses concise prose and smooth storytelling to evoke raw emotion in this tale of love, loss, and terror. . . . This stunning and tantalizing work of suggestive horror is sure to please admirers of Stephen King and Peter Straub."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Disappearance at Devil's Rock
"Disappearance at Devil's Rock is a true and powerful mystery novel, full of twists and horrors that will keep even the most jaded genre reader silently turning its pages late into the night."--New York Journal of Books on Disappearance at Devil's Rock
"Think The Desperate Hours meets 10 Cloverfield Lane, but way, way stranger. With The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay gives us a gloriously claustrophobic and gory tale of faith and paranoia. Signs and wonders and homemade battle-axes, oh my!"--Stewart O'Nan, author of The Speed Queen and A Prayer for the Dying
"Paul Tremblay loads emotion and tension into every paragraph on every page of The Cabin at the End of the World. It is a dream come true, a heartfelt, emotionally charged journey into our worst nightmares.--Caroline Kepnes, author of You and Providence
"[A novel] about the clash of rational and irrational, hatred and violence, prophecies and religion gone mad, and perhaps hope. The Cabin at the End of the World is a terrific, disturbing, desperate novel, one that profoundly reflects the current political climate of North America and our ambiguous times."--Mariana Enriquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire
"Tremblay once again demonstrates his talent for terrifying readers. Offering a terrible situation with no good outcome, this is the author at his best. Highly recommended for Tremblay's fans and those who relish end-of-the-world scenarios."--Library Journal (starred review)
"A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice that matches the power of belief with man's potential for unbridled violence."--Kirkus Reviews
"The Cabin at the End of the World is a thriller that grapples with the timely and the timeless. I tore through it in record time. I just couldn't wait to see where Tremblay was going to take me next."--Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling
"The apocalypse begins with a home invasion in this tripwire-taut horror thriller. . . .[Tremblay's] profoundly unsettling novel invites readers to ask themselves whether, when faced with the unbelievable, they would do the unthinkable to prevent it."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From the Back Cover
A propulsive, heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts
Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet lake in northern New Hampshire. A handful of miles from the Canadian border, far removed from the bustle of city life, cut off from the urgent hum of cell phones and from the internet, they are more than two miles away from their closest neighbors in either direction along an old dirt logging road.
On a cloudless summer day, as Wen catches grass-hoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen, but he is young--twenty-four and a half years old, he tells her--and friendly, with a warm and wide smile that wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen continue to talk and play, until three more strangers, two women and a man, all dressed like Leonard in jeans and button-down shirts, come down the road carrying strange, menacing objects.
In a panic, Wen tells Leonard that she must go back inside the cabin. But before she goes, her new friend tells her, "None of what's going to happen is your fault. You haven't done anything wrong, but the three of you will have to make some tough decisions. I wish with all my broken heart you didn't have to." As Wen sprints away to warn her parents, Leonard calls out, "Your dads won't want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world. Please."
The Cabin at the End of the World is an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. Electrifying and haunting, it is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.
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To start off, I read this book on Kindle and I really enjoyed the first 10%. There are lots of questions the reader really wants to know the answers to and the story is set up perfectly. Sadly, the wheels come off from here on in and the story almost grinds to a halt before trudging along at a snail’s pace with lots of repetitive dialogue. This is a book that should make you feel isolated, a book that begs to build tension, paranoia and fear. Instead, the moment any tension arises during a scene, Trembly tasers it immediately through a change of character and the narrative loses all momentum. Then we have the recurring problem with the constant, explicit descriptions. By chapter 3, I was more than familiar with the cabin layout and in particular its furniture. One scene, later on, we read of a body being taken outside. It takes 4 Kindle pages for them to get the damn body out there! FFS!!
By the halfway mark I was ready to throw the towel in. I was getting bored with the story and I wasn’t paying attention to what was happening. I began to skip through the pages (not a good sign!). However, something compelled me to finish it. I wanted to know if my suspicions about the intruders and the circumstances surrounding the world’s end were correct and so I plodded on. I’m kind of glad I did in a way but only because I don’t like leaving books unfinished.
The Cabin at the End of the World didn’t work for me at all. However, I’ll highlight a positive aspect I found with the book. It was great to read a story with some diverse lead characters instead of the standard man, wife, child combo seen all too often. I quite liked Eric and Andrew, Wen, too. Their outcomes were my only reason to continue reading.
I’ve seen a lot of folk fawning over this book, and that’s fine, I’m happy it worked for them (really I am. Some of these folk I truly respect and I’m pleased to call them friends). We all like different things and the world would be a dull place if we didn’t, right? What I don’t like is an idea stretched so far that it almost snaps and endless padding to increase the page count.
My work here is done, on to the next book.
1.5/5 homemade weapons from the Grim Reader.
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Seven year old Wen goes on vacation with her two adoptive dads and the serene trip evolves into a nightmare. Four strangers act as harbingers of doom, swearing that the loving family holds the key to preventing an apocalypse. Unfortunately, the strangers come equipped with a violent agenda along with their distressing message.
As I read THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD, I was blown away by Tremblay’s calculated choices. From the personalities of the characters to their names, attire, and beliefs, every single detail impacted the plot. Nothing was wasted. The story progressed at a natural pace, even with the ticking of an imaginary doomsday clock in the background. As a reader, I never felt manipulated, but rather like a detective trying to decipher the clues to separate the characters’ beliefs from the truth of the situation.
Tremblay created story people that generate empathy in the reader. The tropes and players one expects to be on hand at the end of the world are in evidence, but used in fresh ways.
THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD shows the advantages and pitfalls of faith and how all the horrors of everyday life can add up to the ultimate catastrophic event.
I highly recommend this thought provoking novel.
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