Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay


Title: The Cabin at the End of the World
By: Paul Tremblay
Published: 2018
Call #: Fic Tremblay

What would you do if you were told that in order to save the world from the Apocalypse, you had to sacrifice a loved one? That is the moral dilemma presented in this novel.

Andrew and Erik are on vacation with their daughter in a secluded cabin, hoping to unplug from the world. Then four strangers appear at the cabin carrying unconventional weapons and demanding to be let in. Once they crash their way in, they tell the couple that they alone can save the world from the Apocalypse and all they have to do is be a willing sacrifice that the other kills. While the strangers promise they will not hurt the family, sacrifices still must be made and time is running out for the couple to make their decision.

Marketed as horror, this novel feels far more psychological as the couple and the reader fight to figure out if the strangers are just crazy or if the Apocalypse really is upon them. There is graphic violence but this isn’t necessarily one of those books with will keep you up at night. The author does a good job of making the reader question whether the signs are real or purely coincidental. Although the ending is a bit unsatisfactory, the moral dilemma of the book will have you talking about it long after you finish reading.

Mary-Megan K. 
Popular Materials Asst.