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Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite
The Cottage at the End of The World by Jenny Twist is not your typical science fiction story. It is more a tale about a group of people faced with a devastating pandemic and how they survive it. The story starts out as a pleasant enough tale. Boy meets girl. In this case, a young male reporter, Gary, covers an art exhibit in London and is amazed by a painting he sees. The painting has a 3D effect when you view it at a certain angle. Gary meets the unknown artist, Laura, who created the painting in question. It is love at first sight. Now a couple, their romance leads to many changes for Gary. Laura introduces him to Auntie Martha, who raised her as a child. Martha lives in a large cottage out in the country, miles from London. There is something special about Auntie Martha who is very old but looks and feels like someone almost half her age. As events unfold, in the background the world is dealing with a mysterious virus. Sound familiar? In addition, there is an added element that adds a touch of irony to it. These events affect everyone involved and the decisions they make.
In The Cottage at the End of The World, Jenny Twist arranges each chapter to give background stories for each major character. This adds to the depth of the tale in an entertaining way. Each character has a distinct background and a connection to each other and to Auntie Martha and her cottage. The cottage becomes a focal point as the characters deal in their own way with the deadly virus. Difficult enough to write science fiction, Twist manages to incorporate rich character development, human perseverance, world politics, and current events into an entertaining read.