Is there such a thing as a gentle apocalypse?

Caila, notoriously clumsy and indecisive, is asked by an alien species to help decide the faith of Earth, in less than a week. To make matters worse, she also needs to select seven companions to help rebuild a human population.

The surprisingly gentle apocalypse marks the start of their fight for survival.

This is a story about an ordinary group of people caught up in an extraordinary situation.
What would you do? Would you agree to a human restart?  And who would you choose as your seven companions?

Author's Notes

An unexpected scent and a moment of stillness during the madness of the early morning rush-hour at London Victoria. What if …? 
What if the end of the world would not be violent? No horrible disease and no bombs, but swift and gentle. 
That evening, I started writing.

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Genre: Fiction > Fantasy

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H. Maatman

5 years 1 month ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by C. Attleya. It’s different from most apocalyptic fiction, in that it is not singularly dystopian or dark. Initially, it focusses on the difficult decisions the main character, Caila, is faced with. How can she agree to a human extinction? And who will she choose to survive with her, to restart a new population? Both questions still have me thinking, and tomorrow, at the office I will be looking at my colleagues in a different light. The story moves on and follows Caila as she has to confront her companions with the reality, that they face a future in a decimated world, without any of their old friends and family. Hostile accidental survivors form a threat, and the imbalance caused by the absence of weapons in Caila’s community is cleverly resolved. As Caila discovers and comes to terms with her origins she meets Guvnor, and this confrontation brought some very uncharacteristic tears to my eyes. The story is set in the South of England, in and around Hever castle. An area, the author is clearly familiar with. The towns and villages are recognisable, and the description of the castle shows C. Attleya has seen more of Anne Boleyn’s childhood home than the areas that are generally open to the public. If you are looking for a book to make you laugh, think and cry, then this is a must read.

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