Ends of the World

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
351 Pages
Reviewed on 11/09/2015
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Author Biography

Matthew Waterman created this novel. It is his first published work after two decades writing. Sometimes lucid, he is not an altogether terrible person. In fact, this one time he went right up to a stranger and gave the person a high-five. Matt’s greatest singular talent may be overthinking mundane matters. But at least his regrets have wings.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Ends of the World is an urban fantasy thriller novel by Matthew Waterman. The central character of the tale is Matt, a writer who has recently suffered a traumatic incident where he almost killed a little boy with his car. The novel describes the aftermath of this event, where Matt’s grip on reality starts to slide as he is forever changed by the incident. Along with troubles in his relationship with his girlfriend Meda, Matt’s consciousness takes over his tumultuous emotions, and his normal life in the city is suddenly anything but ordinary. Changes from the inside begin seeping out, and it’s up to Matt to find his sanity again before it’s too late.

Unreliable narration is a tricky thing to get right, especially in the thriller genre, but Matthew Waterman has managed it very well. The changing perspectives of narration in Ends of the World give readers an insight into not only Matt’s inner psychological state, but also the way that others in his life see him, and how his fantasy characters are influenced by the events occurring in his real life. The gritty urban setting of city life gives rise to plenty of opportunities for drama and action, but it’s really the way that Matt’s mind works which gives this compelling tale the ability to keep you turning pages. Ends of the World is a fascinating and well written piece which delivers a lot more than the first glance promises, and I’d highly recommend it to fans of surprising and genuinely unique storytelling.

Tracy Slowiak

I just finished reading Ends of the World by author Matthew Waterman, and the main thing I can say is "Whoa!" It is written in a unique style, almost a stream of consciousness like style from the point when the story's narrator has hit a child with his car, and needs to know what to do about it. No one saw the accident, he knows he could leave and not get into trouble, but something calls him to do more, to figure out more about the child. Teetering on the edge of sanity, needing to protect his family from harm, the narrator's life has taken on an urgency, and a fantastical turn that will certainly leave the reader questioning if he will ever be able to do what he needs to.

Ends of the World is a good book, one that will leave readers intrigued, questioning, and compelled to read more. The author has a very unique writing style that is both engaging and different enough to make his work stand out amongst the crowd. The story line is certainly not like anything I've read before, and since I am quite a voracious reader, that is really saying a lot. I am pleased to recommend this book to any reader looking for a creative and unusual read, and I certainly hope that author Waterman will continue his work in this vein. He shows such promise as an author that I am certain we will hear much more from him soon!

Chris Fischer

Have you ever read a book that's made you feel as if you've just been socked in the gut? No? Well, I have, and the book is called Ends of the World by Matthew Waterman. The story starts with the narrator, just as he has hit and killed a little boy with his car. He knows that there will be no repercussions if he leaves, there were no witnesses to the accident, but he has a strong urge to divine the boy's state. The more the reader gets into the book, the more they will realize that there are certainly reasons to question the sanity of the narrator, and that his perceptions are not necessarily reality. But with loved ones in danger, and a deep conspiracy that may end his life as he knows it, action must be taken.

I very much liked Ends of the World. The book is challenging in places, but certainly in a good way that will make readers concentrate and think. Author Matthew Waterman has done a good job in creating characters that readers will get hung up on, interesting and well drawn. I picked up Ends of the World intending to read just a few chapters; instead I read it through right to the end, determined to find out what happened. Readers who enjoy fantasy, action, or just a unique and interesting story will certainly want to give Ends of the World a chance. I will be waiting to see what author Matthew Waterman has in store for his readers next. If it's anything like this, it will be an absolutely intriguing read.