REVIEW - Blog Tour for The Summer the World Ended by Matthew S Cox

Welcome to my review stop on the blog tour for The Summer the World Ended by Matthew S Cox.

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The Summer the World Ended by Matthew S. Cox 
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: June 29th 2015
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult


As far as Riley McCullough is concerned, her best friend getting ‘dragged’ off to Puerto Vallarta for the first two weeks of summer vacation was the end of the world―at least until the bombs fell.

Life in suburban New Jersey with her mother has been comfortable, not to mention boring, to an introverted fourteen year old. As if her friend’s surprise trip wasn’t bad enough, her expectations for the ‘best summer ever’ disintegrate when she gets sent across the country to stay with a father she hasn’t seen in six years. Adjusting to a tiny, desert town where everyone stares at them like they don’t belong proves difficult, and leaves her feeling more isolated than ever. To make matters worse, her secretive father won’t tell the truth about why he left―or what he’s hiding.

Her luck takes an unexpected turn for the better when she meets a boy who shares her interest in video games and contempt for small town boredom. In him, she finds a kindred spirit who might just make the middle of nowhere tolerable.

Happiness is short lived; fleeing nuclear Armageddon, she takes shelter with her dad in an underground bunker he’d spent years preparing. After fourteen days without sun, Riley must overcome the sorrow of losing everything to save the one person she cares about most.

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Holy cow, I finished this book and went WTF just happened, really I was astounded!

Not bad astounded just more like how did I not see this coming and because of my WTF moment this will not be an in depth review. Why? Well because there is a major twist in this book that is awesome!

Riley is 14 years old and she lives with her mother, she is a typical bolshy teenager obsessed with video games and how she will cope without her best friend for two weeks when she goes on holiday. 

To begin with I honestly couldn't stand Riley but then I remembered that she is a teenager and that grumpy, awkwardness is coming through with bells on! After that reminder she started to grow on me! I was a teenager once and I was a major pain in the arse - so remember that if you read this!

Anyway, her mother is taken ill and unfortunately passes away, Riley has nobody and is temporarily taken in to care. She gets the shock of her life when her absent father turns up at her mother's funeral. Where he has been, she doesn't know but he is here and is going to take her home.

Home however is far away from her home in New Jersey she is moving to the desert, a one horse town and worst of all her dad doesn't even live in the town, he stays miles away on the outskirts. Worse still, he has no WiFi!!

Her dad seems to have a secret programming job, he is constantly in touch with the military and he seems to be prepared for the worst. In her new bedroom a "Go" bag is ready for any terrible events that may arise.

This is all a total culture shock to poor Riley, her dad is a bit stranger than she remembers but she tries to get her life back on track helped along by meeting a cute boy in town.

Her new life comes to a horrible stop when she is rudely awoken one night by explosions, before she knows it her father has taken her down to his bunker. The explosions keep coming, has the end of the world came just as Riley is settling in to her new world?

Well I can't say but let me say this, things get a lot worse before they get better!

This was totally not what I expected, Riley is a determined young girl and even though I didn't have much love for her to begin with, I ended up really enjoying the time we spent together. A great read but be prepared for the unexpected!!

Thanks to Xpresso tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

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  1. Sounds like a really interesting book!

  2. I haven't heard of this until now but it sounds really good! And I like how the main character is my age :D Thanks for sharing!

    Asma @ IceyBooks

  3. Eek this sounds like one intense ride and I love a good shocking ending, too! One that just leaves with with a WTF face. Riley sounds like a realistic character, if not exactly likeable and I'm ok with that. I really need to give this one a try myself!

    1. You should Giselle, she was realistic and once I remembered 14 year old girls can be quite precocious I started to warm to her!

  4. Hi Heather :) thanks for the great review! This was the first time (and so far only time) where I had to take a break and walk away from the drafting process to clear my head from the emotional load of a scene. I'm glad you warmed up to Riley :) I tried to make her a relatable and likable character. (Figured a change of pace from Natalie [from Caller 107] who starts off way way brattier (but comes around eventually)

    1. She was great, I just had to remember she is a teenager. It was a great read, thanks for letting me be part of the tour, I really enjoyed it!


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