Langan closes an excellent anthology with a strong, albeit dark and bleak (although ultimately human) story.
The approaching apocalypse is one of the common forms in the anthology – a planet-killer impact is imminent, and Langan describes the final hours in a small community in which most of the human behaviour is at the other end of the spectrum from ‘noble’.
Tom’s parents have left him behind, their own tickets for an underground refuge trumping family ties, and he’s left with an emotionally damaged and needy companion, as the final hours tick away. Looking forward to the continuation of this story in the next volume, although the opening and closing sentences suggest….
More from ‘The End is Nigh’ here.