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Win a Copy of THE BLIND by A.F. Brady!

We have 10 copies of The Blind by A.F. Brady to give away to 10 Riot readers!

Here’s what it’s all about:

An addictive psychological suspense debut about a woman who goes so far off the deep end, she might never make it back up…

As the best psychologist at Typhlos, Manhattan’s most challenging psychiatric institution, Sam James believes if she can’t save herself, she’ll save someone else. This savior complex serves her well in helping patients battle their inner demons. When a mysterious patient is admitted, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and his psyche, but his twisted past leads to some terrifying discoveries about her own life. And so the mind games begin.

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Kissing Books

#RWAstrong and Historical Fantasy

Happy September, lovers! Did you get any time off for reading over the long weekend (if you got a long weekend)?

Just a couple days after our last chat, Romance writers clapped back hard when one of their own spoke disparagingly about diversity and “social issues” in romance novels. As I am personally not a member of Romance Writers of America, I have not seen the remarks, but I got the jist from several authors I follow, primarily on Twitter. Ann Aguirre makes a clear statement, as does Olivia Waite, and the #RWAstrong tag will give you a little more. I haven’t read any books by the author, but this isn’t inspiring me to seek any out.

Sponsored by The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury has continued to seek justice, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. But now he is needs an heir – and a wife to produce one. When seamstress Emma Gladstone appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides immediately that she’ll do. His terms are simple: they will be husband and wife by night only, and once she’s pregnant with his heir, they never need share a bed again. But Emma is no pushover, and once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love.

In happier news, PassionFlix went live this past weekend! Have you tried it out? So far it doesn’t have a whole lot of movies, but looking at romance author Alessandra Torre’s favorites, I think she and I should be BFFs.

Speaking of romantic movies, though: have you watched The Incredible Jessica James on Netflix? No matter what your life looks like, it’s just what you read right now. I promise.

Do you read a lot of British-set historicals? What do you look for to determine whether it’s a Regency or a Victorian? Heroes & Heartbreakers has a nice little primer. Though I’d also add: trains.


Close Enough to Touch is one of my favorite Victoria Dahl novels (though when you’re wandering through Jackson, how do you pick a favorite?) and it’s 1.99 right now!

Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend (which is apparently now also a Bollywood movie) is 1.99!

Twice the Growl by Milly Tayden is 99 cents! And if you come to the end of that wanting more, there are way more in the series (for not a bad price).  

Sabrina Jeffries’ The Pirate Lord is 1.99 right now. It’s a classic!

Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown is 99 cents right now. It’s an #ownvoices contemporary featuring two characters with hearing loss.

Over on Book Riot…

It’s the week after Labor Day! For a lot of folks, it’s back-to-school time (though where I live out in the desert, they’ve already been back in school for a month. A MONTH). So how about some romances to get you in the school zone?

I didn’t mention it in news, but the New York Times books coverage desk is pulling even farther back on romance. Amanda Diehl had words.

But we know what we like, so how about some excellent self-published romance?

Dudes. Casey has come to realize that she just…doesn’t like erotica. Do you? (I don’t read much of it myself, actually; I tend to go for erotic romance. Which I read…a whole lot of.)

Santino Hassell tries to read an hour a day. What else did he have to tell us?

And don’t forget, you can always check out the Romance/Erotica tag on the Book Riot site to go back and read stuff you might have missed, all the way back to the start!

Finally, there’s book recs!

I was in a historical fantasy mood (and someone recommended a really interesting sounding one) so I started my weekend with Highland Dragon Warrior, the first in a very promising prequel series to Isabel Cooper’s Highland Dragon series. Instead of the 19th-century setting of the first series, Highland Dragon Warrior is set in the time of Braveheart, when Scotland is fighting for its own sovereignty. The titular dragon warrior, Cathal, is home from foreign wars, looking over the family keep, when Sophia, a Jewish scholar and alchemist (alchemist!) arrives with one request: a few of his scales. He offers to grant them, if she helps him out with a mystical problem he’s having. His friend is dissolving. Dissolving. Sophia takes up the challenge, and her awesomeness and fortitude are what will keep you turning pages until you reach the very end (at which point you will be grasping for Highland Dragon Rebel, which takes place twenty years later, features a badass dragon warrior, and unfortunately has none of Cathal or Sophia except in passing mention).

Snowspelled is a brief but jam-packed novella set in a very different kind of Alternate England. In Angland, humans and elves have created a pact that allows both worlds to reside in peace. Women control the nation—being the more prudent, level-headed ones—and men deal in all things magical. But Cassandra is a rare being, able to wield magic and one of the best in her class at the Library—but a bad choice made it so she could no longer practice. The pain of losing access to her magic led her to break things off with her fiance, but a snowed-in house party puts them into constant contact. Add to that a really bad agreement with an elf, and all kinds of fun can happen in a week! The compelling plot and the effortlessly diverse world kept me smiling and sighing in this single-sitting read. (Thanks, Stephanie, for sending me a copy!)

I haven’t come across any historical fantasy by an author of color (if you know any, send them my way) but I did recently finish this fabulous self-published historical romance set in the Spanish Caribbean in the 19th century, A Summer for Scandal. It’s got some awesome Pride and Prejudice vibes and features two author protagonists: one wrote a novel and is now publishing and writing for multiple journals—one in his own name, one a gossip rag very much not in his name. The other protagonist would love to publish a novel, but has settled for anonymously publishing a best-selling, scandalous serial. Throw them together and let the sparks ensue. And the scandal, of course. (I will warn you; there are some typos. I am a firm believer in copyediting, but whatever, I don’t care. It’s otherwise fantastic.)

How about some new and upcoming releases?

Sanctuary, Rebekah Weatherspoon

When the Scoundrel Sins, Anna Harrington

My Fair Lover, Nicole Jordan

The Betting Vow, KM Jackson

Her Hometown Girl, Lorelie Brown

Pitch Please, Lani Lynn Vale (9/8)

That’s probably enough for now, huh? In the meantime, catch me on Twitter @jessisreading or Instagram @jess_is_reading, or send me an email at if you’ve got feedback or just want to say hi!

Unusual Suspects

Charlotte Holmes is the Best Sherlock, & a Chat With Megan Abbott

Hello fellow mystery fans! People are getting excited about pumpkin-flavored things and other people are annoyed by those people so fall reading is almost here!

Sponsored by PORTRAIT OF VENGEANCE by Carrie Stuart Parks

Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up, but as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details surface that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. What’s going on?

No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen is an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation more difficult. Questions pile up, answers come slow—and the clock is ticking for a missing girl.

As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a race for the truth.

Charlotte Holmes is My Favorite Sherlock!

A Conspiracy in Belgravia cover image: a woman in a late 1800's ruffled dress running away in a foggy streetA Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas: I read this a few months back and have not stopped raving about it because it’s one of my favorite series and it’s my favorite Holmes and Sherlock team. Thomas has not only gender-swapped Sherlock and Holmes, but has brilliantly made it so that the quirks we’ve associated with Sherlock aren’t a random personality trait so much as a push-back to society’s treatment of women. It’s so well done. In this second novel, Charlotte and Mrs. Watson are back with a rather delicate case involving a married woman looking to find a past lover–her true love. Scandalous! Making the case super-complicated is the fact that Charlotte knows both the woman’s husband and the true love. It’s packed with mysteries, ladies not here for society’s rules, improper flirting, learning to fight, and more; and I loved every moment of this book!

A Little Q&A: Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin (I give authors I’m excited about 5 questions and let them answer any three they’d like.)

If you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while you know my love for Abbott–especially, her early noir–so you can imagine how quickly I moved to get my hands on her crime graphic novel: Normandy Gold. After inhaling the first issue, and immediately needing the next issue in the series, I realized it was a duo writing team and that I needed to get my hands on Gaylin’s work pronto! In Normandy Gold you have a detective who goes undercover as a call girl in order to find out what happened to her sister, and it’s set in the ’70s and written by two awesome mystery writers! (illustrated by Steve Scott)

And here’s Abbot and Gaylin:

What would you like to see more/less of in the mystery genre?

Less of….

Megan: Copycat books

Alison: Dead women driving plots.

More of:

Megan: Diversity, of every kind

Alison: Living women driving plots

If you were to blurb your most recent/upcoming book à la James Patterson:

Megan: “Normandy Gold: as if Brian De Palma remade Dirty Harry starring Pam Grier and with a Bernard Hermann score.”

Alison: “To paraphrase one of the characters, Normandy Gold is hotter than Satan’s g-string — and twice as lethal.”

The last book you read that you loved?

Megan: Laura Lippman’s upcoming Sunburn, note-perfect noir and not to be missed.

Alison: I haven’t read Sunburn yet, but I am so excited for it. Also Karen Ellis’ (aka Katia Lief) absolutely riveting psychological thriller, A Map of the Dark, out in January.

Thanks Megan and Alison! I look forward to more Normandy Gold and now have two more books added to my TBR list!

Add Now and Watch on September 15: Strong Island, a Netflix true crime documentary that focuses on racial injustice. Yance Ford takes an emotional and unflinching look at his family’s devastation and lingering pain after the murder of their son and brother, William Ford. Trailer here.


A Tale of Four Cities: Must Read International Thrillers via Bookish

On All The Backlist podcast Liberty talked about two very long running mystery series which now I have to read because they sounded interesting: Kinsey Millhone series (has a book for each letter of the alphabet!) and The Cat Who series (a reporter and his Siamese cats who help solve crimes!).

Rincey and Katie talk about mystery writers who have real life mysteries/crimes on Read or Dead!

Psychological Suspense (TRIGGER WARNING: Date rape)

Good Me, Bad MeGood Me Bad Me cover image: a teen girl's face layered with gold and black wash and the title lettering by Ali Land: I’m going to do this review in two parts: first, for those who like to know as little as possible beforehand so they can be surprised by as much as possible; second, a little more for those that need to know what they’re getting into.

1st: Milly is a teen temporarily living with a foster family who has not only taken her in but the father is preparing her for a court appearance. Things are awful for Milly before she arrives and seeing as her foster sister hates her on sight things aren’t going to get any better… (Told in 1st person readers get front row seats to Milly’s thoughts as she navigates this new life while trying to reconcile with the past.)

2nd: Milly’s mum is a serial killer and Milly is the reason she was finally arrested. Now Milly must testify. Between the stress of that, a foster family where the daughter is bullying her, and a new life where no one seems to understand her or know her secrets how is Milly going to come out of any of this?

More Out This Week:

To Funk and Die in LA (D Hunter #4) by Nelson George (Ex-bodyguard tries to solve the shooting of his uncle in LA.)

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (Kopp Sisters #3) by Amy Stewart (Historical fic based on real Kopp sisters, one of America’s 1st female deputy sheriff.)

That Last Weekend by Laura DiSilverio (Group of friends reunite but is there a killer among them?)

A Murder in Music City: Corruption, Scandal, and the Framing of an Innocent Man by Michael Bishop (True crime)

March of Crime (Murder-By-Month Mystery #11) by Jess Lourey (Funny cozy mystery.)

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré (George Smiley is back.)

I Found You More Kindle Deals!

Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart (1st two in the Kopp Sisters series) are each $2.99

The Nine Mile Walk: The Nicky Welt Stories by Harry Kemelman for $1.99



Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. And if you like to put a pin in things here’s an Unusual Suspects board.

Until next time, keep investigating! And in the meantime come talk books with me on Twitter and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canaves.

In The Club

In The Club Sep 6

Welcome back to In The Club, a newsletter of resources to keep your book group well-met and well-read. Let’s dive in.

This newsletter is sponsored by Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan.

Pretty Nasty Lovely by Rosalind NoonanThey may your sisters…but they’re not your friends.

Pledging a sorority at Merriwether University seemed to offer Emma Danelski a passport to friendship, fun, and popularity. But the excitement of pledge training quickly fades, as does the warmth of her so-called sisters. What’s left is a stifling society filled with petty rules, bullying, and manipulation. Most haunting are the choices Emma makes in the wake of another sorority sister’s suicide . . .

It doesn’t matter that no one else needs to know what Emma did, or how vastly different life at Theta House is from the glossy image it projects. Emma knows. And now, with her loyalties tested, she must decide which secrets are worth keeping and how far she’ll go to protect them—and herself . . .

I love actors who read, and I love Yara Shahidi — so it is with great pleasure that I point you to this list of Shahidi’s ten favorite books! All would make for a great discussion, which you could then pair with a few episodes of Black-ish.

For those who didn’t get enough travel into their summer vacations: here are 100 travel narratives! Rebecca even organized them by region for you.

Maybe your group’s wallets could use a break. Here are 15 places to find free — and legal — ebooks.

For Sens8 and Stranger lovers: five Korean novels for fans of actress Doona Bae. I strongly cosign the Han Kang and Suah Bae recommendations.

Need to keep your kids reading? Here are 20 ideas for starting a kids’ book group! On a personal note, one of my favorite jobs as a bookseller was running a summer reading group for local teens — we had one of the best discussions I’ve ever participated in, about The Arrival by Shaun Tan.

For nonfiction fans: want something easy to pick up and put down as you have time? Let us introduce you to these six excellent essay collections.


Spotlight: Foodie Books and Groups

You might have noticed that one of my favorite things is books and [insert food or beverage here], possibly because so many of the book groups I’ve belonged to have had very strong snack game. If you need more side dishes (ahem) with your reading, here are some links that might offer inspiration!

– A cookbook club is one of my dreams — and if it’s yours too, here’s how to make one happen.
– Need vegetarian inspiration for your group? Here are some cookbooks even carnivores will love.
– Betcha didn’t think about pairing boba with books before this.
– Many of these will be in paperback now or soon: the 20 best food books of 2016, courtesy of The Guardian.
– Looking for something surprising? Paste has you covered with 14 books about food you probably haven’t read.
– Want more pictures? Here are 5 comics with characters who cook!

And that’s a wrap: Happy discussing! If you’re interested in science fiction and fantasy talk, you can catch me and my co-host Sharifah on the SFF Yeah! podcast. For many many more book recommendations (including the occasional book club question!) you can find me on the Get Booked podcast with the inimitable Amanda.

Your fellow booknerd,

More Resources:
– Our Book Group In A Box guide
– List your group on the Book Group Resources page


Win a Copy of SWING TIME by Zadie Smith!


We have 10 copies of Swing Time by Zadie Smith to give away to 10 Riot readers!

Here’s what it’s all about:

The New York Times bestselling novel that moves from North West London to West Africa, telling the story of two childhood best friends, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty. Now available in paperback!

Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the cover image below:

Riot Rundown


Today’s Riot Rundown is sponsored by Penguin Books.

The New York Times bestselling novel that moves from North West London to West Africa, telling the story of two childhood best friends, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty. Now available in paperback!

New Books

First Tuesday in September New Books Megalist!

It’s time for fall reading, that glorious time of the year where the air gets a bit chilly, the blankets get a bit thicker, and the new book releases become more plentiful! It’s the first Tuesday of the month, which means there are a bunch of new titles out today. I’ve got a big list for you below, and you can hear about a few of these books on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about amazing books we loved, such as Sing, Unburied, Sing, Sourdough, and They Both Die at the End.

Sponsored by Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem, new in paperback.

A devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he’s psychic–from the author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude. Alexander Bruno travels the world playing high stakes backgammon and hunting for amateur “whales” who think they can challenge him. Lately he’s had a run of bad luck. Out of money and friends, he turns to the only person who can help (and the last person he wants to see): a high-rolling former childhood acquaintance. Forced to confront his uncertain future, he must ask himself: Is he playing the game, or is the game playing him?

(And like last time, I’m putting a ❤️ next to the books that I have read and loved. There are soooo many more on this list that I can’t wait to read!)

welcome homeWelcome Home: An Anthology on Love and Adoption edited by Eric Smith (I haven’t read this, but congratulations to fellow Rioter Eric Smith!) 

A Tale of Two Kitties (Magical Cats) by Sofie Kelly

Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington

Sisters by Lily Tuck

Copycat by Alex Lake

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

A Secret History of Witches by Louise Morgan

The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas

prosper reddingThe Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Tales of Falling and Flying by Ben Loory

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones ❤️

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters

Acadie by Dave Hutchinson ❤️

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward ❤️

To Funk and Die in LA (A D Hunter Mystery) by Nelson George

sourdoughSourdough by Robin Sloan ❤️

Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell

Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things by Loudon Wainwright, III

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir by Ilana Kurshan

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

Black Rock White City by A.S. Patric

The Seagull: A Vera Stanhope Mystery by Ann Cleeves

good me bad meGood Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera ❤️

Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker

Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn (Author), Allison Raskin (Author)

The Western Star (A Longmire Mystery) by Craig Johnson

Browse: The World in Bookshops by Henry Hitchings

the glass town gameThe Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente (Author), Rebecca Green (Illustrator) ❤️

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling ❤️

Right Where You Left Me by Calla Devlin

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

The Amber Arrow by Tony Daniel

A Legacy of Spies: A Novel by John le Carré

don't call us deadDon’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith ❤️

A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNicholl

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (A Kopp Sisters Novel) by Amy Stewart ❤️

The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire ❤️

The Assassin’s Curse by Kevin Sands

Clade by James Bradley

Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

poppies of iraqPoppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly, Lewis Trondheim (Illustrator)

A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom by Matt Sewell

What It’s Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience by Gregory Berns

The Cold War: A World History by Odd Arne Westad

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas ❤️

lie to meLie to Me by J.T. Ellison ❤️

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn

Literally Show Me a Healthy Person by Darcie Wilder

Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation by John Freeman

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust ❤️

Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle Allen

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld ❤️

Across the China Sea by Gaute Heivoll

normaNorma: A Novel by Sofi Oksanen

The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz

Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey

Immortal Architects by Paige Orwin

Anne Bancroft: A Life (Screen Classics) by Douglass K. Daniel

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (paperback) 

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker (paperback) ❤️

That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books new and old (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, or books you think I should read (I HEART RECOMMENDATIONS!), you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad,


Riot Rundown


Today’s Riot Rundown is sponsored by Copycat by Alex Lake.

Your stalker is everywhere.
Your stalker knows everything.
But the real problem is that your stalker is you.
Sarah Havenant discovers – when an old friend points it out – that there are two Facebook profiles in her name.
One, she recognizes: it is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Recent photos of her and her friends, her and her husband, her and her kids. Even of her new kitchen. A photo taken inside her house. She is bemused, angry, and worried. Who was able to do this? Any why? But this, it soon turns out, is just the beginning. It is only now – almost as though someone has been watching, waiting for her to find the profile – that her problems really start…

This Week In Books

Joan Didion Documentary Coming To Netflix: This Week in Books

Joan Didion Documentary Coming To Netflix

Will this documentary teach me how to be as effortlessly cool as Joan Didion? Netflix is producing a Didion documentary, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, chronicling the author’s life and work. The film, which will be directed by Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne, will be available on October 27, so plan to have enough popcorn for the Didion doc and horror movies. The article includes a sneak peek and it’s really good, yo.

100 Books Across America

What do you think of Literary Hub’s list of the non-fiction and fiction books repping every state in America? Do the picks accurately represent your state? The author did admit that it’s an impossible task. And I guess I won’t argue with Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout for California.

Sir Terry Pratchett’s Unfinished Novels Destroyed By Steamroller

The late Terry Pratchett’s wishes were granted when his unfinished works were destroyed by a steamroller. Pratchett’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage steamroller named Lord Jericho (of course) at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. We’ve been seeing a lot of exhumation of late writers’ works–scenarios that force us to imagine authors turning in their graves. Nothing would make me happier than for the Discworld series to continue on eternally, but only if Pratchett of sound mind and body went on eternally (he would’ve been annoyed if my wish had come true).

The New York Times Interviews Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward talked about her reading life for the Times‘ By the Book section. TBR hazard zone aside, it’s fascinating to learn the titles of the books that influence the great writers of our time. There’s always something surprising in the mix. For instance, the books on Ward’s nightstand at the time of the interview. No spoilers here–grab your bookstore shopping list and start reading.

Thank you to The End Of The World Running Club by Adrian Walker for sponsoring this week’s newsletter.

#1 International Bestseller!

When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts. No one knows this more than Edgar Hill: over five hundred miles of devastated wasteland stretch between him and his family. To get back to them, he must push himself to the very limit—or risk losing them forever.

His best option is to run. But what if his best isn’t good enough? A powerful postapocalyptic thriller, The End of the World Running Club is an otherworldly yet extremely human story of hope, love, and the endurance of both body and spirit.