The end of the world was supposed to come with zombies attached, or maybe a flying meteor, but Dell finds that the reality is much less exciting—and infinitely lonelier.
In the wake of a virus that decimated the population, the place she calls home has turned into a ghost town. She hasn’t talked to anyone but her cat in weeks and finding an unopened bag of chips while looting the local grocery store is the only thrill she’s feeling.
There must be other survivors out there. But finding them means leaving behind her carefully organized stock of canned goods and burgeoning gnome collection.
Open Mic Night at the End of the World by Jessica Meyers is a post-apocalyptic novella that’s… unlike any post-apocalyptic fiction I’ve read. I think On the Edge of Gone comes closest in terms of feel and atmosphere and even then it’s actually nothing like that.
Disclaimer: I know the author from Twitter and was provided with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
CWs: mentions of death, mentions of suicidal ideation, brief scene of animal related violence: character interrupts fighting dogs and is bitten, runs away. Also descriptions of anxiety.