It's Only the End of the World

J. A. Henderson

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Quick Look

  • An adrenaline-filled thriller with plenty of black comedy where brilliant dialogue meets slapstick fight scenes
  • Features one reluctant hero and a sassy sidekick, a potentially rogue A.I., an evil corporation and a sprinkling of almost certain Armageddon
  • Charlie Ray: like Alex Rider, just with more sarcasm and less patience

Unlikely teen hero Charlie faces an evil corporation determined to bring on THE END OF THE WORLD in this pacey, ironic, and hilarious, thriller with the feel of Christopher Brookmyre.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 12 to 16 years
256 pages
Publication date:
16 Aug 2018


Charlie thinks he's a pretty normal guy, until someone breaks into his room one night and reveals that everything he's ever thought about anything is wrong.

1. His parents are boring -- nope -- they're actually highly skilled computer hackers with a history of radical action

2. He has no special talents -- nah -- he's been jacked up with the Atlas serum, making him near enough a super hero (minus the spandex)

3. The world is basically a good and predictable place -- wrong again -- there's an evil corporation determined to bring on THE END OF THE WORLD... and kill him

4. The person who broke into his room is weird -- OK, that one is true. But Daffodil (not her real name) has a bossy, all-powerful artificial intelligence attached to her brain stem which is bound to make anyone a little different.

In this pacey, ironic thriller, brilliant dialogue meets slapstick fight scenes, in a teen version of Christopher Brookmyre, and the question of who's controlling whom is startlingly, hilariously and constantly revised.


'The story keeps the reader turning pages with witty humor and unexpected plot twists. I had trouble putting the book down once I began.'
--Youth Services Book Review

'This book is a Hollywood holiday blockbuster, giant box of popcorn with your mates, having a good time romp… A great big, big great party of a story.'

'A whirlwind of action and breathless exposition. . . A sharply built adventure with engaging characters.'
--Kirkus Reviews

'This book is 5 parts of thrilling storytelling that is page-turningly brilliant! Full of drama, unexpected twists, genuine heartfelt moments and ACTUAL LOLS! Perfectly paced and wonderfully written. Daffodil McNugget is inspired - Her one liners are epic! If anyone needed another reason why J.A Henderson is my favourite author then just read this book.'
--Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary)

'A fast-paced, action-packed roller coaster ride that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout… A must read for anyone who is interested in computers, action, intrigue and world domination!'
--Addicted to Books blog


J. A. Henderson is an award-winning author of fiction, and non-fiction, for children and young adults. Originally from Dundee, Scotland, he now splits his time between Brisbane, Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland, where he runs the award-winning 'City of the Dead' ghost tours. Jan won a Royal Mail Book Award for teen thriller Bunker 10.

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