A HistoryBook - 2014
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What would you do if you accidentally unleashed an infestation of
6-foot tall praying mantises that seem determined to
exterminate humanity? Austin Szerba narrates this quirky sci-fi apocalypse, interweaving the story of the end of the world with the strange history of his Polish family’s leg... Read More »
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.
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"Where else would things fall, if not into place? It's not like things are just going to float away. Gravity works."
"I was going to do something I'd never done, and do things I could not understand and never believed existed.
This is history, and this is also the truth."
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Behold the history of the end of the world - by Austin Szerba. The end of the world does not start with a bang or a bomb, or an ultimatum from outer space. It begins (and ends) in Ealing, Iowa, in Grasshopper Jungle, the parking lot behind the strip mall containing a pizza place, the liqueur store and the second-hand store. It begins when Austin and his best friend Robby (who is is pretty sure he is in love with) are bullied by the local small-town thugs who will never amount to anything (because they are not bright enough too and because they will shortly die). The fate of the world is sealed when said thugs break into the second-hand store to steal a glowing glass ball. The world is doomed when they break it open and unleash a plague of carnivorous giant insects on the world. Austin records everything (that is not an overstatement) that happens.
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