End Of Days by Eric WaltersEnd Of Days by Eric Walters

End Of Days

byEric Walters

Paperback | September 27, 2011

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Another riveting page-turner from Canada's favourite teen author--and this time, the adventure takes place in outer space.

It's 2012 and the world's most renowned astrophysicists, astronomers, and theoretical mathematicians have all died within the same 12-month period. But as these scientists discover, none of them are really dead after all. They have been taken hostage by alien forces. And while their family and friends are mourning their passing, and with the help of a 16-year-old with rare gifts, they face the ultimate struggle of prevailing over evil and returning themselves--and the earth--to safety.
ERIC WALTERS' young adult novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, and Ruth Schwartz Awards, and have received honours from UNESCO's international award for Literature in the Service of Tolerance. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario.
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Title:End Of DaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.18 × 5.47 × 0.89 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385670060

ISBN - 13:9780385670067

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting book This novel has an amazing plot and was a very good read. It is a good choice for people 12+, because it includes violence and may not be appropriate for small children.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I read this to my 7/8 class and they absolutely loved it! Every single one of my students was hooked. It does slow down part way through, but has a great ending!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book seems to be getting mixed reviews and I don't understand why. I think this is one of Eric Walter's best; at least from the ones I've read so far. I thought this future scenario was more plausible than many I've read and it plays out on a well-defined plot line. I was completely captured and can't wait to read Regenesis.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It alright It ok not Eric's best but it good enough to make you read the second book
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Walters took a completely different path from his previous novels with this one. Most of the novels I had read from him before this captured events of the past, like 911 and the 2004 tsunami. In this novel, Walters springs ahead to a decaying future, and he is absolutely brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the ever-developing, fast-paced plot. I cannot wait to read the sequel!
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I am currently reading this book for the second time. As you can probably tell that i really enjoy this book. I found that the beginning is a little slow but keep reading because it gets really interesting. My favourite part is the emotional ending.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from :) Great book from great auther
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Enjoyable..If you like this genre. Having never been a fan of sci fi, this book didn't really speak to me as much as I thought it would have. It has a seemingly interesting plot and title, and the story of the world coming to an end is one that many are familiar with. It wasn't a terrible storyline - i found it to be a bit boring and length - but it was well written. The characters were not ones that I could personally relate with though I guess some of their struggles were. I recommend this to anyone to prefers a drawn out plot with ok characters and a decent ending.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! This was a really captivating book from beginning to end. If you are into sci fi books this is a must read for you!
Date published: 2012-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely horrid! this book is absolutely horrible. Yeah it sounds good, but its horrible. It has a weak storyline and i find it keeps referring to the same thing! don't read this book!
Date published: 2011-11-28

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It looked like a giant butterfly fl uttering through space, the wings of its solar panels extended to gather in the power from the sun’s rays. Different instruments attached at strange angles gave it an awkward and fragile look. But it was strong—strong enough to survive as it sailed silently across the frigid, bleak, black expanse of open space. With each second it left Earth farther and farther behind. But attached to the satellite was a small part of its planet of origin, a gold disc showing a diagram of our solar system and an illustration of a man and a woman with their hands open in a gesture of friendship. No one could hope to predict, but maybe, just maybe, this wanderer might someday meet somebody in its travels. First it travelled toward the giant of the solar system, the planet Jupiter. The journey of 759 million kilometres took nearly three years. Arcing into a perfect elliptical orbit above the poisonous atmosphere, it began its task. The lifeless satellite bristled with activity as it observed, recorded, analyzed, and transmitted information. Never before had man observed this mysterious planet at such close range. With this job completed the satellite was ordered out of orbit. Using its booster rockets and the gravity of the planet, it was slingshot farther out toward the more distant planets at the very edge of the solar system. It was connected to Earth by a continuous trickle of information, like the string on a kite. Travelling at 300,000 kilometres per second, the signals raced back to Earth as the satellite continued on its relentless journey. With each passing hour it moved a further 17,000 kilometres away from Earth, and to places never before visited by man or his instruments. Six years after leaving Jupiter, having made close passes of five different planets, it passed beyond the outermost orbit of the outermost planet. In breaking this imaginary line, it left behind the solar system of its birth, but it refused to die. It kept travelling, kept recording, kept transmitting. No one could have believed that despite the passing of eleven years and more than 24 billion kilometres, the satellite still had the will to live. As it rocketed farther and farther it continued to send back its messages: a faint, feeble voice coming from somewhere out there. Like a little lost child in the dark night sky, it called out, “I’m here. I’m still here.” The scientists who had dreamed and conceived and then watched the life of the satellite would have marvelled at its continued existence. But the country that had sent this satellite skyward, the Soviet Union, no longer existed. It had been broken into smaller pieces, none of which now had the will or the resources to track the ongoing journey away from our solar system. The satellite called out, “Look at this!” but nobody was there to hear. Thirty-three years after its launch, twenty-two years after it left our solar system, the satellite cruised toward a small planetary body. With the gentle pull of gravity it settled into a perfect orbit. This new home was a lifeless chunk of rock with a diameter of 500 kilometres, roughly one-sixth the diameter of Earth’s moon. This became the centre of the satellite’s universe as it sailed around and around and around, once every fourteen hours. And like the good machine that it was, it started to observe, record, analyze, and transmit its findings. Just by chance, somebody was listening. The satellite transmitted its messages in its only true language, the language of mathematics. Its faint signals were accidentally heard and translated. At first nobody thought it could be possible that the traveller still existed. This was cause for great celebration. With each orbit, at fourteen-hour intervals, as it faced toward Earth, it sent back information. But the messages didn’t seem to make sense. Somehow the satellite appeared to be moving closer. Somehow the world that it was attached to was moving closer. And the one message that the satellite wasn’t transmitting was the most important—perhaps the most important message in the history of mankind. “I’m coming back, I’m coming home . . . and I’m not coming alone.”