The Lifeboat at the End of the Universe by Simon Brading

(Last Updated On: June 25, 2019)

About the Book

Publisher: Self Published  |  Release Date: November 24, 2016  |  Pages: 131
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction  |  Format: eBook  |  Source: Purchased

In a desperate attempt to outrun the Big Crunch and recolonise the resulting new Universe, Humanity sends huge ships stocked with millions of people in hibernation racing at relativistic speeds for the edges of space.
One Lifeboat finds itself in crisis when strange events start to occur and Tom, the crew’s Astrophysicist, starts to suspect that all is not quite as it seems or as they have been told.

Author’s note – This was the second book I ever published, back when my technique was extremely raw. It has since undergone an extensive edit, so please make sure that you have the latest version.

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My Review

🌟 Friends this was such an amazing read! Set billions of years in the future, the last of humanity races against the Big Crunch (think of the big bang in reverse where the universe shrinks back up) in huge space ships called lifeboats to hopefully outrace the Big Crunch and recolonize, saving the human race.

A main theme of this book revolves around putting off solutions for future problems under the guise of “plenty of time to work on it.” This has direct parallels to how we as a planet tend to address issues that are coming up but will have no impact on the current generations… it is the problem for Future Generations to deal with and in that respect, the story feels incredibly plausible.

“Basically, they’ve told me we’re coming to the end of our stay in this universe. They say that it’s collapsing at a quicker rate all the time and that’s why we’ve been having all these quakes and freaky weather and stuff everywhere.”

The Lifeboat at the End of the Universe is excellently paced and still manages to describe in depth the world (er, ship) around the characters, as well as giving the characters a lot of depth – no small feat given this short story is all of 131 pages and many novels take this long to develop characters! Brading’s writing is succinct but descriptive and mesmerizing, and once I picked up the book I was not able to put it down. Seriously this is written so well with the suspense of a thriller. There’s not much that I am able to say without spoilers, but this is a riveting read and I highly encourage it to lovers of science fiction. 🚀

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea

    June 10, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    This sounds like my cup of tea. I may have to explore if I get this TBR under control. Excellent review!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 13, 2018 at 7:18 AM

      I cannot recommend this book enough, it is so good and such a quick read! I still cannot believe I am one of four reviewers on GR for this GEM!

      1. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea

        June 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM

        That is surprising! I think I have only seen one other review.

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          June 14, 2018 at 7:16 AM

          I know, such a hidden gem! I hope more people get to read it because I genuinely adored it.

  2. thecurlybookcorner

    June 10, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Hey! Such an amazing blog! Really loved your reviews! I just started a blog myself! Hope you get to check it out💓

  3. thebibliophagist90

    June 10, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Sounds like a good read. Thanks so much for the wondeful review

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 11, 2018 at 8:13 PM

      I enjoyed it SO MUCH, thank you!

  4. fictionologyst

    June 10, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    This is sounds so interesting! Thank you for the review!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 11, 2018 at 8:12 PM

      It was such a fun, engaging and surprising read! Thanks for stopping by!

      1. fictionologyst

        June 12, 2018 at 9:45 PM

        Not a problem at all Kalena. I always enjoy your posts 😂

  5. bookwormbrittanyy

    June 12, 2018 at 7:17 AM

    Hi Kaleena!! I nominated you for The Mystery Blogger Award 🙂 If you’d like to participate, or even just view your nomination, you can find it here 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM

      Oh gosh Brittany, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

      1. bookwormbrittanyy

        June 12, 2018 at 12:42 PM

        You’re so very welcome!!!

  6. ashleyinwonderland

    June 13, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    This is a great review! Sounds like something I would enjoy :). Adding it to my TBR list!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 14, 2018 at 7:20 AM

      I can’t wait to see what you think of it!

  7. amystanton

    August 15, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Wonderful. Can’t wait to read it!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 8:05 PM

      Thank you and I hope you love it as much as I did!!!

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