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Population Zero Review

This was a very disappointing and annoying read.

Rating: 1/5

Imagine a forest so dense and so filled with trees that you cannot see anything but darkness. The smell of the dead leaves, the creatures that lived there, and the stench they created.

Imagine smashed windows and abandoned satellite dishes and blocks of plaster all over the ground.

Imagine... What might the world be like if humans were suddenly to disappear?

In Population Zero by Fran Lewis, we experience several post-human worlds through the eyes of people who were allowed to visit for one day. A world covered in ice, a world in complete darkness, a world where deserts are plentiful, and others...

Get a glimpse of what our planet would look like if humans stopped existing. Get a glimpse of the future.


I received a free copy of Population Zero through Blackthorn Book Tours for their December Quick Bites in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity!

What I had hoped to be an intriguing collection of potential futures for our world, showcasing the events leading up to their particular downfalls whether that being catastrophic or human stupidity turned out to be more of a muddled chaotic cluster of words.

Often repetitive, I found none of the worlds unique. Several of them sounded almost exactly the same. Almost none of them truly had any science or research that sounded believable to back up these potential futures. And several times the author would say “one last world” but then the next chapter would introduce us into a “new” world. This would make my eyes roll. Other times, we would reference a past world, and I’m sitting here thinking to myself, “I thought we had moved on from that one?”

This was a very disappointing and annoying read. Personally, I think this could have used more editing to be a better more coherent read. Not something I’d recommend, unfortunately.


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