Preparing for the apocalypse is hard, thankless work. Even when you’re the only one to reap the benefits. Free on smashwords.com, Hole by David Lovato is the account of one man at the end of the world being really bored. … Yeah, that’s about it.
There are pages of details about the survival shelter Guy MainCharacter made and now resides in. We learn about how his friends and and family thought him insane and didn’t want to play with him. Unfortunately, we don’t really learn these things by seeing them or seeing him experience them, we get them recounted anecdotally.
1. Guy prepared for the end.
2. Guy’s friends and family preferred real life over preparing for the end.
3. Guy is super bored and misses people and life because he’s alone in his hidey Hole.
4. Guy decides to leave his Hole and…
It was written well enough; it just wasn’t interesting or engaging. It would have been nice to have felt his pain rather than just understood that he was in a regrettable, sucky situation.
Feeling empathy for MainCharacter was hard because he himself was more anecdote than person. An anecdote that was summed up in a sentence by economist Joseph A. Schumpeter:
“We always plan too much and always think too little.”