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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on December 8, 2015
Genres: Friendship, Self-Esteem, Social & Family Issues, Young Adult
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He prepared their family for every natural disaster known to man—except for the one that struck.
When Nicole Reed’s father forces her family to move to a remote area of the Sierra Foothills, one without any modern conveniences, it's too much too handle for her mother, who abandons them in the middle of the night. Heading out to track her down, Nicole’s father leaves her in charge of taking care of the house and her younger sister, Izzy. For a while, Nicole is doing just fine running things on her own. But then the food begins to run out, the pipes crack, and forest fires start slowly inching their way closer every day. Wolf, a handsome boy from the neighboring community, offers to help her when she needs it most, but when she starts to develop feelings for him, feelings she knows she will never be allowed to act on once her father returns, she must make a decision. With her family falling apart, will she choose to continue preparing for tomorrow’s disasters, or will she take a chance and really start living for today?
Instructions for the End of the World was both very good and very bad at the same time. The world built was great, the pacing was not. About half of the characters were very well fleshed out and the other half seemed like they were thrown in at the last minute. Some of the plot points were very strong and some were so unrealistic it was almost painful. The story centers around teen Nicole, a very strong character who I connected with, her sister an “every rebel teen stereotype” and Wolf “the troubled boy next door”. The parents were outright neglectful and just all around horrible and only served to drag the story down, particularly the subplot with Wolf’s mother. However, some scenes brought me to tears with their poignancy and I was rooting for Nicole to triumph the entire read. It almost felt as if two different novellas were stuck together and the author was tasked with melding them together as quickly as she could. Instructions for the End of the World has potential, but sadly did not fulfill it.
Favorite lines – “Survival, I know now, is the story you tell yourself to get by. Evasion is all about avoiding the enemy. But what if the enemy is the person you’re supposed to depend on? What if the enemy is inside your own head? Resistance isn’t a gun in hand, ready to fire. It’s knowing your own mind. Knowing how you will bend, and how you won’t. Escape is not always physically possible, but no one can control where your thoughts go. No one can make you believe what you know is wrong.”
Biggest cliché – Another YA book, another set of absent/neglectful parents.
Have you read Instructions for the End of the World, or added it to your TBR?