Sunday, February 10, 2013

For the Prepper in You: The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan

Just the facts:

Overall: 3 Stars

Addiction Level: I read it when I had spare time.

Believe-ability: It was believable.

Dystopia Factor: The world has been turned upside down and all hope is lost!


First of all, I want to give a big thank you to Lissa Bryan and her publisher, The Writer’s Coffee Shop, for sending me an ARC of this interesting book! Thank you!

            It took me a little while to find my bearings with The End of All Things. I am so used to reading young adult (and dystopian) books that I just couldn’t get into it at first. Eventually, after I got over the fact that I was reading a more “adult” book (I know, I’m lame. I prefer my adult books in historical fiction format.) I was able to better enjoy it.
            The End of All Things is a post apocalyptic tale about a young woman who finds herself one of the few survivors in Juneau. She soon meets Justin, an ex-soldier who convinces her to cross the country with him in an attempt to find a more suitable location to start over.

            The End of All Things definitely falls under a survivalist heading (versus a dystopian one) and therefore has a very different feel and agenda. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but there were things that continued to pop up that drove me crazy. One of the most grating being the irregular use of cursing and specifically the f word. Every time Justin cursed it felt forced and weird. The story would have been just fine without it, or with a more regular use of it (not that I’m a fan, it would have just been less awkward). Also, some of the logistical issues didn’t really add up for me. I did like The End of All Things for its uniqueness compared to what I usually read. It was a good introduction to survivalist books and I don’t feel like I wasted my time reading it.
            If you’re looking for something new or different (and aren’t opposed to language and some sexual situations) then The End of All Things might be worth trying. Who knows? You may discover a new genre that you really like.