From the author of The Good Sister comes a gripping novel about two sisters who learn that there are things in life—love, loss, and self-discovery—that you simply can’t prepare for.
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 is a gripping, young adult novel that explores family, friendship, and love in the midst of the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.
I know I say this often, but the folks at St. Martin’s Griffin are way too good to me! HUGE thanks to them for sending me a copy!
I will admit that, at first, I was kind of iffy on requesting this book, but I decided that I was in the mood for a survival type story.
I think many people are confused about WHAT this book is when looking at it, so hear me out: this is not an apocalyptic survival story!
However, it is about family and survival just the same. I found Nicole’s choices interesting when she had to step up for herself and her sister when her dad left to find their mother. She didn’t have to do that, but she knew how and did.
I’ve also seen people say that “nothing happens.” Again, I think this idea is mostly due to going in blind and expecting some supernatural event or tragedy.
Either way, if you go in knowing what to expect then this is a great story. It is only 213 pages, so it is even a fast read. I enjoyed the two alternating narrations and I think it helped to see everything that was going on.
Check it out because it just came out today!