Title: The Girl’s Guide To The Apocalypse
Author: Daphne Lamb
Book Description: Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb. As a self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped millennial, Verdell probably wouldn’t have ranked very high on the list of those most likely to survive the end of the world, but here she is anyway. Add in travelling with her work addicted boss, her boyfriend who she has “meh” feelings for, and a handful of others who had no businesses surviving as long as they have, and things aren’t exactly going as planned. But despite threats of cannibalism, infected water supplies, and possibly even mutants, Verdell is willing to put in as little effort as she can get away with to survive.
This book presents a new, unique take on the quite common apocalypse scenario. The story centers around Verdell, a young woman who gets caught unawares by the sudden destruction of the world as she knows it.
The setting of the story is always changing; from an office block, to survival camps, but weirdly all these are very similar to each other. I found it hard to tell the difference between the different places, and after a while I found that they all seemed to blur into each other. There are other characters that accompany her during her journey, and while I could see that the author was trying to prove that people wouldn’t change that much during the apocalypse, I found most of the characters to be shallow and over the top stupid.
They are always obsessing about some random, trivial matters such as twitter, or business development books, and I found it completely unrealistic that anyone would turn down food in an apocalypse just because they contained carbs.
Also, I found that the deaths were handled quite insensitively, and I refuse to believe that anyone would move on from a death of someone they know, about 5 minutes later.
The writing is not that bad, but I think it could have delved a bit deeper into the characters personalities, and the struggle that they are facing. The story kept moving too fast, and I sometimes struggled to keep up, and I think that if the story has focused more on the little details and not glossing over them. Even though the plot had promise, I think the delivery could have been greatly improved.
I rate this book 1.5/5
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