About the book
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.
Sometimes a book has so much potential that when it fails to live up to it, people get bent out of shape. With The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse, you’re not going to get the next Man Booker prize winner, but what you do get is something that’s fun to read in the short amount of time it takes to do so. Written in a episodic fashion, the book lacks cohesiveness that most readers crave, and at times I was wildly confused. But isn’t that most likely the way everyone will be if the world goes to crap? The atmosphere is certainly realistic, even if the outlandish interpersonal situations seem completely over the top. While I didn’t quite find myself able to relate to any particular person in the story, I certainly could relate to the mind numbing monotony of office work in general, and the horrible thought of actually being stuck anywhere near a cubicle during the apocalypse. No thanks. I was reminded of Idiocracy, with the lunatics and idiots running rampant and absolutely no one seeming to know what should happen, or really doing much of anything most of the time. I would have liked to have more of a plot to follow, and more emotional complexity would have really increased my enjoyment of the book. With some more time and a good editor, this could be a new favorite read. 3 stars for this free arc review copy.
About the author
Daphne Lamb was raised in the wilds of Colorado and now resides in a very different wilderness known as Los Angeles. She is a comedian and award winning writer who has worked in television, film and video games. In her spare time, she enjoys collecting comic books, discussing awesomely bad movies and thinks about what it would be like to own a cat.