Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: August 11th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic
Book Summary (Goodreads):
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.
What a charming, witty read! It reminded me a lot like the movie Shaun of the Dead, if you enjoy Shaun of the Dead, then I’m more than positive you will enjoy this book. It’s basically about the end of the world happening, people dying, and people that are either clueless to the situation, or just don’t really care and are too worried about every day stuff… and while they worry about those minuscule things, people are trying to kill other people. For instance, over Cheetos! Which is pretty comical!
The story follows Verdell Sonobe, a data coordinator that works for Mitchellwide Industries. Shes stuck in her office building for weeks once the virus hits. Those that are infected are placed in the stairwell. Meanwhile people are killing people over Cheetos. She also has a boyfriend, Bruce, whom she has been meaning to break up with for a long time, but she’s separated from Bruce at first. They are reunited once the people alive from the building are rescued and taken to safety. She finds out then that Bruce was just on a different floor the entire time she’s been stuck in her office building. While at safety people are sorted by different colors, and one of the groups happen to be where the celebrities are. Verdell and Bruce manage to bribe a guard into putting them in the celebrity group. Again, as the story progresses everyone just seems a little detached from what’s actually happening. Eventually Verdell and her comrades are having to fight off all kinds of crazy people. Cannibals, gangs, cults… and the list goes on. It’s an adventure for sure!
The commentary in the book is witty and clever and sometimes you just can’t help but smile or laugh at these people as the world falls apart around them, and some of them just seem so clueless. Verdell is a very delightful character, and I loved her interactions with the others in the book. This book is purely for entertainment and to make you chuckle. It’s funny, charming, and full of adventure at every turn. If you enjoy stories like Shaun of the Dead, that sort of dry humor (I call it the British humor, which I love!) then this book is definitely for you!
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.
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