Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publication: November 10, 2020 by HarperTeen
Synopsis: If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do? This is the question that haunts Amina as she watches new and horrible stories of discord and crisis flash across the news every day. But when she starts at prestigious Gardner Academy, Amina finds a group of like-minded peers to join forces with—fast friends who dedicate their year to learning survival skills from each other, before it’s too late. Still, as their prepper knowledge multiplies, so do their regular high school problems, from relationship drama to family issues to friend blow-ups. Juggling the two parts of their lives forces Amina to ask another vital question: Is it worth living in the hypothetical future if it’s at the expense of your actual present?
The mention of The Breakfast Club is what sold me on this one right away. The title itself felt like the perfect read considering the current state of everything. I was expecting a sort of dystopian novel, and it definitely isn’t, but I think I like it better this way. It was a quick read that I found myself invested in from the start.
The main character, Amina, was relatable, which made it easy to connect with her. I loved Wyatt and Jo, but I had mixed feelings on Hunter and Chloe; they were tolerable at times and frustrating at others. I also liked Brianna, Amina’s roommate, but we didn’t see too much of her. The two get off on the wrong foot straight away, and though they do reconcile in the end, it felt forced and rushed.
I loved the friendship and romances the group formed over the course of the book. There was constant drama amongst the Eucalyptus group, and it was easy to get swept up in that. The chemistry between the characters, both platonically and romantically, felt natural and realistic. I did guess who would end up together in the beginning, but I’m fairly pleased with it either way.
Though there’s not much of a mystery other than the pranks, the idea is still present. It didn’t feel like the main focus of the book until the very end, but I often found myself trying to figure it out. The revelation was also pretty predictable, but I still enjoyed the ending.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via iRead Book Tours. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
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Michelle Falkoff is the author of Playlist for the Dead, Pushing Perfect, Questions I Want to Ask You, and How to Pack for the End of the World. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as director of communication and legal reasoning at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.