Title: THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO THE APOCALYPSE
Author: Daphne Lamb
Published By: Booktrope Publishing
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Genre: New Adult Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
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.
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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The very first sentence in the book states: “The day of the apocalypse was a really bad day.” I actually snorted when I read this. What a great way to immediately set the tone of this book.
The main character describes herself so well that I decided not to change the description at all. “…me, Verdell Sonobe, born of the Eighties, recipient of absentee parenting but constant loving care from the TV, educated in the philosophy that if I wanted it then I probably deserved it … I was a data coordinator… an inconsequential job at a now inconsequential company. Regardless, it helped fulfill all I wanted in life, which was falling asleep to true crime shows. I was one of the few people achieving their dreams on a regular basis…”
Verdell goes on to explain how the apocalypse came about, but I do not want to spoil it for potential readers so I will leave out those details. Suffice it to say that author Daphne Lamb has come up with a truly unique apocalypse scenario. I love it!
This book is almost a spoof of all the other post-apocalyptic novels on the market.
Daphne Lamb has a biting wit that I enjoyed reading. She has captured the absurdity of human nature exceptionally well.
The story follows Verdell as she tries to not only survive the apocalypse, but also to find her place in the strange new world she finds herself in.
The copy I received was an ARC (Advance Review Copy) and did have some proofreading errors, but hopefully these will not exist in the final version of the book. For example, “Following him where several smaller figures, all women.” Obviously, “where” should have replaced with “were.”
Other examples are using the word “breath” instead of “breathe” or “regiment” instead of “regimen”. Due to the typos and proofreading errors, I have to reduce my rating from 5 to 4 stars.
“He sort of reminded me of a clean-cut hobbit in Gap chinos, trying to test the waters of any infatuation that might be there. I tried to imagine him petting a puppy to enhance his appeal, then immediately felt bad for the puppy.”
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