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Published by Booktrope Editions on August 11th 2015
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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 reminds me of Six of One and Seven Will Out, that I read and reviewed recently. I don’t really “get” most humor – I make jokes all the time, don’t get me wrong, but most things marketed as funny I don’t find funny, and please don’t make me sit through a comedy movie because I won’t – they just aren’t funny and usually make me hurl.
I struggled a bit with the other two books I read, because I could tell it was supposed to be funny, and I could see the humor in the jokes, but eh. The humor fell short. I liked/enjoyed the books for other reasons, but the jokes… eh.
This one is a bit different.
It’s a spoof on the apocalypse, and other than some minor editing issues, it’s well done / well written for the most part (there’s some missed periods, commas, and a few places where the you’re and your’s got mixed up). There were a few inconsistencies with the plot that bothered me though (for example she keeps talking about having to go to the bathroom, and then she goes, and then the very next page she’s complaining about how it had been hours since she had gone to the bathroom when it was very obvious it only a few minutes had passed). The characters are extremely one dimensional – which I actually liked, and to me, really worked in the book. I wish the main character, Verdell, was a little more likable. I get that she’s supposed to be an idiot/childish/selfish/self-absorbed/etc., but really? Losing two people she cares about at least a little in the blink of an eye and not one tear shed? Not a moment spent on “man, that sucks”? Nothing? REALLY?
The humor didn’t really crack me up, but I did at least smile in a few places and wanted to laugh out loud a couple of times. The bathroom humor got really, really old – we get it, it sucks to use the bathroom in the apocalypse.
There’s a few plot holes that also bugged me – the Apocalypse is never defined, but you are left with the feeling that a virus is what is killing everyone, but you never actually see any sick people and they are only mentioned a few times. And then randomly at the end of the book, a character mentions seeing a mushroom shaped cloud. What the hell?
All in all, though, I really did enjoy this one. The characters are so bad, you have to keep reading, and the crap that happens to Verdell makes you want to find out how the idiot gets out of this one. The author might’ve left the ending open to a part two, and I have to admit, I would definitely read the next book in the series if that happens, and I liked the book enough that I wouldn’t mind reading another one of Lamb’s books.
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