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An Etiquette Guide to the End Times: (An End Times Novella) [Kindle Edition]

Maia Sepp
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Book Description

There aren't any zombies (yet), but the world is still at the brink of destruction: It's 2028 and global warming has led to rising oceans, crazy weather, and resource scarcity. On top of that, someone just turned the Internet off. Seeing as how it's humanity's last chance to turn things around manners are, understandably, a bit frayed.

Bookish etiquette buff Olive O'Malley is busy microfarming her urban property and minding her own business (and her chickens) when the government comes calling. Their goal is to push the populace towards carbon-neutrality while keeping kvetching to a minimum, and they come with a proposal: transition Olive's popular etiquette column to a radio show for the masses, and they'll help Olive find her grandfather, who's gone missing.

Olive doesn't trust the hipster government officials who try to bribe her with delicious-but-probably-a-little-evil chocolate pastries, and declines their offer. (Politely, of course.) But they won't take no for an answer, and soon Olive is knee-deep in turmoil, eco-terrorism, and missing chickens. Now she has to untangle herself from their demands and figure out how to make sure her family (and her poultry) are safe before it's too late.
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Editorial Reviews


"A terrifying and hilarious look into what may be our not-so-distant future." TR Whittier, author of "The Buck Pass"
"Humorous and scary in a 'this could actually happen' sort of way"

"Great Read"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Not sure what to expect is it going to be a list of do & don't etiquette related lists or is it a dystopian/post apocalyptic short story/novella? From the blurb it seem's like it will be the latter.

This novella is set in a post apocalyptic future. The year is 2028 and the place is Toronto. Someone turned off the internet, and this novella shows how the people of 2028 have to cope with that. Only the "Core" have electric cars. the "Core" is the "government/ rulers".
People have had to go back to a more basic way of living. Energy saving by having solar panels, growing their own vegetables in their gardens. A bartering system is in place as money has lost it's value. People keep chickens in their back yards but to have them they have to have permits. Anyone found to have more than they had applied for and been grant permission for could and was confiscated.
The main character is Olive O'Malley, at the beginning of the novella she is up on her roof de-tangling and re-connecting wires to her solar panels that the racoons have chewed through! Olive hears a car pull onto her road which is highly unusual. After taking a curious gaze at the car she decides it must be people from the "Core" and that they have dropped by to confiscate her two extra illegal chickens.
When the people get out of the car, there are three of them. Two Me and a woman. It's the woman that speaks to Olive and tries to make an offer Olive cannot refuse. The "Core" want Olive to use her popular agony aunt style column to say good things about the "core". Olive will continue as she has been writing, they will check and perhaps edit/adjust what she has wrote prior to publishing. Olive's first instinct is a resounding NO!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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An Etiquette Guide To The End Times is set in 2028 Toronto, after global warming has brought life as it was formerly known to a slow halt. Olive O'Malley is a 33-year-old etiquette guide columnist doing her best to survive and guide others in the ways of etiquette as society adapts to a new way of life.

I found this novella a really interesting take on the end-times scenario. Maia Sepp wanted to write about what would happen if the apocalypse was slower and sneakier than a sudden zombie outbreak. She did a great job setting up a world in which global warming has led to massive changes in the way of life we currently take for granted. This is one of those books that, while written with humor, can also be taken as a serious warning. Some of the changes the government has instituted in Olive's world - like surveillance drones that fly overhead every day to make sure you don't have, say, more chickens than you have permits for - seem scarily possible, even predictive.

I appreciated the seeming incongruity between Sepp's tongue-in-cheek writing style and the Orwellian government of Olive's reality - Sepp took what could have been a very dark, heavy topic and made it lighthearted without trivializing it. Overall, I found this novella , which can be read in a single sitting, well-written and very much worth the read - it's both humorous and scary in a "this could actually happen" sort of way.

I received an ecopy of this novella for review purposes; all opinions are 100% my own.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! June 11, 2014
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My favorite Sepp-ian work yet! An Etiquette Guide to the End Times is a terrifying and hilarious look into what may be our not-so-distant future. With a plucky main character, a lovable Diabetic-Grandfather-In-Distress, and a "Core" of corporate bad-guys, this novella is sure to appeal to anyone interested in the preservation of our home planet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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In 'An Etiquette Guide to the End Times' we learn that just because the world is slowly unwinding and there is disruption and chaos, this is no time to lose our civility and manners.

It's 2028 and global warming has made Toronto a very warm place. There are food and water shortages and surviving is kind of a full time gig. Olive has an etiquette blog on the internet, except now there is not internet. On top of that, "friendly" government officials come knocking and bribing her with pastries. They want her to work for them and help spread the word that everything is great, when the evidence seems to be otherwise. If that's not enough, Olive's grandfather Fred has gone missing and she's going to have to go through some food bribery of her own to get him back.

I really loved this book. This is an apocalypse with no zombies, but lots of character. Olive's dilemmas and adventures are wry and intelligent. The clever title alone got me to read this and I'm so very glad I did.

I was given a review copy of this ebook by Maia Sepp and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me the chance to review such a delightful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dystopian Masterpiece July 17, 2014
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This book is definitely an original! The author has breathed completely new life into a well-explored genre with An Etiquette Guide to the End Times: A Novella. Besides being well-written and entertaining, I love the creativity behind it all as she mixes an end time/dystopian plot with etiquette. If you like the lighter side of apocalypse settings, you will LOVE this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, engaging, and a little bit scary
The light-hearted, down to earth tone of the narrator keeps this story fun and engaging, even as the plot tackles some difficult issues. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what it was exactly that I found so boring and awkward...
I never could get into this book. So disjointed to me. I did not find humor in it, but perhaps it isn't my type of humor. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by h lynn keith
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story reminding us of what it means to be a civil human being.
The world falling apart is not an excuse for forgetting your manners.
Published 1 month ago by Kristi Lammel-Schilling
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart. Funny. And quite scary in a way.
What a great surprise to discover someone like Maia Sepp. The novel is smart and funny, but it's also so meaningful and deep. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent apocalypse with a dash of character
Bought this on a whim; an hour later, found myself wanting more. I'm an editor and have read science fiction and fantasy for nearly 50 years, including a large dose of... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars quirky and fun
Short but tasty and unique. Just perfect for a weekend read. Makes you think about your reaction to the apocalypse, but not too hard.
Published 5 months ago by Cori Lynn Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars More.wonderful material from Mais Sepp
a magic story and wonderful writing, highly recommended. not to be missed. hurry and read it now! Look forward to more fantastic stories from this author...
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More About the Author

Maia Sepp is an author of quirky contemporary and dystopian fiction. She left the tech sector to write books about sock thievery, migraines, the future, and...the tech sector. Her latest, "Wake," is the prequel to the "End Times Series" and is a story about climate change, unruly appliances, and finding somewhere to belong. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

"The Sock Wars," an Amazon top-100 digital bestseller, is her first book. Maia's second novel is "The Migraine Mafia," a story about a nerdy thirtysomething's quest to come to terms with a chronic illness. Her third book, "An Etiquette Guide to the End Times," is a humorous near-future dystopian novella.

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