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

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"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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The End Times Series:
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An Etiquette Guide to the End Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 2764 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502779900
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maia Sepp is an author of quirky contemporary and Apocalyptic 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 has just been released 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 Apocalyptic novella.

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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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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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Is cosy apocalypse fiction a thing?

Maia Sepp's An Etiquette Guide to the End Times, proves that it should be. In her delicious little morsel of a novella, Sepp let's us peer into the world of Olive a meek but never mild Etiquette columnist who's biggest concerns entail looking after her chickens, locating her lost Uncle Fred, and trying to avoid the coming end-times. Until the Government gets involved. Then her concerns rise like a souffle coming out of the oven.

An Etiquette Guide to the End Times, is delightfully flavored with generous helpings of memorable characters, from Olive to her PR friend, to the sailors to the creepy government officials. All of them feel genuine, warm and likeable. With the exception of the creepy government officials of course. But even more delicious than the characters is the setting. Sepp creates a world that feels just as mundane as our own, with only one difference it's ending. It's entirely believable, and quietly and hilariously terrifying.

This flavor profile of terror, humor and an intimate family drama is really unique and executed almost perfectly. Sepp makes you care and makes you believe, and the most magical part about it, is that she does all this without making the stakes Save-the-world, but instead save-the-chickens. And somehow this makes the whole narrative all the more poignant and dramatic.

I'd encourage everyone to give this a try. It may not be edge of your seat, but it doesn't have to be. Because when you're sitting down to eat a story-telling meal this tasty, why would you ever want to get up?
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The light-hearted, down to earth tone of the narrator keeps this story fun and engaging, even as the plot tackles some difficult issues. The story is set in a near term almost apocalypse- we've ignored global warming too long, and now are living with the consequences, which range from the inconvenient (it is now pretty darn hot in Toronto) to the almost inconceivable (the breakdown of the communication infrastructure). Canadian society is wobbling on the edge of totalitarianism, and one young woman who just wanted to go about her life is forced to make some difficult decisions when the central city government wants her to turn her popular etiquette column in to a state-sponsored radio show.
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