The lone survivors of “the whatever-it-was” are three teens already struggling through the trials of late adolescence. For Dev—who was once told that he has Asperger’s syndrome, an armchair diagnosis that Dev wholly owns—hell is other people, and their sudden absence feels like a miraculous deliverance. Lucy is pregnant, grieving her bestie, and out of options. Marcus is an all-American kid with a sinister secret life online.
Within this almost completely depopulated world, author David Sosnowski’s treatment of these self-styled outsiders provides Happy Doomsday with its singular charm. There are no zombies in this comically apocalyptic tale, just three flawed, striving, and—through Sosnowski’s masterful narrative voice—identifiable characters whose stories I will never forget.
Novels are, at their core, about empathy—encouraging us to feel for their characters and, ultimately, each other. And in this sense, Happy Doomsday is one of the most successful novels I’ve ever had the honor to work on. Oh, and don’t worry about false advertising: it’s no spoiler to say that Happy Doomsday has a very happy ending. I’ll be recommending this book for years to come, and I hope you will too.
- Jason Kirk, Editor