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How to Pack for the End of the World Hardcover – November 10, 2020
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- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062680269
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062680266
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Publisher : HarperTeen (November 10, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How To Pack For The End Of The World
By: Michelle Falkoff
There is no literal end of the world or apocalypse happening in How To Pack For The End Of The World. The story throws Amina, a new scholarship student suffering from paranoia about the world ending, and a few other boarding school teens with a shared interest in prepping together, and as friends, they face the challenges of teenage life.
Dramatic in true teen fashion with no major surprises, Amina and friends create and enact situations that mimic possible apocalyptic scenarios to determine what the reality of such a situation might be like. Personally, I like this idea for real because it could be tailored to teach survival skills for apocalyptic possibilities. Let's be honest, we live under the constant threat of world ending and/or altering scenarios every single day. But, I digress.
The story strikes me as a sort of metaphorical ending of one stage of life for these teens, and as the hopeful seeds of adulthood are planted, each character must carry on into the unknown grownup world. It's not so different from starting over after the end of the world because it all involves taking chances, having faith in yourself and believing tomorrow will be a better day.
No zombies are present, and no life and death chases or contests are held. Amina grows into a young woman who recognizes the skillset necessary to survive and thrive on any given day is just as vital as prepper knowledge. For the most part, the story is one of character growth, self realization and acceptance of inevitable change. But, Amina knows she need not face the future alone.
How To Pack For The End Of The World is an insightful and clever, contemporary, young adult novel from Michelle Falkoff that works on many levels. It is appropriate for young adults and adults with an interest in dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. I highly recommend this thought provoking story!
Amina suffers from anxiety as she watches the news and observes the chaos throughout the world. Her way of dealing with it is by continually researching things that could help her cope in case of a disaster. In an effort to help their daughter, it is decided that she will attend Gardner Academy, a once prestigious boarding school, that is trying to regain society's trust.
This feels like more anxiety to Amina. However, early on she manages to meet four school mates who show up for a club meeting. A club that proves unique and perfect for Amina’s personality.
As for the reader. The new friends are sure to pull you further into the story. Jo is short on words, mysterious, and only wears black. Chloe is a popular blogger and social influencer, Hunter is into athletics, and Wyatt is the person responsible for starting the club. Each member is in charge of one meeting, which is composed of a survivalist-type game. And it is here that each character’s personality shows through.
The character development is quite interesting and I had a hard time putting the book down. It’s a story about growth, understanding, and friendships.
I sometimes had to question where the story was headed and why? And I still do. Though I felt it was more personal taste than the story running amuck.
What I Liked Best
I especially liked the choice of characters and watching their true personalities and concerns become exposed.
The story easily kept me interested and I found it unique. I rarely read a book twice, but this is one that I would consider doing just that.
My thanks to iReadBookTours and the author for a copy of this book. My review and rating are only my opinions, of which I was free to post.