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Instructions for the End of the World: A Novel Hardcover – December 8, 2015
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"[Nicole's] struggle to reconcile her upbringing with the increasingly apparent costs of isolation is genuine and compelling." ―The Horn Book Magazine
"Told in first-person accounts, Kain nimbly weaves together contrasts in personality and philosophy. Her insight extends beyond respect for her maturing characters to her readers, who will find themselves deeply empathizing with the Reeds during their transformative summer." ―Booklist
About the Author
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250047861
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Product dimensions : 5.79 x 0.89 x 8.51 inches
- Reading level : 13 - 18 years
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition (December 8, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,070,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bravo to the author for a well done story!
There is one good thing that I can say about the book, and that is that the central characters were extremely well-developed. There is quite a bit of back-story combined with the details of their current circumstances. Had it been limited to the three of them, the book may have turned out very differently. Unfortunately, there were way too many minor characters. Only a few could have been briefly mentioned and it not changed the story at all. It is told through four alternating points of view, and one of them is completely unnecessary to anything. It was an annoyance to even waste time with her sections.
The main storyline was a good idea in theory, but there were at least three other subplots that made the flow virtually non-existent. While I understand that not every story can have a resolution, some of these were completely dropped or finished in a rush. Some of them contained important and heavy themes, so it seems all the more important to either give them the respect and time they deserve or just leave them out completely.
I can’t recommend “Instructions for the End of the World” to anyone. It was too frustrating and disjointed to be enjoyable. The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is for character development.
This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Which brings me to the reason behind the "okay" rating: that was a *lot* of points of view.
Don't get me wrong: the writing was good. Nothing ever gave me pause--I didn't have to stop and say, "Wait, who is this right now?", or anything like that. Still, it just wasn't executed in a way that I enjoyed it. I think a lot of times, when you have that many POVs, you want to feel, at the end, that it was all worth it. And because this was a more quiet book, with the main issues being internal (yes, there were social conflicts, but most of the time, in the writing, you were in their heads), the build up didn't all mesh together, in the end. Not to mention the fact that the blurb kind of gives you the idea that it's this huge thing and not, like I said, a more quiet storyline.
As for the characters, Wolf and Nicole were my favorites. You *do* see character growth in most of the main characters as the book progresses, so that is nice. And, like I said, the writing was enjoyable. I guess ultimately, this book is just one of those things that probably wasn't for me. Will I read another Jamie Kain book, though? Definitely.**
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
**This book has a scene with forced sexual situation and underage drinking. For this reason, I say it is better for upper YA readers.