After The Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson and Why It’s My Favourite Apocalypse Book

Hello Fellow Readerholics,

Sometime last year I was scouring the shelves of my school library in desperate need for new materials when my eye caught something I hadn’t seen before. This book. I picked it up and admired the pretty cover while wondering what on earth it could be about. When it was revealed to be about the apocalypse I was surprised to say the least. I think I’m beginning to like surprises…

After The Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson follows 17 year old Pru Palmer she lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe and their father, Rick. The Palmer’s are doomsday preppers. They know how to tie any knot and navigate from the stars, they have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a years supply of water. One day while Rick is at the mine, the lights go out across the town. All communication is cut and no one knows why. It doesn’t take long for their lives to unravel, people in town are starving and the bunker remains a secret. The world has changed and so have the rules. What are they to do in a world where survival is everything and family comes first?

After The Lights Go Out is certainly not your typical apocalypse book. We are so used to reading about our heroes navigating a world in which they must survive with no previous idea on how to do it. I found it refreshing that the characters in this novel were given a manual. I really enjoyed the perspective of someone who knew exactly what needed to be done in regards to the situations presented in the novel. I sometimes struggle reading other books when the main character has no idea on how to survive. That doesn’t mean that these characters don’t develop though. The main basis of this novel is the apocalypse but I also believe that our morals come into play very often. Pru is often left stumbling around in order to find a balance between what is safe and what is right. It’s a balance that isn’t easy to find when facing possible death.

I also greatly enjoyed the emotional aspect of this novel. I laughed, I cried and I certainly cringed (peanuts, anyone?) while reading the novel. I enjoyed facing the daily dilemmas of the characters whether they be completely unrealistic or fairly relatable. It brought an excellent sense of normalcy to the somewhat bizarre situation. I also really loved the relationships between the characters. Although the relationships were somewhat flawed they were definitely real and relatable to many.

I think that anyone who hasn’t read After The Lights Go Out is definitely missing something! I can’t wait for it to appear in the Inky Awards!

Remember to comment your thoughts on this wonderful book.

Xoxo,

Your Favourite Bookworm

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Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein and What Made It My Favourite Book of 2018

Hello Fellow Readerholics,

Sometime last year I was browsing through Dymocks. I was bored and in need for a book to read, I picked up the first book I laid eyes on and it changed my life forever.

I will not be including spoilers in this review, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the book yet :). 

‘Small Spaces’ by Sarah Epstein, follows 17 year old Tash Carmody as she struggles through her life as someone who experienced a traumatised childhood. Her trauma is the result of her witnessing her disturbing imaginary friend lure her classmate, Mallory Fisher, from a carnival. Nobody believed her story and she has since come to accept the fact that what she witnessed just wasn’t real. Years later, she is forced to relive her trauma when Mallory moves back into town. As a disturbing realisation hits, Tash must ask herself if what she witnessed was in fact real or if it was all in her head.

When I first read Small Spaces, I was instantly enthralled in the world and somewhat disturbing mindset of Tash Carmody. The novel was incredibly gripping and emotional in a way I haven’t seen in other books. The way Epstein tells the story is daunting yet incredibly respectful to those suffering with mental illness. The novel is incredibly raw and honest in all aspects without romanticising the protagonist’s struggle. 

This novel has stuck with me like no other and has left me utterly invested and thirsty for more. I suggest that everybody gives this book a go as I fell in love with it five pages in.

Thank you to anyone who reads this, please feel free to comment any thoughts on the book and leave suggestions for more reviews in the comments as well!

Xoxo,
Your Favourite Bookworm 🙂

I Really Enjoyed ‘Imposters’ by Scott Westerfield, You Might Too

Hello Fellow Readerholics,

Very recently, I purchased Imposters by Scott Westerfield. Today, I finished it. Here are my thoughts on the novel.

In ‘Imposters’, Scott Westerfield returns to the Uglies world, a series of four seperate books. You don’t need to read it to understand the book but it will certainly help you understand the references made in the novel.

‘Impostors’ follows Frey, a girl who was raised to take a bullet since the age of seven. Now seventeen, she is the trained body double for the first daughter of Shreve, her twin sister. Her most guarded secret is her own existence.  When their father sends Frey in place of her sister as collateral in a precarious deal she must become the perfect ~imposter~, as poised and as elegant as her sister.

As Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader gets closer to Frey he begins to spot the killer inside. As the deal falls apart, Frey must decide whether or not she can trust Col with the truth. In a life built of lies, can she trust anyone?

When I read this novel I was delighted to find that the book is surprisingly relatable, given that it’s set some hundred years into the future. I greatly enjoyed the plot and I thought the creativity was ingenious. Westerfield’s depiction of the future is somewhat bright and is starkly different from the world we know now. I was extremely impressed at how easily I was immersed in the novel given how different it is from my own life. I often felt guilt at having to internally hide Frey’s secret, in fear that I would somehow reveal it. This book excellently depicts the foundations we build in relationships and the trust we need in order to secure the foundation. It also greatly disproves that ‘blood is thicker than water’ when inspecting her familial bonds. I deeply respected the love she has for her sister and her urge to protect her at all costs.

I really loved this book and found great happiness in the world it transported me to. Feel free to comment your thoughts on the book for those who have read it.

Xoxo,

Your Favourite Bookworm 🙂