May 082013
 
Review: Etiquette for an ApocalypseEtiquette for an Apocalypse by Anne Mendel
Published by Bracket Press on Apr 22, 2012
Genres: Adult, Post Apocalyptic
Format: ARC from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

It’s the 2020 Apocalypse and Sophie Cohen, former social worker turned neighborly drug dealer, must keep her family alive amid those pesky end of the world issues: starvation, earthquakes, plagues, gang violence and alas more starvation.She investigates a serial killing and takes down the sinister emerging power structure while learning to use a pizza box solar oven, bond with her chickens and blast tin cans from the perimeter fence with a Ruger 9MM.

In order to accomplish all this she must find a way to love her mother, accept her daughter’s adulthood and reignite her moribund marriage.

She might discover that a decentralized, consensus driven life—without fossil fuels, iPhones and chocolate éclairs—isn’t the end of the world, after all.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I wanted to like this book. It sounded like a funny take on a post apocalypse story. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations.

The story seemed disjointed and awkward in the beginning. It did not help that the writing jumped from around between standard novel format, to a play format. This change was distracting and didn’t lend anything to the story.

Sophie was an unlikely heroine. A self-doubting, middle-aged woman who is now a drug dealer, Sophie is a hard woman to understand and like. She seems very self-absorbed, with little respect for either her mother, or daughter, or husband. Her obsession with food made me constantly hungry while reading.

Overall, this was a gritty end-of-the-world story that doesn’t deliver much hope. It is dark and tries too hard to be funny. I was left with an overall bleh impression.

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