Demetra Brodsky's Last Girls is a twisting, suspenseful YA thriller about sisterhood, survival, and family secrets set in the world of doomsday prepping.
No one knows how the world will end.
On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.
Prepare for every situation.
But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:
Nowhere is safe.
"Honey Juniper and her two younger sisters, Birdie and Blue, live on a survivalist compound in rural Washington and are well prepared for TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It). Each girl is never without her EDC (Every Day Carry) bag full of essentials as they await the imminent apocalypse, and all know basic skills such as animal husbandry. But they also attend regular high school, Birdie has a secret boyfriend, and Honey keeps a diary in which she expresses her wish to be free of her mother and the compound. Brodsky wisely sets the present-tense narrative in Honey's wry, practical voice, filled with (explained) acronyms and plenty of action as the girls navigate the aftermath of gunshots at school. Handsome Remy and Honey are clearly fated to become an item, but the plot is also chock-full of surprises, the main ones being kidnapping and hidden identities. This curious but effective mix of mystery, romance, and strong, capable young women is a real page-turner and will send fans back to Brodsky's first novel, Dive Smack (2018)."
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"In this slow-boiling YA thriller, Brodsky (Dive Smack) immerses readers in the fraught lives of three sisters living in a doomsday survivalist commune and prepping for The End of the World as We Know It. Under the oppressive rule of an increasingly tyrannical group leader and the siblings' deceptive mother, oldest sister Honey does everything in her power to keep her sisters safe, while "weird" baby sister, Blue, spouts ominous predictions foretelling radical change, and middle sister Birdie falls into a heady first love that pitches the Juniper sisters into a fight for survival. From the first page, Brodsky's main characters are difficult and contradictory, yet also devoted and uncommonly courageous--sisters in every sense of the word. Despite a sluggish start, heavy-handed application of the survivalist concept, and unconvincing, at times overly mature dialogue, the story comes into its own as the conflict escalates and the twists pile up, leading to a conclusion that, while not surprising, is satisfying. For readers enduring an uncertain future, much of the Juniper sisters' perspective will feel relatable. Ages 13--up. Agent: Suzie Townsend and Devin Ross, New Leaf Literary. (May)"
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