Milo and Marcos at the End of the World

Milo and Marcos at the End of the World
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May 24, 2022
As natural disasters begin to befall them the closer they become, Milo and Marcos soon begin to wonder if the universe itself is plotting against them in this young adult debut by the playwright and creator of The Two Princes podcast, Kevin Christopher Snipes. 
Milo Connolly has managed to survive most of high school without any major disasters, so by his calculations, he’s well past due for some sort of Epic Teenage Catastrophe. Even so, all he wants his senior year is to fly under the radar.

Everything is going exactly as planned until the dreamy and charismatic Marcos Price saunters back into his life after a three-year absence and turns his world upside down. Suddenly Milo is forced to confront the long-buried feelings that he’s kept hidden not only from himself but also from his deeply religious parents and community.

To make matters worse, strange things have been happening around his sleepy Florida town ever since Marcos’s return—sinkholes, blackouts, hailstorms. Mother Nature is out of control, and the closer Milo and Marcos get, the more disasters seem to befall them. In fact, as more and more bizarre occurrences pile up, Milo and Marcos find themselves faced with the unthinkable: Is there a larger, unseen force at play, trying to keep them apart? And if so, is their love worth risking the end of the world?

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A big thanks to YA Book Central for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I was done with the dystopian side of YA, but this book proves that I might need to read a little more of that genre. As long as it features queer characters, and a light-hearted tone despite everything going possibly wrong.

Milo and Marcos at the End of the World by Kevin Christopher Snipes is a YA queer dystopian novel that follows the much anxious lives of Milo and Marcos. As they try to deny their feelings for the other, while facing the fact that the very world they inhabit is ending. No big deal, right?

Going into this book, I was hesitant about the whole end of the world part, as I had been staying away from dystopian books (as we're practically living through one now). Yet this book changed the genre for me. I absolutely loved how the author was able to create a great juxtaposition between the "End of the World" plot and the love story of Milo and Marcos. Snipes expertly wove something doom and gloom with lighthearted and fun. Which I've seen other authors attempt and ultimately fail at.

Overall, I think I would have wanted a little more on the whole 'end of the world' bit. At times, it felt a bit lacking. In the sense that I didn't quite understand what was going on. Or why it was all happening. Even though the cuteness of Milo and Marcos kind of helped gloss over that.

In the end, I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Some parts I didn't quite like, while others I absolutely loved. If you're in the mood for something queer and feel like falling into a fictious 'end of the world' scenario, give this book a try.
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