Instructions For The End of The World: A Novel

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Instructions For The End of The World: A Novel
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Release Date
December 08, 2015
ISBN
1250047862
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He prepared their family for every natural disaster known to man-except for the one that struck. When Nicole Reed's father forces her family to move to a remote area of the Sierra Foothills, one without any modern conveniences, it's too much too handle for her mother, who abandons them in the middle of the night. Heading out to track her down, Nicole's father leaves her in charge of taking care of the house and her younger sister, Izzy. For a while, Nicole is doing just fine running things on her own. But then the food begins to run out, the pipes crack, and forest fires start slowly inching their way closer every day. Wolf, a handsome boy from the neighboring community, offers to help her when she needs it most, but when she starts to develop feelings for him, feelings she knows she will never be allowed to act on once her father returns, she must make a decision. With her family falling apart, will she choose to continue preparing for tomorrow's disasters, or will she take a chance and really start living for today? Jamie Kain's Instructions for the End of the World is a gripping, young adult novel that explores family, friendship, and love in the midst of the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.

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Instructions for the End of the World
(Updated: January 10, 2016)
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3.3
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Characters 
 
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Writing Style 
 
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Nicole Reed's ex-military and survivalist father has uprooted her family to the middle of nowhere. He expects Nicole to be able to use all the tips of surviving the end of the world that he's taught her. Problem though is her mother totally loses it when she sees the dilapidated house which has none of the modern day conveniences she was used to. She leaves in the middle of the night and Nicole's father goes after her. He ends up leaving Nicole and her fourteen-year-old sister alone. Then a chance encounter with a boy from the nearby New Age spiritual retreat center has Nicole questioning most everything she was taught.

What worked: This is an intriguing glimpse into a survivalist's family. Readers are able to see behind closed doors how paranoia and conspiracy theories affect a family.

I really liked Nicole. She's someone who tries really hard to get approval of her father even when he pushes her beyond her limits. The strength of this story is when she encounters Wolf, the boy from Sadhana Village-the neighboring spiritual retreat center-who has her question everything she's been taught. Emotions arise whenever he's around. The feelings Nicole gets are foreign and something that would be highly frowned on by her overbearing father. I like how she doesn't just jump into a relationship but rather tries to make sense of it all.

Not only is Nicole's family totally dysfunctional but so is the relationship between Wolf and his addict mother. Wolf's mother is beautiful and she has no problems having people want to be around her. Problem is she's left Wolf alone in the village, more than a few times. He basically has been raised by others within the compound. The resentment he feels is very real and sad. It's hard to trust someone who has failed so many times in the past. Add to that his mother's current concern that he might be following in his dead father's footsteps comes too late to really matter to him.

Another plus was the stark contrasts between Nicole and Wolf's lives. The so-called spiritual center is more open with drug and alcohol use while Nicole and her sister are so used to being controlled by their overbearing father. So when their parents, including the controlling father, are gone? Nicole is more guarded about the new situation while Izzy is quicker to try out what once was forbidden--like being around boys. The author does a great job showing the temptations to not only question but walk away from the strict rules of their father.

One thing I did have issues with was how dysfunctional Nicole's family was. Her father left her and her younger sister alone in the middle of nowhere in a broken down house. His character felt one dimensional and abusive. The mother, even though she's a refugee of the Killing Fields, didn't come across as sympathetic at all. I could see why she might snap but it felt too abrupt. I wanted more of the reasons why behind the parents just up and leaving the teens behind. It felt too convenient without showing more of the reasons behind an impulsive idea.

Startling look into the lives of a survivalist family where the daughters are left behind to fend for themselves. Nicole's struggle to make sense out of what her father taught and the feelings she has when left alone are compelling at how real isolation can be. Mostly though this is a story of two teens that have to find the courage to stand up for themselves when others in their lives have failed them.

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