Things To Do Before The End Of The World
Author: Emily Barr
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: May 13th 2021
Hello everyone! Is it just me or is this week going incredibly slow for anyone else? I’ve had a very busy, not so good day at work today so it’s a bit of a late review from me today. I’m just really looking forward to the weekend so I can sit and read.
Thank you to The Write Reads and Penguin for a copy of Things To Do Before The End Of The World and I spot on the blog tour!
One minute you’re walking in the park, hiding from a party. Then you discover that the next nine months will probably be your last. Everyone’s last. You realise that you happen to be alive at the time when your species becomes extinct.
You have to decide whether to go with it meekly like you usually do, or to do something brave, to live your last months with all the energy and bravery you can muster, to rage against the dying of the light.
Olivia struggles to live her real life as fully as she wants to. She plans out conversations and events in her head but actually doing them and interacting with other people is hard. When the news breaks that humans have done such damage to the earth that there’s only nine months of safe air left everybody makes bucket lists and starts living their best lives – everyone, that is, but Olivia who is still struggling to figure out who she wants to be.
Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know exsisted. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. And as the girls meet up for their last summer on earth Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having a effect on her. But what if Natasha isn’t everything she first appears to be . . . ?
I went into this book really excited thinking it was going to be this epic end of the world thriller. It didn’t take me long to realise that this book isn’t really that and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. However! I kept on reading because I was intrigued to find out that even though the world is ending, it still seemed normal. It was very interesting and different to see the months leading up to the end of the world and how everyone reacts to it.
Things To Do Before The End Of The World follows shy and socially awkward Libby through her last few months on earth. She desperately wants to fit in and be more confident so she can get the girl she’s always wanted. The beginning started off a bit slow for me as it is centred around Libby and her crush Zoe when I expected more dramatic end of the world situations. Yet, when she gets some news that her Dad’s brother has passed away and she has a long-distance cousin called Natasha, it starts to get more interesting!
It really started to pick up for me about halfway through and I am so happy that I stuck with it. Once Libby, her mum and her stepdad go on holiday to Spain to make the most of the ‘end times’. She finally meets Natasha after many months of emailing. I didn’t know what to think much of her character at first but I ended up loving her confidence and this connection she had to magic and the spirit realm. She is definitely unique and I was surprised by how suspicious and eerie she got so quickly. This is what made me really enjoy the book and read on. I had to find out what she knew and how she knew certain things.
Overall, to say I had a rocky start with it, I flew through this book. The writing style was really good, easy to follow and once I got over the fact the story isn’t really about the end of the world I really enjoyed it. Libby and Natasha really captivated me into the story and It was hard not to read when all the secrets started to come out!
About the Author
I started out working as a journalist in London, but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. I managed, somehow, to get commissioned to go travelling for a year, and came home with the beginnings of a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, a thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, and I have since written eleven more novels for adults, one novella, and three book for Young Adults, published in the UK and around the world. I live in Cornwall with my husband Craig and our children.
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