Happy Doomsday
The end of the world is the weirdest time to come of age.Welcome to the end of the world. One minute, people are going about their lives, and the next—not. In the wake of the inexplicable purge, only a handful of young misfits remains.When it all went down, “Wizard of Odd” Dev Brinkman was seeking shelter from the taunts of his classmates. Goth girl Lucy Abernathy had lost her best friend and had no clue where to turn. And Twinkie-loving quarterback “Marcus” Haddad was learning why you never discuss politics and religion in polite company—or online.As if life when you’re sixteen isn’t confusing enough, throw in the challenges of postapocalyptic subsistence, a case of survivor’s guilt turned up to seven billion, and the small task of rebuilding humankind…No one said doomsday would be a breeze. But for Dev, Lucy, and Marcus, the greatest hope—and greatest threat—will come when they find each other.

Happy Doomsday Details

TitleHappy Doomsday
Author
ReleaseAug 1st, 2018
Publisher47North
ISBN-139781503901308
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult

Happy Doomsday Review

  • Georgia Moreau
    January 1, 1970
    Not what I hopedI couldn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped from the blurb. The character Dev was the bright spot for me, and his storyline pushed me to actually finish the book instead of abandoning it, as I was tempted to do. I could really have done without the continual snide remarks by the author about Republicans, pro-life adherents (the phrase "clump of cells" was used multiple times), belief in God, etc. Oh! And the cause of Doomsday was never explained; perhaps a certain orange-face Not what I hopedI couldn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped from the blurb. The character Dev was the bright spot for me, and his storyline pushed me to actually finish the book instead of abandoning it, as I was tempted to do. I could really have done without the continual snide remarks by the author about Republicans, pro-life adherents (the phrase "clump of cells" was used multiple times), belief in God, etc. Oh! And the cause of Doomsday was never explained; perhaps a certain orange-faced person in power hit the wrong button instead of his Tweet ( those are the types of non-subtle phrases used by the author). If those things don't bother you, adjust my rating up a star. It's just not how I like my leisure reading.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the character development but there were too many graphic descriptions of dead bodies and animal abuse. The plot intrigued me but ended up stagnant without answering any questions. Other reviewers weren't happy with the political mentions, but there really were only a few, didn't bother me at all. Seems people can't handle reading opinions that don't match up with their own.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Not your typical post-apocalyptic YA. I really enjoyed that the author dealt with issues that generally get overlooked in the mainstream "zombie-type" stories. What happens to all of the pets? The animals in zoos and pet stores? Farm animals? What about the smell of dead people? I felt like the author wasn't afraid to get dirty, and I really appreciated that. The characters were well-defined, the world building was thoughtful, and the premise was unique within this genre. Very entertaining.
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    Finally, a post-apocalyptic tale that does not follow a worn out story line and has a unique and diverse cast!This is a very character driven story, IMO. It is told from the points of view of three high school students who survive the sudden and mysterious end of the world as we know it. The main character is Dev, who has Asperger's. As the parent of kids with autism spectrum disorders, I really appreciated an autistic main character. Also, the way the author took us into Dev's world, inside his Finally, a post-apocalyptic tale that does not follow a worn out story line and has a unique and diverse cast!This is a very character driven story, IMO. It is told from the points of view of three high school students who survive the sudden and mysterious end of the world as we know it. The main character is Dev, who has Asperger's. As the parent of kids with autism spectrum disorders, I really appreciated an autistic main character. Also, the way the author took us into Dev's world, inside his head, and let us experience things from his POV was refreshing. I actually learned some things I didn't know, and went to read more about them after reading this book. Also, it's nice to see a character with autism NOT being portrayed as creepy, weird, violent or dangerous. Secondary characters Lucy and Marcus, each troubled in their own ways, had both found themselves in difficult situations and were seeking extreme solutions, when the sudden end of the world derails their plans. There is a lot of backstory on all three characters, so the story is a slow burn, but I found it all so well written that it sucked me right in and I wasn't bored a single minute. Fair warning, if irreverence regarding political and religious issues or reading about the plights of once domesticated animals who suddenly have no one to care for them will be upsetting to you, then this may not be the book for you. It's important to keep in mind when reading this that it is being told through the eyes of teenagers who have been brought up in a confusing world during turbulent political times, so they look upon things from varied perspectives. All in all this was a fantastic read and I would definitely recommend it.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    So....this book just wasn’t what I expected. From the blurb, I expected it to be a comedy of sorts. A dark comedy - sure, but a comedy. I expected it to be way more YA then it was. I wouldn’t classify this one as YA at all. Instead this was a dark, disturbing, detailed, and probably realistic book about an end of the world-type apocalypse. I’m going to fully own this about myself and say I just shouldn’t have read this book. These kinds of books scare me. They give me nightmares. And I don’t lik So....this book just wasn’t what I expected. From the blurb, I expected it to be a comedy of sorts. A dark comedy - sure, but a comedy. I expected it to be way more YA then it was. I wouldn’t classify this one as YA at all. Instead this was a dark, disturbing, detailed, and probably realistic book about an end of the world-type apocalypse. I’m going to fully own this about myself and say I just shouldn’t have read this book. These kinds of books scare me. They give me nightmares. And I don’t like them. And so knowing that, this review maybe isn’t fair. But even so, I’ve read a fair amount of these books and this was had the potential to be quite interesting. Except. Except there was too much about animals. Pets. And what happened to them. And I just couldn’t stomach it. I mean...what would happen to my beloved cats if the world ended and I never came home? So - realistic probably - but too, too, too much for me. I almost feel like there needs to be some kind of warning about the chapters and chapters of animals and the apocalypse. I absolutely wouldn’t have even tried to read this book if I had know. That said, the writing in this book was really fantastic. It was witty and clever and there were moments that I could really just revel in a phrase and think - wow! that was really, really well writing. So I WOULD read something else by this author. This one though, I can’t recommend.
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  • S
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely worth a readI have always been a fan of the post apocalyptic genre, and this qualifies as a solid addition. The characters and the plot line differ ever so slightly from the traditional arc, making for an enjoyable read.
  • Bob
    January 1, 1970
    An ice cream truck, really?
  • Sameer
    January 1, 1970
    Fairly heavy handed, tried too hard to be topical / reflect the present. Entertaining (pulp fiction) read, but practically fetishizes gore
  • Emilie Vangilder
    January 1, 1970
    Not a YA book, but about three teens in post apocalyptic America. Funny and grim, central character on Asperger spectrum. No explanation for EOC, but well told story for first 3/4 though it dragged in a few places, but seemed rushed after that. The POV from Dev was very well imagined, but somewhat less so from the other two teens. Probably a realistic telling of how suicidal teens would react in these circumstances. One of the better reads from kindle first. (August selection)
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  • Travis
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say, this book was very funny. It's not like it was meant to be funny (well, maybe it was, what with all the references to various pop culture items), but I found myself laughing out loud many many times when reading this book. So, yes, as serious as the topic seems to be (I mean, really, the end of the world is about as severe a topic as you can get, but darnit, this one's just too funny.Very enjoyable, regardless of the topic. Great read.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    DNFA book that had the potential to be a delightful story, particularly with one of the main (and most interesting) characters being on the spectrum, but unfortunately the whole thing was ruined by political garbage.I don't care if you're left or right, if I wanted to hear about politics I'd watch the news. I read books to get away from all this political drama, not invite more of it into my life.
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  • Glen Stanford
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, but two goofsI don't mind the unlikely premise; in fact it was pretty creative. But there were two ridiculously low possibility (and lazy) plot items along the way that just ticked me off. If you like creative verbing and Trump dumping you might give it another star.
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  • Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This one's a little hard for me. It was good but at times it was also tedious. There's just so much explanation about how Dev thinks and why he does what he does that it just drags in places. And then we get to the chapters about all the pets left behind and their fate and it was just depressing. Things start to pick up near the end. This is definitely a character driven plot and I really liked the open ending.
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  • Shelly Pfeiffer
    January 1, 1970
    Great read!I loved the authors take on apocalypse. The things that happened that I haven’t seen mentioned in other apocalyptic books was a great touch. Seemed very accurate, but still entertaining!
  • Mary-Fran Connelly
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't Want It To EndI just hope there will be a second book with Dev, Lucy, and OK. They are so real to me.
  • Jessica Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed it but the ending was a bit too open for me.
  • B.
    January 1, 1970
    I'm normally one for a good apocalypse. This one especially captured my eye with the pink cover and smiley ball. However, my interest in it died around roughly the same time as 99% of the population. The idea of the story was definitely interesting. Having an apocalypse where almost everyone drops dead one day for some unexplained reason definitely brought up some interesting questions like, What would happen to all the decomposing bodies just lying around? (Disgusting smells, parasites, and a s I'm normally one for a good apocalypse. This one especially captured my eye with the pink cover and smiley ball. However, my interest in it died around roughly the same time as 99% of the population. The idea of the story was definitely interesting. Having an apocalypse where almost everyone drops dead one day for some unexplained reason definitely brought up some interesting questions like, What would happen to all the decomposing bodies just lying around? (Disgusting smells, parasites, and a swarm of rats and pigs, apparently) and What would happen to all the animals trapped in homes or in zoos? (Death. Lots and lots of death. In fact, that was pretty much the entirety of the story.)At first, I really liked the characters. Dev the boy with Asperger's, Lucy the Southern goth, and Marcus the popular almost-terrorist. Not your usual run-of-the-mill characters. (Especially in the apocalypse where you expect super buff sharp shooters...or those Walking Dead people at least.) But, they felt very underdeveloped and wishy-washy. One moment Dev is locking a dog in an office to eat a hated principal, but later he finds a neighbor eaten by her dog and is furious. Also, Lucy is desperate to terminate an unwanted pregnancy only to turn around and want to get pregnant so badly that she resorts to reproductive coercion. (Hypocritical with a hint of unhealthy relationship! Did Stephanie Meyers help write this?) And even Marcus... At first I thought it was interesting to show the perspective of someone who is convinced by strangers on the internet to commit a suicide bombing, but it all just seemed...easy. (Because Muslims are the only ones to commit mass murder, right?)In fact, a lot of the story just seemed too easy. Other survivors? Nope, dead. Animal friends? Dead, too. One autistic boy moving hundreds of corpses? Sure, why not? It was like doom was always looming for the characters, but never really struck. (And when it did, it was so...non-apocalypse-y.)It was also one of those stories that implies world-wide catastrophe, but is then reduced to concerns about the U.S. There is never any mention of searching even Canada for survivors. (I mean, sure, who wants to go to Canada in the winter? But why not find a boat and sail to the Bahamas? Live on the beach for goodness sake!)As far as the writing, there were places where it felt like it didn't flow. I would have to stop and reread a sentence two or three times to figure out what it was trying to say. The author also kept using the word "re". I thought it was a typo at first since it is not normally used in common writing, but there it was again...and again...and again. Sadly, I was really disappointed in this one. But, if you like loads of death - especially animal death - this might be the book for you. (No seriously, it's a crap ton of death. Don't eat while reading this...fair warning.)
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  • Susan Swiderski
    January 1, 1970
    This was my Kindle first choice, and it was a good one. Not as fast-reading as most books, but it kept me turning the pages.The depiction of a post-apocalyptic world seems more realistic than some, in that it deals with the stench from all those dead bodies, the abandoned pets who survived the "whatever it was," and the wild animals run amok. Some of the graphic descriptions might bother some readers, and some might not like the way the left-behind pets are handled. The story focuses on three te This was my Kindle first choice, and it was a good one. Not as fast-reading as most books, but it kept me turning the pages.The depiction of a post-apocalyptic world seems more realistic than some, in that it deals with the stench from all those dead bodies, the abandoned pets who survived the "whatever it was," and the wild animals run amok. Some of the graphic descriptions might bother some readers, and some might not like the way the left-behind pets are handled. The story focuses on three teenagers, one of whom has Asperger's syndrome. How these three survive handle the end of the world as they know it, first separately, and then together, is the gist of the story. Overall, the writing in this book is stellar. I don't know that weaving comments about current politicians was a particularly good idea, though. Regardless of one's political leanings, the time will come when readers won't have a clue about the references, which limits the book's effective longevity. I did NOT like the open ending or the fact that the "whatever it was" that killed so many people is never explained. We're just supposed to accept that this "thing" happened out of the blue and that these three teenagers survived. Overall, a bizarre and enjoyable read. Three and a half stars, rounded up to four.
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  • Charles Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Not your average "Last Man On Earth" story.I'm a big fan of survival stories. In my opinion, most suffer from a common failing; that being the fallacy of a handful, or worse yet, two people preserving the existence of the human race. Likely, the smallest possible genetic bottleneck that our species could survive is one hundred breeding pairs of people. Furthermore, all of this hypothetical group of survivors must be in close enough proximity to one another that their children can easily meet and Not your average "Last Man On Earth" story.I'm a big fan of survival stories. In my opinion, most suffer from a common failing; that being the fallacy of a handful, or worse yet, two people preserving the existence of the human race. Likely, the smallest possible genetic bottleneck that our species could survive is one hundred breeding pairs of people. Furthermore, all of this hypothetical group of survivors must be in close enough proximity to one another that their children can easily meet and form their own breeding pairs to continue the species. Additionally, to grow the population and prevent the quick extermination of the species each breeding pair must produce more than two children.It is difficult for me say whether this novel suffers the above flaw or not. Mr. Sosnowski acknowledges and addresses the problem head on in the last several chapters of the novel, but leaves the question unresolved. A VERY satisfying end to the story, as far as I am concerned. Hopefully, there will be sequel to this novel that ends with the few survivors the story follows finding, or attracting, more survivors to make a tribe of humans who will continue the evolution of our species, or end in the tragedy of extinction that has befallen so many branches of Terra's Free of Life.
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  • Kristi Lamont
    January 1, 1970
    Finishing this book made me feel like I had just binge-watched three seasons of an implausible-yet-must-see television show that ended unsatisfactorily. While in many ways this was the most plausible post-apocalyptic book I've ever read -- complete with descriptions of rotting corpses and horrifying rampaging feral hogs -- it was really hard to completely buy in to how the various characters accepted their new realities with varying yet surprising degrees of equanimity. I was trying to explain t Finishing this book made me feel like I had just binge-watched three seasons of an implausible-yet-must-see television show that ended unsatisfactorily. While in many ways this was the most plausible post-apocalyptic book I've ever read -- complete with descriptions of rotting corpses and horrifying rampaging feral hogs -- it was really hard to completely buy in to how the various characters accepted their new realities with varying yet surprising degrees of equanimity. I was trying to explain the book to a friend while still reading it, and couldn't quite put into words what I was feeling. Now I can: This book was written as if by an observer of the human race, vs a fellow member of it. This is not a dis; in fact, the lack of "normal feelings" on the part of one character makes me wonder if our author is a little high on the spectrum, too. Definitely want to read his other books.
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  • Beth Brackett
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, some spoilersThis book was ok but not as good as I hoped it would be. At times it was boring. Way too much time spent on the gruesome stuff and not enough on making the 3 people in the book likable. I couldn't bring myself to really like any of the characters except Dev, and really wasn't too attached to him. I found the total lack of empathy the characters had for anyone or anything to be odd. There wasn't any ending for the book, which I'm so fed up with. If the author can't come up with a Ok, some spoilersThis book was ok but not as good as I hoped it would be. At times it was boring. Way too much time spent on the gruesome stuff and not enough on making the 3 people in the book likable. I couldn't bring myself to really like any of the characters except Dev, and really wasn't too attached to him. I found the total lack of empathy the characters had for anyone or anything to be odd. There wasn't any ending for the book, which I'm so fed up with. If the author can't come up with a definitive ending, don't write a book!! There also was no answer to what caused the deaths of all the people. And how does somebody that had never driven manage to drive a tanker truck full of gas?
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  • Terynce
    January 1, 1970
    Lackluster pretty much throughout. Three teenagers contemplating ending their own lives (and sometimes the lives of others) are apparently the sole survivors of the never explained big "something" that kills everybody else in the immediate area. If you are the type that wants this big "something" explained, do not pick up the book; it never is, it's never hinted at. Two of the three find each other and do what you may expect two teenagers (or anyone really) to do when faced with the end of the w Lackluster pretty much throughout. Three teenagers contemplating ending their own lives (and sometimes the lives of others) are apparently the sole survivors of the never explained big "something" that kills everybody else in the immediate area. If you are the type that wants this big "something" explained, do not pick up the book; it never is, it's never hinted at. Two of the three find each other and do what you may expect two teenagers (or anyone really) to do when faced with the end of the world. She becomes pregnant. Then they find the third. And someone is shot. Add in some animals, domesticated and otherwise, and you have the story. I think it could have been a fun one to read, but it was much dryer than I expected.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Fun read with some depthI love post apocalypse books and this one does cover some new ground in terms of things that happen when humans aren't around anymore. It's a fun read and I thought that was all it would be. But add in an almost-terrorist with too much empathy, almost-suicidals, and an "aspie" trying to learn empathy and emotions and it gets a lot more interesting. How do you raise the next generation? What knowledge do you shield them from? How do you make life worth living for them?
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  • Rene Dupre
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting twist on the end-of-the-world genre. My favorite character is Dev whose Asperger's made him a strong survivor. They dealt with a lot of practical, what-would-you-do kind of things which made it different and interesting.My only ding on the book is that is starts out with a scene and then they flash back to the world ending event and work up to that scene. I never understood why that is a good thing. It takes away a lot of tension and doesn't really add anything to the way the st Very interesting twist on the end-of-the-world genre. My favorite character is Dev whose Asperger's made him a strong survivor. They dealt with a lot of practical, what-would-you-do kind of things which made it different and interesting.My only ding on the book is that is starts out with a scene and then they flash back to the world ending event and work up to that scene. I never understood why that is a good thing. It takes away a lot of tension and doesn't really add anything to the way the story is told.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Eh. I'm a sucker for anything apocalyptic. I love the descriptions of the places they encounter, and how it's changed now that's there's no one around. These descriptions were lacking. The story was pretty good, overly wordy in some parts I found myself skimming. The constant references to the president was obnoxious, I prefer to escape real life when reading and 10 years from now is anyone going to understand the reference?
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounded upI really didn't like the characters much. They all seemed selfish and it took a while for them to grow on me. But the story came together, the characters weren't total assholes the whole book.One thing I didn't like was that Sosnowski buried important plot points in unimportant throwaway paragraphs. I had to read a few passages twice to get the import of what he was saying.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    At first, it was interesting. Kind of like the apocalyptic event itself. Interesting..... but then boring, as even survival becomes hum-drum. But maybe because my personality is also "on the spectrum" (but more borderline), I just found the last half of the novel to be too wordy and too long. I kept trying to imagine the movie they will make out of this book... but then I thought all the dead bodies would just be too much. Just too many dead bodies.
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  • Ras Ta
    January 1, 1970
    This book was boring as hell. Three characters who attempt suicide are saved by who knows what. Maybe the rats being chased by the hybrid pigs throughout the whole book. The character development mostly rest within Dev who as Aspergers. Marcus & pregnant Lucy are just there restarting life. Dev shoots Marcus and patches him up but he dies days later. Lucy’s first thought is to attempt to start a relationship with Dev. I forced myself to read this book. 2 stars just for Dev.
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  • Samantha Valencia
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start with this.. I was extremely tempted to not finish and just end it when I got about halfway through. The only reliable character for some sort of interest was Dev. My hope in whether or not some sort of new character would come into play and make things a tad more interesting.. but no. I’m disappointed. No mention, and not even the slightest hint of what exactly happened. Suicidal teens surviving an apocalypse or stuck in limbo? Who knows? Certainly not me.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really great book! It was my Amazon Prime free-bee for August and appealed to me because I love end of the world books. This one was great because they didn't ignore all the "ugly" issues of surviving armageddon - like getting rid of the bodies and garbage and dealing with the animal takeover. Definitely an open ending... hopefully there will be a second book!
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