Last Girls
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.

Last Girls Details

TitleLast Girls
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherTor Teen
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Thriller

Last Girls Review

  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Sisterhood and survival?Time to break out the creepy grabby gif you all know I loooove: Sisterhood and survival?Time to break out the creepy grabby gif you all know I loooove:
  • Faith M ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I received this eARC from Tor Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.DNF at 11%I always feel bad DNFing ARCs but at the same time, I'm not gonna force myself to read and then rate poorly a book I don't want to read anymore, regardless of whether its released or not. I didn't like this. It's as simple as that.I'd say my biggest issue with this was the somewhat false but mostly incredibly vague advertising. I thought I had an id I received this eARC from Tor Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.DNF at 11%I always feel bad DNFing ARCs but at the same time, I'm not gonna force myself to read and then rate poorly a book I don't want to read anymore, regardless of whether its released or not. I didn't like this. It's as simple as that.I'd say my biggest issue with this was the somewhat false but mostly incredibly vague advertising. I thought I had an idea what it was about going in to things, and it turned out I was wrong. I expected a survival horror-esque book along the lines of The Water Cure or a non-scifi/fantasy version of Wilder Girls. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I expected there to be a doomsday in this, and instead it was just a school shooting conspiracy. The lack of a trigger warning was disgusting and I absolutely hated that aspect. It gave me a lot of anxiety, as I've been in a lockdown for a suspected school shooting before, and though nothing happened and everyone was safe, I still get a lot of anxiety from that. Beyond myself, I'm sure, given how frequent they've been in recent years, that this book will make its way to someone who has suffered through an active shooter and they'll relapse because of the lack of warning. Again, it's disgusting. I really hope the published copy has a trigger warning, because if it doesn't, then I'm boycotting Tor for being garbage. I don't have an issue with including difficult topics, just give me a freaking warning, would you?My second biggest issue was the writing, the characters, and the plot beyond the false advertising. The writing was extremely voicy and very very very first person and I simply didn't like the main character. She was really annoying and her narration made everything super difficult to follow. There wasn't a whole lot of logic to each scene and the sheer amount of exposition didn't make a lot of sense considering the first person narration.The rest of the cast, mostly her sisters, seemed to be just a bunch of manic pixie dream girls, too ethereal to be human and too ridiculous to be human either. I didn't particularly care for the bunker thing. And the fact that these doomsday preppers even go to normal public school was frankly unbelievable. I doubt literally the entire premise.I could sense that there was going to be some random love interest boy so I jumped ship before he could annoy me beyond his obnoxious classroom staring. The random unmentioned character with an artist family was fine but "his sisters"? What the heck?Ultimately, this wasn't what I wanted and it isn't what I like to read, so I dropped it like a hot potato. If I were to rate this, which I won't, it would probably be a 1 star. I really didn't like it. Feel free to check it out for yourself and if you do, let me know if the publisher ever put a trigger warning.UPDATESo, I checked the book preview on Amazon and the copyright page doesn't show a trigger warning and as far as I can tell, there isn't one.Also, what on earth? Why did they use *this* font?
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  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    "Rules breed rebels. We’ve all been taught that the black sheep is a deviation from acceptable standards and something to be avoided. Still, when you see it amongst a herd, its lack of conformity is what steals your breath and captures your attention."There are people out in the world who think they know when the end of the world will happen. They spread that a long to anyone who will listen, thus causing a huge surge of chaos. When the end of the world is near, are you prepared? Blue, Birdie, a "Rules breed rebels. We’ve all been taught that the black sheep is a deviation from acceptable standards and something to be avoided. Still, when you see it amongst a herd, its lack of conformity is what steals your breath and captures your attention."There are people out in the world who think they know when the end of the world will happen. They spread that a long to anyone who will listen, thus causing a huge surge of chaos. When the end of the world is near, are you prepared? Blue, Birdie, and Honey are known as the Juniper Sister Weirdos. They don’t live on normal streets or live a normal childhood but they do live with the other doomsday preppers on a compound in the Washington wilderness and the outsiders don’t know it. Instead of meeting friends for coffee or texting, they learn how to hunt, live without comfort technology, and survive. What they thought was a safe community turns into something that makes them second guess everything that they’ve ever known. One of their own is sent away but not before warning the sisters. Now nowhere is safe and this isn’t what they were trained for. I didn’t know much about doomsday preppers before reading this but I’ve heard the term. This sheds a lot of light on what they are and how they sacrifice a lot to feel safe and secure when the time comes. What got me giddy was the mention of something that shouldn’t have been mentioned. All I can say is that they broke the first two rules and Tyler Durden will be displeased. (I am Jack’s smirking revenge) Last Girls was a breath of fresh air for YA thrillers/mysteries. This was so much more than a preppers life and I was shocked at the twists in this book. Nothing like this has been in my possession before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It sinks its claws into you from the start and never lets go. It was a thrill ride for sure and one that I’ll never forget. This will be the book that you’ll want to add to your soon to be read lists. Just remember your three R’s. Be Responsible, Reactive, and Ready. But most importantly..... Don’t Trust Anyone!!
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  • Martina
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Tor Teen (Macmillan-Tor/Forge) for providing me with the digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.FULL REVIEW HEREThe first thing that caught my eye about Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky was how it was presented: a tale of doomsday preppers, secret compounds and sisterhood. The second thing was that its synopsis (as you can see from above) doesn’t tell anything more. The third thing was its breath-taking cover. So, when I started reading this Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Tor Teen (Macmillan-Tor/Forge) for providing me with the digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.FULL REVIEW HEREThe first thing that caught my eye about Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky was how it was presented: a tale of doomsday preppers, secret compounds and sisterhood. The second thing was that its synopsis (as you can see from above) doesn’t tell anything more. The third thing was its breath-taking cover. So, when I started reading this novel, I had literally no idea where the whole story would be going. I found myself entangled in a pretty unique and unexpected tale. And guys, I completely loved every single page.The characters are all very well developed and every single one of them has a lot of depths, especially the main protagonists, Honey, Birdie and Blue. Every sister has her own strong personality and this is shown very well. During the read I really grew fond of any them.Last Girls is a breath of fresh air for YA thrillers, for sure. I’ve never read anything like this one and I enjoyed every single twist, even if some of them were quite predictable. This is so much more than a book about doomsday preppers’ lives and mysteries. It’s about family, sisterhood, brotherly love and the importance of art. This book had a huge impact on me. It was a rollercoaster of emotions and I will hardly forget its gripping story or characters. I strongly recommend this read, it’s such a unique and special story.
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  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank NetGalley and Tor Teen for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed this book a lot, especially its great originality and the incredible perspective that the author chose to explore, atmospheric and suspenseful. It took me a bit, in the beginning, to get fully into it, especially since the main character didn't click with me and I ended up having certain problems with her attitude, I feel that it's simply not my type of character, even so, I I want to thank NetGalley and Tor Teen for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed this book a lot, especially its great originality and the incredible perspective that the author chose to explore, atmospheric and suspenseful. It took me a bit, in the beginning, to get fully into it, especially since the main character didn't click with me and I ended up having certain problems with her attitude, I feel that it's simply not my type of character, even so, I enjoyed most of the aspects of the book and it's a stand-alone that I would definitely recommend, for its survival and sisterhood side.4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐You can find more fo my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought. In Last Girls, we follow the Juniper sisters: Blue, Birdie, and Honey, who live in a doomsday preppers community, where they've been trained to survive any possible destruction or "end of the world" as we know it. One day, a danger awakens from within and Honey must put everything they learned to the test to keep her and her sisters safe. I really enjoyed the plot itself, in fact, since I knew what it was about I had an interest in reading it, it's a YA suspense/thriller that has all the condiments to keep you hooked from the first moment since jumps quickly into the action. I like how the author handles intense moments and the action too because I felt that it was also like watching a movie, which I really liked. I don't want to dig too deep into the plot itself because I think exploring it yourself is part of the fun, it has unexpected twists that genuinely blew me away, and it takes interesting paths to follow.Exploring also the doomsday preppers lifestyle was very interesting, especially because I didn't really know much about it, rather than having seen this dynamic in some movies, so I really liked that it was the focus of the story, it makes it unique and quite peculiar, to distinguish it from other books of the genre. In addition to touching on these topics, the book covers a large range of situations, it talks about family, friendship, love, and personal grown, it also touches on topics such as terrorism and conspiracies. Overall, I really enjoyed each one of these aspects, which is great.On the other hand, I had a difficult time with the characters, especially with Honey, who has a very distinctive personality, is somewhat abrupt, terribly honest and can also be very hurtful with others, but behind all that, I must admit that there's an artist sensitive soul inside her and a protective sister that I liked to see. On the other hand, I loved the character of Blue, it was my favorite, for some reason the smallest of the Junipers touched my heart with her personality so mature for her age and was the only one whom I could really connect with. Then we have Birdie and she's the trouble-maker type, and impulsive, and I feel pretty unbiased about the character.But the magic happens when they're all together because I completely LOVED their sisterhood, the way they protect each other, the concern and love is remarkable, and it made me feel so good to read a sister dynamic like this one, simply I loved it. We have more secondary characters but honestly, I don't feel that any of them has a great impact other than being there as a love interest, and I'm sorry to say that, but it's something that almost always happens to me, and that's that I didn't enjoy the romance as I expected, it seemed to me that it developed hastily.The writing style is wonderful, I ended up super committed to it, but I confess that at first, I found it somewhat difficult to follow. Even so, I would be interested in reading more of the author, even more, if she continues writing about this type of plot, so exciting and intriguing.This is a super personal opinion that didn't prevent my enjoyment of this story at all, but I do think it would have been more beneficial and accurate to follow a single plotline or at least two at most. The author expands this story too much, so we have many sub-plots ramifications that can be somewhat distracting from the main topic and can even make reading somewhat dense. Especially when you start reading it's a confusing structure, for me, it was super enjoyable, though and I would recommend it. It's a brilliant point of view on survival, resilience, intelligence, challenges, and family bonds. I think that it also explores the human being very well, and how sometimes we react to being placed in extreme and unexpected situations. Although the characters can be a challenge to follow, they have varied personalities, and each one represents a possible outcome or reaction, which I appreciate and understand 100% what the author wanted to convey with this book. I'm thrilled to see that it has such positive reviews so far; I think it deserves it! My First Thoughts 04/30/20I really enjoyed the originality that this book gives us, it's entertaining and it keeps you wanting to know what will happen from the beginning, which I loved. On the other hand, there are some factors that I didn't like that much, above all they have to do with the characters and their personalities, but I'll talk more about it in my full review SOON 😊
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Demetra Brodsky's debut, Dive Smack, was my favorite book of 2018 and she's back with her sophomore story that completely enraptured me. Told in parallel stories that converge in a way that will make you gasp aloud as they converge, Last Girls is a story perfect for the current world as it explores hope, connection, and the things we hold onto when times are difficult. I won't soon forget the Juniper Sisters!——Cover Reveal!Check out the cover of Last Girls, get your preorder on, and be sure it's Demetra Brodsky's debut, Dive Smack, was my favorite book of 2018 and she's back with her sophomore story that completely enraptured me. Told in parallel stories that converge in a way that will make you gasp aloud as they converge, Last Girls is a story perfect for the current world as it explores hope, connection, and the things we hold onto when times are difficult. I won't soon forget the Juniper Sisters!——Cover Reveal!Check out the cover of Last Girls, get your preorder on, and be sure it's on your TBR!----------Cover Reveal Coming Monday!-----I already know this is going to be a favorite of 2020.
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  • Gillian French
    January 1, 1970
    LAST GIRLS is sensational: superb writing with a strong voice and firm grasp of character development, swiftly ratcheting tension, and plenty of exciting reveals to make you whip through the pages. Brodsky has crafted three unique but inseparable sisters in Honey, Birdie, and Blue; their fierce devotion serves as the strong heart of a story about a sect of doomsday preppers who live separately from their community, constantly training for survival when our current society is inevitably destroyed LAST GIRLS is sensational: superb writing with a strong voice and firm grasp of character development, swiftly ratcheting tension, and plenty of exciting reveals to make you whip through the pages. Brodsky has crafted three unique but inseparable sisters in Honey, Birdie, and Blue; their fierce devotion serves as the strong heart of a story about a sect of doomsday preppers who live separately from their community, constantly training for survival when our current society is inevitably destroyed by our own self-involved and electronically dependent ways. There's coming of age troubles, serious abuse of power by charismatic leaders, and loads of family secrets uncovered. A big 5 stars from me!
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  • JenacideByBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the Publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley for an honest review. Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb? -Pink Floyd “Preparedness is the root of prepping.” Sisters Honey, Birdie and Blue know they're weird. Unlike regular teenagers who worry about school dances, dating and shopping, the Juniper sisters are more versed in survival skills and tactical combat. For years they have been moving around with their mother Alice, never without th Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the Publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley for an honest review. Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb? -Pink Floyd “Preparedness is the root of prepping.” Sisters Honey, Birdie and Blue know they're weird. Unlike regular teenagers who worry about school dances, dating and shopping, the Juniper sisters are more versed in survival skills and tactical combat. For years they have been moving around with their mother Alice, never without their EDC bags or each other. But after settling in Washington and working and training along fellow doomsday preppers on a secret compound in the outskirts of town, things for the Juniper sisters are getting...strange. After a mission set by the compound leader goes wrong, one of the boys from the compound is forced to go out on his own as punishment. But what really happened that day on the mission is the real question, and why the mission was ordered in the first place. Suddenly life isn't all government conspiracies and stock-piling food. While trying to keep their prepper identities secret, they soon realize the truth is much more toxic than they ever expected. “'Why did we ever come here?' 'To find our way home,' Blue says.” I think this is my new favorite book of 2020. I mean sure, nothing can really beat the gut-punch and epic fantastical emotion show that was HOEAB, but for me...Last Girls comes damn close.Maybe it's just the conspirator in me, or the slight hope for an apocalypse so I can run around the world mostly scared, yet completely badass in my combat boots, unpractical black jeans, ripped shirts and unnaturally large knives strapped to my legs. But in truth, it's probably the fact that I am a sucker for badass females that can take care of themselves - ESPECIALLY in the woods with a bow or a rifle. And that is exactly what the Juniper sisters are. BAD. ASS. They're fiesty, they're sharp and witty, they are experts in weaponry and hunting and can lay you on your back in .25 seconds. They are teenagers who posses the innocence of young women, but also carry a wisdom and complete sense of comfort as to who they are. They are thoughtful, tactful and at ease in their bodies. I adore them. “We can handle them. My sisters and I can handle anything.” The girls live on a compound with a bunch of other preppers. Men and women, boys and girls. The compound is separated into two two sections: The Burrow, where the men reside with the weapons and artillery, and The Nest, where the women reside and grow food for the compound and tend to the animals. Every day the girls are required to take care of the animals that are used for food, to train with the rest of the compound, and to remember the most vital rule of all: “The first rule of prep club is you don't talk about prep club.” The compound is ultra strict about keeping the prepper business on the DL, and anyone caught violating their rules or putting their fellow preppers at risk are swiftly dealt with and banished. This lifestyle is all the juniper sisters have ever known, and it's almost like they were made for it. So even though they are always labeled the Weird Sisters at whatever school they end up attending, they also are quite aware that if a disaster ever hit, they would definitely be the last ones standing. “If I be waspish, best beware my sting.” Honey is the oldest Juniper sister and tasked with the responsibility of keeping her sisters in line and ensuring they always stay together. She is compassionate and strong, fierce yet approachable, thoughtful and definitely acts as the mother hen. The story is told by her and seen through her eyes, which I think was the perfect choice for a voice for this story. She is the balance of her two sisters. A piece of Blue's calm and a piece of Birdie's brash nature. She is the glue and the rational authority for her sisters, always thinking ahead and making sure they are safe. “...a look that rides the line between aloof and ready for battle.” Now Birdie...she's my girl. I connected with her SO much, even though she's still a bit of a mystery. She has the Fury/Amren vibes of cool and carefree murder in her eyes, and a sassy mouth like Aelin and Bryce. She fully lives up to her name in the sense that she flies out the door on a whim, doing what she pleases and when. She acts before thinking and refuses to be told what to do, but that doesn't mean she isn't an excellent prepper. Because she is. She is just as dedicated to her lifestyle as her sisters, but she likes to bend the rules more. She is the strength and unwavering determination of the sisters. “A calm blue sea with hair to match...” Blue is also my favorite! So yeah, okay...I love them all. But Blue is perfection! She is the youngest Juniper and is an enigma of cool, calm and collected at all times. She is unwavering in her thoughtfulness and passive nature, and is always spouting odd prophecy-like sentences that even make her sisters look at her strangely. But of course, that was why I was obsessed with her. Well, and the cobalt blue hair. Blue is so sweet and loving, definitely the heart of the sisters. “So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” But this story has so much MORE of an underlying purpose weaved within it, but I of course can't say a damn thing about it because OHMYGAH, it's so good. By the end of the book I had tears forming, and when Birdie flies at someone near the end...well. I just about broke down and started happy weeping. How this tale comes together is really crafty and sly, and I loved how slowly everything was revealed. It broke me a little, in a good way, and I am still oohing and ahhing about the beauty of it all. And to make the story EVEN BETTER, the writing in it was fantastic! The sarcastic jokes, ironic Hunger Games references and witty banter between Honey and her classmate Remy was so enjoyable. I was highlighting SO MUCH while reading because I couldn't get enough of these personalities.There are a few romantic notions in this tale, but I really liked that it didn't encompass the story or overpower the real plot. It added to the characters by bringing a necessary softness and realistic nature to them. It helped make the girls feel like actual teenagers, rather than gun-toting soldiers looking for a fight.Overall, I loved this book. I want it to become a movie, I want to play Birdie, no I cannot act, but I have that “f**k you” look ready and the hair to match, so bring it on. Read this book. Get into the culty/Dooms Day/Apocalypse/prepper lifestyle with me and let's go be weird together.Currently taking applications for my other Juniper sisters.
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  • Meigan
    January 1, 1970
    A tale of doomsday preppers, secret compounds, and survival at the end of the world, Last Girls was such a unique and rather (unexpected) timely story. But at its heart, it’s a story of sisterhood, the importance of family, and sticking together no matter what. Honey, Blue, and Birdie Juniper live in a secret compound in Washington state, along with the rest of their group of survivalists and doomsday preppers. The Juniper sisters attend public school but they’re certainly not like their peers, A tale of doomsday preppers, secret compounds, and survival at the end of the world, Last Girls was such a unique and rather (unexpected) timely story. But at its heart, it’s a story of sisterhood, the importance of family, and sticking together no matter what. Honey, Blue, and Birdie Juniper live in a secret compound in Washington state, along with the rest of their group of survivalists and doomsday preppers. The Juniper sisters attend public school but they’re certainly not like their peers, especially with their EDC’s (every day carries), their lack of technology (one shared cell phone), and their general attitude of always being on high alert in case the SHTF (shit hits the fan). They spend much of their time avoiding attention, as per their mother’s request, but an incident at school puts all three of them and their fellow compound members right in the spotlight. Doomsday preppers are such an interesting and weird set of people, and these particular preppers were a perfect example. Much like real life, their lifestyle is driven by an almost obsession with the end of the world, be it from economic collapse, war, or viral pandemic. Oddly enough, the timing of this book was such an incredible coincidence since we are, in fact, smack dab in the middle of a viral pandemic and possibly facing an economic collapse. That bit of reality made this book so much more visceral and gave the whole story such an authentic feeling. And it made me wonder who around me, right now, is doing exactly what these preppers are doing (and if they have tinfoil hats). My expectations were super high going in to this book and I’m so thrilled to say that it delivered. Each of the sisters had their own unique voice and experienced their own personal journey throughout the course of the story, and the bond they shared was my favorite part. Although the mystery and the unending feeling of doom both came in at a close second. All told, Demetra Brodsky is such an exciting new voice in the world of YA thrillers and Last Girls is a book I’ll recommend the heck out of, along with her debut, Dive Smack. Do yourself a favor and add both to your tbr, because they’re both books not to be missed. *eARC received via NetGalley.
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  • Gerardine Betancourt
    January 1, 1970
    Last girls is a YA mistery thriller about three sisters, Honey, Birdie and Blue living in a compound of doomsday preppers in Washington. Honestly I didn't know a lot about doomsday preppers until I read this book. This was very different from any book that I ever read but very enjoyable. Overall, I really like it 3. 5 stars for me Thanks to netgalley and Tor teen for this arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  •  LEAH⇢
    January 1, 1970
    BOOK TAGS⇣⇢ 3.5 ✰STARS✰⤏ READ LIKE A PREPPERS HANDBOOK COMPLETE WITH ACRONYMS...LOTS OF ACRONYMS⤏ SECRET COMPOUNDS/COMMUNES/CULT⤏ NOT APOCALYPTIC...AT ALL⤏ MORE CONTEMPORARY YA⤏ CONSPIRACY THEORIES, FAMILY DYNAMICS, MISSING SISTERS, MURDEROUS PLOTS & MUCH MORE⤏ A SPLASH OF ROMANCE⤏ LENGTH OF AUDIO - 11 HOURS, 12 MINUTES⤏ I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARYMY THOUGHTS⇣MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE: This is a story that tries to hard to be everything relevant and timely and ultimately suffers some BOOK TAGS⇣⇢ 3.5 ✰STARS✰⤏ READ LIKE A PREPPERS HANDBOOK COMPLETE WITH ACRONYMS...LOTS OF ACRONYMS⤏ SECRET COMPOUNDS/COMMUNES/CULT⤏ NOT APOCALYPTIC...AT ALL⤏ MORE CONTEMPORARY YA⤏ CONSPIRACY THEORIES, FAMILY DYNAMICS, MISSING SISTERS, MURDEROUS PLOTS & MUCH MORE⤏ A SPLASH OF ROMANCE⤏ LENGTH OF AUDIO - 11 HOURS, 12 MINUTES⤏ I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARYMY THOUGHTS⇣MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE: This is a story that tries to hard to be everything relevant and timely and ultimately suffers some from having too many elements at play.The synopsis makes you think this is going to be a book about preppers and the end of the world...I think if you go into this knowing that it isn't about the latter but does focus on a group of preppers living in a commune that feels somewhat like a cult, maybe you'll like it better. Each chapter is labeled with a new prepper acronym like EDC (everyday carry), SHTF (shit hits the fan) and TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) to name a few. Getting an inside look at what it's like to be a prepper was one of the more fascinating aspects of this story...it's too bad that there were so many other components clogging this up.While the many elements left me confused at times, I was still invested in the story and wanted to see how it would end. Although, I wish that the author wouldn't have used this as a veiled political platform. I get enough of that on Facebook...I would be curious to know what the count would be for how many times "our current POTUS" comes up in this book.The narration was as always with both these narrators very well performed and they definitely boosted the overall rating of this for me. BREAKDOWN⇣Narration Rating⇢ 4½ StarsPlot⇢ 3/5Characters⇢ 3.8/5The Feels⇢ 2/5Pacing⇢ 3.5/5Addictiveness⇢ 3/5Theme, Tone or Intensity⇢ 3/5Originality/Believability⇢ 3/5Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 2.5/5World-Building⇢ 3.5/5Ending⇢ 4/5
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Fantastic Flying Fiction and Tor Teen for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Last Girls By: Demetra Brodsky REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆Last Girls
  • Ashleigh
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an e-Arc from the author on Netgalley for an honest review*And just like that, Demetra has done it again! Just like her debut, Dive Smack, I was completely sucked into this story. It was fan-flipping-tastic!  This is a story about doomsday preppers, secret compounds, and survival for TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It). Doomsday preppers are constantly prepping for the end, and carry an EDC (Every Day Carry). It's so crazy that this book happens to be coming out during a w *I received an e-Arc from the author on Netgalley for an honest review*And just like that, Demetra has done it again! Just like her debut, Dive Smack, I was completely sucked into this story. It was fan-flipping-tastic!  This is a story about doomsday preppers, secret compounds, and survival for TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It). Doomsday preppers are constantly prepping for the end, and carry an EDC (Every Day Carry). It's so crazy that this book happens to be coming out during a worldwide pandemic, and it made the story that much more real to me. Are you a psychic, Demetra? ;) Demetra weaves in just the right amount of mystery and suspense, and I found myself trying to figure things out as I went along, and couldn't stop reading.At the heart of the story though, is the relationship between the Juniper sisters. Honey, Birdie, and Blue are all unique characters, and very well fleshed out. I love the inseparable bond between them, and they are my favorite part of the story. Honey is the oldest and loves to paint, Birdie is the middle and loves to draw comics, and Blue is the youngest and embroiders in the color blue. They stick together, no matter what. I'm so excited for you to meet them! If this book wasn't on your radar already, I hope that you pick it up when it releases on May 5, 2020. I've already preordered my finished copy and can't wait for it to arrive. And while you're at it, add Dive Smack to your TBR too!       
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  • Rebeca
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy of this book from the author im exchange for an honest review.Last Girls is a book I would definitely recommend to have on your radar. Demetra Brodsky writes amazing Thrillers that gives readers unexpected twists and characters who would for sure have a special place in their hearts.Just like she did in Dive Smack, Demetra has written a new amazing and griping story that, undoubtedly, I will be obsessing over for a very long time.Last Girls is one of the very few Thrille I received an early copy of this book from the author im exchange for an honest review.Last Girls is a book I would definitely recommend to have on your radar. Demetra Brodsky writes amazing Thrillers that gives readers unexpected twists and characters who would for sure have a special place in their hearts.Just like she did in Dive Smack, Demetra has written a new amazing and griping story that, undoubtedly, I will be obsessing over for a very long time.Last Girls is one of the very few Thrillers I can say I really loved. It was full of action and suspense, the kind that made me stay up late into the night reading because I kept telling myself “just one more page” and yeah I finished the whole book🤷🏻‍♀️ It was that good, what can I say?🌚Honey, Birdie and Blue are sisters who, while sometimes they have their ups and downs, are fiercely loyal to one another. Honey is the oldest of them and loves to paint, Birdie loves to draw comics and Blue loves to embroider in every single shade of blue. They live in a compound with her mother and have to follow strict rules to protect those around them and themselves. That means no talking with outsiders and not joining any school clubs. Then, one day, something happens at school that alters their lives in a way they didn’t expect.Last girls was amazing from beginning to end, the characters were all amazing and definitely surprised me more than once. They made me laugh and they definitely made me cry, Demetra’s writing style is that amazing😭There were lots of secrets and lies... There were also swoons and banter that I absolutely loved reading😍 I’m sorry but I can’t choose one favorite character, they are all amazing💛I can’t wait for you all to read this one💛
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  • Grayson
    January 1, 1970
    I tried really hard to read this book, but after a week didn't even read 25%. I can definitely get how it may appeal to some readers, but it definitely didn't to me.I felt no connection to any of the characters. Sometimes authors try to make characters so unique and special that they stop feeling real and authentic, and these characters feel that way to me. I read another review which called them "manic prepper dream girls" and that's a perfect description of these characters. In the bit of this I tried really hard to read this book, but after a week didn't even read 25%. I can definitely get how it may appeal to some readers, but it definitely didn't to me.I felt no connection to any of the characters. Sometimes authors try to make characters so unique and special that they stop feeling real and authentic, and these characters feel that way to me. I read another review which called them "manic prepper dream girls" and that's a perfect description of these characters. In the bit of this book I managed to read, I could not make sense of a single scene. The writing felt convoluted. I think there was just to much in this plot, it should have just stuck to digging into their lifestyles and the mystery behind the nest. But instead it added terrorism, and magic, and psychics. It was just to much and it didn't fit in.I thought this was going to either apocalyptic or about a cult, which are both story lines I love, but this just wasn't that.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    3.75/5 starsPretty good, but not my absolute favorite. I'm rounding up though because there's so much that I really like, and the negatives don't weigh so much on me. I like the characters, even though there are times I get slightly annoyed. However, it's very far and between, so it doesn't bother me. I do wish that I couldn't felt more for them, as I wasn't connecting to them on an emotional level. The story I thought was great! There were many times that things I was genuinely surprised, and t 3.75/5 starsPretty good, but not my absolute favorite. I'm rounding up though because there's so much that I really like, and the negatives don't weigh so much on me. I like the characters, even though there are times I get slightly annoyed. However, it's very far and between, so it doesn't bother me. I do wish that I couldn't felt more for them, as I wasn't connecting to them on an emotional level. The story I thought was great! There were many times that things I was genuinely surprised, and the books went on paths I wasn't expecting. While it does slightly remind me of other books, it's not enough for me to directly compare them. It holds strongly on its own, and I think it's worth checking out if you want to try out something new!
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  • Farren
    January 1, 1970
    I truly hate to DNF an advanced reader copy, but I am not into this book one bit and would rather not continue just to give it a bad or mediocre rating. I made it to 24% and I found it incredibly boring; nothing is really happening and I haven't even figured out what the plot is supposed to be.The story features three sisters, living in a prepper compound with strict rules yet still attending public school. When the leader assigns a couple of the teens a "mission" at the school, one of them is c I truly hate to DNF an advanced reader copy, but I am not into this book one bit and would rather not continue just to give it a bad or mediocre rating. I made it to 24% and I found it incredibly boring; nothing is really happening and I haven't even figured out what the plot is supposed to be.The story features three sisters, living in a prepper compound with strict rules yet still attending public school. When the leader assigns a couple of the teens a "mission" at the school, one of them is caught for what they play off as a bad prank, but the damage is done and they immediately gain media attention.I honestly found the writing difficult to follow. There were chapters with what seemed like time jumps, and people mentioned as if I was supposed to know who they were, that I now suspect were narrated by someone who was not Honey, our MC. I'd like to say that maybe I was just too checked out to make sense of what I was reading, but I saw other reviewers with similar issues. I didn't care for any of the characters, and agree with the people who said they were the manic pixie dream girl type.My major issue, and why I would give this book 1.5 out of 5 stars if I was to rate what I read so far, was the frequent political opinions. I get enough forced political viewpoints in real life (seriously, can't even watch a cute video of a dog getting a bath on facebook without people bashing their opposed political party for literally no reason) and if I'm reading for enjoyment it's the last thing I want to see. I did a kindle search for "POTUS" after noticing it several times, and it showed up 10 times, and that's only the statements that specifically used that term. I'm sure many of the stellar reviews for this book come from people who appreciate the author's heavy-handed liberalism, but I personally grew tired of sighing every time it appeared on the page. I also thought it was weird, considering the majority of survivalists would consider themselves libertarian more than anything else...*Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Teen for providing this ARC for review*
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  • Kavanand (Reading for Two)
    January 1, 1970
    Last Girls is sort of bonkers, but in the best possible way. From the description, I expected it to be a story of a girl living in a prepper community who starts to question the group's lifestyle, but it ended up being so much more. I don't want to say much about the plot, because it goes to a lot of unexpected places, and that's big part of the fun.Honey Juniper is the eldest of three sisters. Their single mother is obsessed with the end of the world, and she has raised the girls to be ready fo Last Girls is sort of bonkers, but in the best possible way. From the description, I expected it to be a story of a girl living in a prepper community who starts to question the group's lifestyle, but it ended up being so much more. I don't want to say much about the plot, because it goes to a lot of unexpected places, and that's big part of the fun.Honey Juniper is the eldest of three sisters. Their single mother is obsessed with the end of the world, and she has raised the girls to be ready for anything. The family were just solo preppers until they joined a larger group who has their own compound. All the women live in one compound, the Nest, and the men live in another, the Burrow. It's a hardcore prepper group, and the kids in the group are highly trained and ready for anything. When we first meet Honey at her high school, there's an event that sounds like shots fired. While everyone else in her class in terrified and sheltering in place, Honey grabs her everyday carry bag (her school backpack, which is filled with all kinds of survival gear), pushes herself through a ceiling panel into an air vent, and goes to meet up with her sisters in their designated meeting spot. Sounds extreme, but this is just standard operating procedure for the Juniper sisters. Honey is such a distinctive character, full of contradictions. She's a complete badass, but she's also got the soul of a sensitive artist. (She loves painting, but her mother doesn't approve of developing any skills that won't be useful after the apocalypse.) She's suspicious and closed off to outsiders, but she finds herself opening up to a classmate. She's a dedicated prepper, but she also questions the policies of the group. This book is a really interesting look at the prepper lifestyle, and I learned a lot (mostly that if the apocalypse comes, I'm totally unprepared). It's a fascinating insight into this subculture, and it's a great setting for the book. This is an action-packed book, with a fast-moving plot. I found it hard to put down. I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    A book about doomsday preppers?!?! Sign me up!! That’s why I was BEYOND excited when I was able to join in on the blog tour not long ago.This book met my expectations and then some. There was a strong sense of familial love–which I’m a sucker for. Almost more than romance. There was action, excitement and more importantly–three incredibly well-written strong characters that I fell in love with.They were each unique and brought their own personality into the story. I loved it!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. review to come
  • Sakhile
    January 1, 1970
    Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky was mindblowing. It was glorious. It was spectacular. I want to add the Lady Gaga talented-brilliant-incredible-amazing-showstopping gif but I can't find it on Giphy and I don't know how to add gifs from anywhere else. Last Girls is about three sisters who live in a commune of doomsday preppers. The three sisters Honey, Birdie and Blue Juniper are struggling with the commune dynamics. The three sisters are inseparable and fiercely protective of each other.  Their li Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky was mindblowing. It was glorious. It was spectacular. I want to add the Lady Gaga talented-brilliant-incredible-amazing-showstopping gif but I can't find it on Giphy and I don't know how to add gifs from anywhere else. Last Girls is about three sisters who live in a commune of doomsday preppers. The three sisters Honey, Birdie and Blue Juniper are struggling with the commune dynamics. The three sisters are inseparable and fiercely protective of each other.  Their life off the grid is about more than staying under the government radar for their prepper lifestyle. There are secrets within the group that will change their lives forever and not in a way they've trained for.Overall this book is amazing. Demetra Brodsky has crafted a thoroughly enjoyable and suspenseful read that will have you entranced. The doomsday aspect gives the book a dystopian feel but it is very much contemporary.
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  • Katherine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    You can find my full review and links to my other LAST GIRLS posts here:http://kamoorephoto.booklikes.com/pos...Honey, Blue, and Birdie haven’t had a choice but to live in The Nest and although they feel like weirds among their peers at school, they are tightly bonded to each other. They have been brought up to follow strict rules and guidelines, to not trust Outsiders, and know how to survive in all kinds of situations (without the constant use of technology, and while also not knowing the full You can find my full review and links to my other LAST GIRLS posts here:http://kamoorephoto.booklikes.com/pos...Honey, Blue, and Birdie haven’t had a choice but to live in The Nest and although they feel like weirds among their peers at school, they are tightly bonded to each other. They have been brought up to follow strict rules and guidelines, to not trust Outsiders, and know how to survive in all kinds of situations (without the constant use of technology, and while also not knowing the full truth about their past).They are strong despite the trauma they’ve been through. They are connected despite the distance they must maintain from others around them. They are smart beyond their years despite everything that is missing from their lives.It’s a story that unfolds as thriller, a mystery about a prepper community that gradually appears to be a dangerous group with some dark plans, but this is decidedly a contemporary novel with superb character development. The entire story also wouldn’t be complete without a family secret and the ending encapsulates some of my most positive feelings about ‘Last Girls’; nothing cheesy, just full-on satisfied it ends that way.Author Demetra Brodsky really allows the reader to get to know her characters and writes her contemporary ‘worlds’ with the detail of a fantasy novel (I love the way she uses actual survivalist terminology for chapter names); these give the story so much more depth. Getting lost in the woods of the Pacific Northwest is one thing (I don’t think I’d advise it). But getting lost in this book for a weekend is immersive and wonderful.
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  • sarah
    January 1, 1970
    eArc provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Last Girls is a story about doomsday preppers, sisterhood, and survival, and I enjoyed every minute of it. This story is significantly darker and more political than I was expecting it to be, and for the most part, it worked. The strongest part of the story is by far the bond between the three sisters, and each girl is so uniquely herself it is refreshing. The aspects about prepping were interesting and mind-blowing a eArc provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Last Girls is a story about doomsday preppers, sisterhood, and survival, and I enjoyed every minute of it. This story is significantly darker and more political than I was expecting it to be, and for the most part, it worked. The strongest part of the story is by far the bond between the three sisters, and each girl is so uniquely herself it is refreshing. The aspects about prepping were interesting and mind-blowing as it is something I know very little about. I will say that I felt the romance was a bit unnecessary, and felt a bit forced, but I did appreciate the theme of girls not needing to be saved, especially by their love interest. Even when Honey reaches out to Remy for help, she is the one with the expertise and with the plan, and Remy is there to support her, rather than save the day. My other critique is that some of the plot points and conclusions the characters came to seemed very far fetched based on the amount of background we were given, and it seemed hard to take them at face value. A lot of the more shocking plot points weren't really explained either, specifically Annalise's character and the choices she made- I wanted more background as to why Annalise acted the way she did and how she benefitted from her choices. I would have also appreciated more background on The Nest and The Burrow as a whole- how they came to be and more information about the leadership of the groups. All in all, this is a solid story that is scarily timely and not at all what you'd expect it to be. Showed up for the sisterhood, stayed for the mystery.
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  • Amy Giles
    January 1, 1970
    A story about badass sisters who don't need saving? Bring it! Last Girls delivers! The book is gorgeously written with a twist that will have you tearing through the pages. Each of the vividly drawn Juniper sister has her own unique voice. I loved their unbreakable family bond and how their personalities worked so well together. While the timing of a book about doomsday preppers is a strange coincidence, it actually made me relate to the survivalist sisters even more; times like these, it would A story about badass sisters who don't need saving? Bring it! Last Girls delivers! The book is gorgeously written with a twist that will have you tearing through the pages. Each of the vividly drawn Juniper sister has her own unique voice. I loved their unbreakable family bond and how their personalities worked so well together. While the timing of a book about doomsday preppers is a strange coincidence, it actually made me relate to the survivalist sisters even more; times like these, it would be nice to know how to prepare for when the SHTH. The book ends on a happy note that we could all use right now, with a guarantee that you won’t soon forget this incredible story and even more incredible Juniper sisters.
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  • Aria
    January 1, 1970
    Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.Thank you to both Netgalley and Tor Teen for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!Friends! If you’ve read and loved Rory Power’s Wilder Girls and have been looking for another like it since (I mean, who wouldn’t want a book about fierce girls who can take care of themselves???), Demetra Brodsky’s Last Girls is the book you’ve got to give a go!In this book, we have Honey, Birdie and Blue who are sisters an Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.Thank you to both Netgalley and Tor Teen for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!Friends! If you’ve read and loved Rory Power’s Wilder Girls and have been looking for another like it since (I mean, who wouldn’t want a book about fierce girls who can take care of themselves???), Demetra Brodsky’s Last Girls is the book you’ve got to give a go!In this book, we have Honey, Birdie and Blue who are sisters and together with their mom, they are part of a cult-like community of doomsday preppers. Outside of the community, they are to blend in with the rest of society, though they’re viewed by the ‘outsiders’ a.k.a. non-preppers as outsiders. Within the community, they train every day and prepare for the end of the world which can arrive at any time. We also have an alternate story line which features Toby and his mother, both who are artists and have lost people precious to them.There are other plots and a multitude of subjects touched upon within this story as well—romance, friendships, familial relationships, dubious prepper bordering on terrorist activities, kidnappings and some psychic stuff (am I the only one who was like, are we gonna get some Weapon X feels?). It can get a lot, particularly since some of them don’t seem to be related to the main plot, but I think there’s a good enough balance between the plots and subjects touched upon. In a way, Last Girls having so much going on at the same time reflects how we have a lot happening simultaneously in the real world.However, I have to admit that the romance between Honey and Remy got hot too fast. Considering how cold she’s been with him since the beginning, her warming up to his advances at the latter part of the book felt too sudden. It was a little disconcerting, even.Other than that, all the important characters need to be fleshed out better. I’m not saying that they aren’t fleshed out at all, but it’s like…70% there. Honey has it better since we’re reading her part of the story from her point of view, but even with the limitation of first person point of views, there are still ways for characters like Blue and Birdie to be portrayed that they’d become more three-dimensional. I think once they have more depth to them, the impact that this story has will be increased as well.All in all, Last Girls is a strong book that needs a little fine tuning to become greater. If there’s a sequel for this, I’d definitely pick it up cause I’d love to read more on the sisters and get answers to some of the questions left hanging here.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Brilliant. Full review at www.coffeeandtrainspotting.wordpress.com I received this book free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Brilliant. Full review at www.coffeeandtrainspotting.wordpress.com
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Last Girls is a novel idea breathed intensely into the YA genre. An unexpected narrative penned in Brodsky’s witty, matter-of-fact prose and executed with purpose, this story seeps into your bones like the cold rain of the Pacific North West and refuses to let go even after the last page.It was so difficult for me to put this book down. Once you realize that things really aren’t adding up, you just have to know how it ends. This book was filled of twists and turns, love and loss, trust and frien Last Girls is a novel idea breathed intensely into the YA genre. An unexpected narrative penned in Brodsky’s witty, matter-of-fact prose and executed with purpose, this story seeps into your bones like the cold rain of the Pacific North West and refuses to let go even after the last page.It was so difficult for me to put this book down. Once you realize that things really aren’t adding up, you just have to know how it ends. This book was filled of twists and turns, love and loss, trust and friendship and terrible betrayal. I adored this book
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Beyond the story (which is compelling and timely and heartfelt), beyond the cover (which is beautiful and so perfect for each sister), beyond the characters (who are sharply drawn and whole and real), the writing in Last Girls struck a chord with me. It felt so true—how the relationship with Honey and Birdie and Blue were sketched on each page, how they interacted and cared for each other. As the story developed and the tension built, the thread of their relationship wound through it all, linkin Beyond the story (which is compelling and timely and heartfelt), beyond the cover (which is beautiful and so perfect for each sister), beyond the characters (who are sharply drawn and whole and real), the writing in Last Girls struck a chord with me. It felt so true—how the relationship with Honey and Birdie and Blue were sketched on each page, how they interacted and cared for each other. As the story developed and the tension built, the thread of their relationship wound through it all, linking (in the most satisfying way) to the other POV in the story. I loved this book!
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  • Lili
    January 1, 1970
    Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky is a spectacular story filled with badass characters and suspenseful events. The author created the Juniper sisters to portray a story of sisterhood that cannot be broken in a any way. There were multiple instances that could’ve easily broken the sisters’ bond. But with every event that happened it strengthen the bond and made them more protective of each other. Imagine living a life in where your life depended on how well you are with the big three R’s: Responsible Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky is a spectacular story filled with badass characters and suspenseful events. The author created the Juniper sisters to portray a story of sisterhood that cannot be broken in a any way. There were multiple instances that could’ve easily broken the sisters’ bond. But with every event that happened it strengthen the bond and made them more protective of each other. Imagine living a life in where your life depended on how well you are with the big three R’s: Responsible, Reactive and Ready? Thats world of the three Juniper sisters! These girls are in high school and to be part of a doomsday prepper world is completely bonkers. I know that groups like in the story do exist today. I’m not sure how accurate the book is, but it’s interesting to learn about it. It was such a treat reading some unpredictable things in the book. I love it when books do that! But here’s the thing, I feel some things were either explained far too much or not at all. At times it felt like it was going to fast. And the end of the world acronyms were annoying for me.Overall, this book has a little bit of everything. Not only does it discuss sisterhood, but also mixes in the love of art and literature, a discussion of what people can do when the world ends, superstition, and family secrets. Thank you to Netgalley and Tor Teen for copy of this book in exchange of an honest opinion.
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  • Mireille Chartier
    January 1, 1970
    This one isn’t my usual type of read. One of my goals this year for reading (and in general) is to challenge myself, get out of my comfort zone. So when I saw the synopsis for Last Girls I was intrigued and decided to give it a shot.HOLY FORKING SHIRTBALLS GUYS!!!! I didn’t know what to expect from this book when I started it but it gave me one of the biggest roller coaster ride of the year. From the very first chapter, it grabbed my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very en This one isn’t my usual type of read. One of my goals this year for reading (and in general) is to challenge myself, get out of my comfort zone. So when I saw the synopsis for Last Girls I was intrigued and decided to give it a shot.HOLY FORKING SHIRTBALLS GUYS!!!! I didn’t know what to expect from this book when I started it but it gave me one of the biggest roller coaster ride of the year. From the very first chapter, it grabbed my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.Last Girls is the story of the Juniper sisters that live in a prepper compound. It is told in the POV of the eldest of three sisters, Honey Juniper. You will find a couple of chapters in between in another POV. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t talk about them except to tell you I really enjoyed them and thought they brought so much more to the book. Back to the sisters. Honey was an amazing character. Being the eldest she is always looking out for her siblings. No matter what happens she will always put their well-being first. As we read more about their story you start to see what brought this behaviour on and just how deep their bond is. Along with her sisters Blue and Birdie, Honey is the weird kid at her school. I mean living in a compound and prepping for doomsday will probably do the trick for that. But even if she seems to fully adhere to the prepper ways you could see the duality in Honey between maintaining the safety of the compound and her wish to fit in at school. Though the Juniper sisters are sometimes isolated in their own community not having been brought up there but coming in as outsiders.This was my first book and contact really with the prepper mentality. The way the community is explained it sounded almost more like a cult to me then anything. I guess it probably is in a way. I don’t know how close the book is to reality but oh my gosh my brain can’t wrap itself around some things.But Last Girls wasn’t just a book about preppers and when shit will hits the fan, for me it had also a lot of heart. The unconditional love that the sisters have for each other transpires through the story. It’s the kind of book that you didn’t expect to hit you in the feels but when it does you can’t help but love it so much more. It is so hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. There were so many twists and turns. Some of the twists I saw coming and some I didn’t but it didn’t matter if some parts were predictable because it was so captivating.
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