by Sarah Perlmutter
Release Date: 12/15/14
Summary from Goodreads:
After a series of blasts force Beatrice Hicks and her family into their prepper bunker, they emerge to discover they are among the survivors of a nuclear apocalypse. Fighting against rogue groups and coping with deaths are just some of the adjustments Beatrice must make to survive, but how will she maintain her humanity after the blast?
Praise for THE BLAST:
“This is the most impressive and heartfelt apocalypse story I’ve ever read in my life!”
“A real tour de force… [It’s] refreshing to have a YA book which focuses on the important things in a person’s life – family, love and death.”
“What a beautiful story. A wonderful look at the human ability to survive, rebuild, and grow through survival.”
“One of the best post-apocalypse stories I have read.”
“This book easily stacks up against my favourites and has an originality that many books seem to lack these days. [The] writing style is impeccable and this book is utterly breathtaking!”
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Most post-apocalyptic books I have read are a bit more gloomy and doomy. Yes, I just said doomy. I found this story incredibly refreshing due to the focus on familial relationships, hope after heartache and the struggle of survival after everything has been destroyed in the nuclear blast. The growth that Beatrice experiences as her innocence is stolen due to the necessity of defending her family was moving. I admired her strength and her fortitude as she learned to face death with unflinching determination, and to recognize that death isn't necessarily as final as some might think.
Her ability to welcome love in her life after so much loss is inspiring simply because it is natural to fear such attachments after enduring so much loss. The love interest in this book is a loveable and lighthearted addition to the developing story line. I found the writing to be poetic in nature and the pacing exceptional. I highly recommend this novel to those interested in perfectly imperfect happily ever afters.
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