Last Girls

Tor Teen. May 2020. 368p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250256522.
Gr 9 Up–Honey Juniper is always big “R” Ready. She’s continuously conducting threat assessments of her classmates and teachers. Her EDC (Every Day Carry) is by her side and packed with a multi-tool and bulletproof vest. She’s prepared for everything, including TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World As We Know It). For Honey and her sisters, Birdie and Blue, this is their normal. They live on a secret compound deep in the woods of the small town of Elkwood, WA, with other doomsday preppers. Meanwhile, Toby, a street artist in San Diego, leaves messages around town. He’s trying to solve a mystery that has been haunting him. On a stormy evening years ago, his sisters went missing and he hasn’t stopped blaming himself for their disappearance. Brodsky weaves a suspenseful tale reflective of the current political landscape, interwoven with Shakespearean subtext. Some scenarios feel too extreme and over the top, and are still not enough to pull readers in. Ultimately, this is a story of survival and figuring out who to trust in a world where the characters have been taught to trust no one.
VERDICT Reminiscent of reality shows like American Preppers. Purchase where realistic thrillers circulate well.

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