Unnatural Disasters

352p. Clarion. Jan. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544999169.
Gr 8 Up—Lucy lived for the thrill of watching horror movies; little did she know she would soon have to live through one. While enduring normal teenage rites of passage, such as prom, Lucy sees the world (in 2049) change literally with one text on her phone. What ensues is a tale of love, loss, anger, despair and utter confusion. Lucy maintains her self-assurance and identity through obstacles of epic proportions. Hirsch portrays his characters in vivid reality, where readers can feel each emotion the characters possess. Teenage angst is nothing in comparison to being a part of the end of the world. The instabilities in the government and countries of the world lead to a teenage girl quickly having to become an adult. Young adult readers will be kept in suspense throughout as questions, mysteries, and revelations are slowly divulged even up to the last page.
VERDICT Purchase where Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is popular.

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