Author: Melissa Keil
Genre: YA contemporary
Published by: Hardie Grant Egmont
Published on: September 2014
Source: I bought it!
Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.
The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:
Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.
Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.
As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.
This book was so good my cat got jealous and sat on it.
Also he had a whinge when I took it out from under him, because I don’t know, maybe it was comfortable? Do you know how LONG it took me to find this book, though? Cats. *shakes head*
I bought this because I loved Life in Outer Space.
It’s by the same author (the excellent Melissa Keil) and it’s about nerds and Star Wars references and a really cute romance and…yeah, it was awesome. So of COURSE I wanted to read this one.
Also it’s got an excellent cover. I mean, just LOOK at it!
Awesome things in this book include:
Unique concept for a contemporary – how many contemporaries take place alongside a possible apocalypse?
And side note: Supernatural really DOES have a gif for everything.
So this was a really cool concept. I loved that it was different, that it reflected how Alba’s world was kind of ending…or that she was facing a new beginning anyway.
At a few times I found it a little hard to suspend disbelief, because these apocalyptic things happen all the time (2012, anyone?) and nobody ever pays attention to them. And major news stations certainly wouldn’t report on them. But that’s a minor quibble.
We have Alba and Grady, the two main characters, but there are also heaps of others. I don’t know how I can describe their interactions except to say they’re colourful – lots of fun references and kidding around and sexual references (of course). I loved how Alba changed all of Eddie’s swearing to “fecking.” That made me laugh.
Alba herself is awesome. YAY FOR GIRLS WITH GREAT BODY IMAGE. Alba’s not your typical kind of beautiful, but she rocks what she’s got anyway, because screw conventional beauty.
I could really relate to Alba. She’s in rural Australia, and she’s facing a choice between leaving the beautiful Eden Valley, or staying. She’s finished her last year of school and the next stop is…well, that’s the big question, isn’t it? It’s also a decision I’ll be making in a year’s time – those same worries of losing friends, making the wrong choice, the world metaphorically ending. So I really loved her character.
I’ll say no more on the matter, but trust me, it’s awesome.
Really quirky, Aussie and excellent.
It’s different. That’s what I loved about Life in Outer Space, that it’s so unique. And there are lots of Aussie-isms in there as well – a fictional show called Home Among the Gum Trees, among other things. We used to sing that song at school…give me a home among the gum trees…with lots of plum trees…a sheep or two and a kangaroo…
Okay I’ll stop now.