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Book Review: Happy Doomsday by David Sosnowski

The end of the world is the weirdest time to come of age.

Welcome to the end of the world. One minute, people are going about their lives, and the next—not. In the wake of the inexplicable purge, only a handful of young misfits remains.

When it all went down, “Wizard of Odd” Dev Brinkman was seeking shelter from the taunts of his classmates. Goth girl Lucy Abernathy had lost her best friend and had no clue where to turn. And Twinkie-loving quarterback “Marcus” Haddad was learning why you never discuss politics and religion in polite company—or online.

As if life when you’re sixteen isn’t confusing enough, throw in the challenges of postapocalyptic subsistence, a case of survivor’s guilt turned up to seven billion, and the small task of rebuilding humankind…

No one said doomsday would be a breeze. But for Dev, Lucy, and Marcus, the greatest hope—and greatest threat—will come when they find each other.

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2/5

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.

So here was the thing about this book: I honestly thought that the end of the world would be way more exciting.

This book had a really cool concept, and I was curious to see what sort of chaos that they kids got up to while left in the world completely alone. But nothing really exciting happened at all. They just survived and dealt with little things that came up. That might be realistic, but it didn’t make for a particularly interesting read. Zombies might have helped spice it up a bit.

The Good Points of Happy Doomsday:

The characters were well done and developed, especially Dev. That was one thing I thought this book did well was build the characters. They were all unique and had strong voices throughout the story.

Though nothing really happened, the pace of nothing happening was good. Does that make sense? Things that did happen progressed quickly enough that you find yourself still reading and curious to see if you just need to wait one more chapter.

This book was very realistic to how the end of the world would probably go if this were the situation. It may not be super interesting, but it is nice to see the end of humanity without all the sensationalization.

The Downsides of Happy Doomsday:

This book was kind of boring. Nothing happened for so long, which might be true to real life, but doesn’t make for an interesting read.

This book was so painfully and ridiculously American that it was hilarious. I was surprised that American politics were so relevant beyond the apocalypse, and all the snide comments really took away from the story and left me rolling my eyes.

The cover is terrible. A complete matter of opinion, but it doesn’t inspire confidence in the story.

There were lots of unnecessary descriptions of rotting corpses and animal abuse. I get that it’s part of the universe, but it wasn’t really necessary to discuss. We know it’s like that, there’s no reason to be vulgar about it.

All in all, this one wasn’t for me. It felt like a book of filler without much of a plot, though it was surprisingly easy to get through. If you like unique post-apocalyptic stories or character driven novels, you should definitely check out Happy Doomsday!

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