Review of Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky (earc)

 

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Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

No one knows how the world will end.

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.

Prepare for every situation.

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:

Nowhere is safe.

Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Tor Teen

 

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Last Girls had a great pace and it was so hard to put down.  I figured out the mystery very early on, but I had no idea how it was going to play out.

 

Most of the chapters are in Honey’s point of view.  She’s the oldest of the Juniper sisters.  The three girls live with their mom in Washington.  They’re preppers and they live in a compound type area.  The girls drive to school, but they aren’t supposed to get close to any outsiders.  Their lives have been full of rules they must follow to be safe if things go wrong.  One of Honey’s rules is that they always stay together.  Honey, Birdie, and Blue are very close and very different.  Honey is smart and loyal, but she also questions things.  Birdie is more impulsive and is in love with a boy at The Nest and Burrow.  Blue is odd.  But in a good way.  She has these weird sentences that come to her and she says them out loud.  They rarely make sense, but it’s more like psychic premonitions.  I loved Blue so much.  All three girls are artists.  Blue embroiders, Birdie draws comics of their old imaginary friend, Bucky, and Honey paints.

 

Things go wrong at school one day and it draws attention to the prepper kids.  A boy, Remy, has always paid attention to Honey, but now he really starts talking to her.  He tries to get her to open up and that’s the one thing she isn’t supposed to do.  She even becomes friends with Shawna and Brian.  It’s the first time Honey has had any bonds to anyone outside her group.  They moved around a lot when she was younger and then they ended up a part of The Nest.  After that, everything was a secret.  Honey also started trusting one of her teachers.

 

There are chapters from another POV.  It’s a boy in San Diego and you find out more about him later on.  I loved his chapters though.  And not just because he talked about my favorite place.  I really liked him and his friend.

 

There is a lot about preppers in the book that I didn’t know about.  The focus really is on the Juniper sisters and family though.  I loved the bond these girls had.  Even when they fought about things, they still showed so much love.  Remy was a standout to me and I would seriously love a book about him.

 

I gave this  book 4  1/2 stars rounded up to 5.  Thank you to the author for getting me an earc through Netgalley.

 

Warnings for suicide, death, killing of animals for food, drugs (not taken intentionally), loss of family, and blood/stitches.  There is also a lot of talk of current US politics.

 

Have you read Last Girls yet?  Is it on your TBR?

 

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Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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