Genre: Science Fiction
Synopsis: They wanted to party like it was their last night on earth. They just might get their wish…
Meet the four most unlikely heroes ever:
Teena McAuley: Queen Bee, first-class problem solver, resident heartbreaker.
Leo Starnick: UFO conspirator, pizza delivery boy, all-around slacker.
Evan Brighton: Baseball all-star, extreme virgin, Teena-worshipper.
Sarabeth Lewis: Straight-A student, weekend hermit, enemy of the color pink.
When Teena locks Leo, Evan, and Sarabeth in the basement during her biggest party of the year, she doesn’t plan on getting trapped in the Loser Dungeon herself. She can barely imagine a night with these dweebs—let alone a lifetime. But when an alien invasion destroys their entire Midwestern suburb, it looks like these unlikely friends are the last people on earth. Now, it’s up to them to save the world….
200words (or less) review: This book is like a movie, complete with voice-over. A ridiculous over-the-top story about four teenagers battling an alien invasion with gun, body-glitter – oh and spandex.
It works as long as you go with it.
The End of the World as We Know It is narrated as third-person, alternating between the four protagonists. Teena (Miss Popular), Sarabeth (the smart one), Evan (star athlete) and Leo (stoner). Iva-Marie Palmer does elaborate on those stereotypes, for example Evan and his religious stepfather. While on the surface it’s all straight forward I liked that Iva-Marie Palmer didn’t make it completely predictable.
There is character growth, plus the girls lead equally (if not more) as the boys. The group dynamics work and I liked the little bit of romance.
So if you’re in the mood for an otherworldly-cheesy-epic-adventure read, grab some popcorn because The End of the World as We Know is for you.
Now for the credits 😉