I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley
Nicole and Izzy, along with their mother, have been dragged out into the middle of nowhere by their father who wished to protect and prepare them for the end of the world – any sort of disaster. However, he doesn’t prepare them for the disaster closer to home – a broken family.
I loved Jamie Kain’s debut novel The Good Sister, which is why I requested Instructions for the End of the World, but unfortunately it paled in comparison. Instructions for the End of the World is a book about family, friendship, loss and love. However, it wasn’t as powerful or as moving as I expected it to be. There was also 4 different POVs which was very jarring at first, but it got better further on. I think one of the reasons why this book didn’t impact me much was because I did not really connect or feel for any of the characters, but also the story moved at a very slow pace, with little direction.
Nicole was my favourite character, and the most well written character. She was smart and really stepped up when she need too. There was a POV from a character name Laurel which actually added nothing to the story, and those words probably would have been better spent exploring Nicole and Izzy’s characters and their relationship more. One thing about this novel which irked me was how sexual abuse was sort of brushed over, by both the story and plot itself and some of the characters.
The romance was okay, but cliché sometimes, and I think the novel might have been better off without it but the relationship between the sisters be explored even more.
Overall, an okay novel, with some decent characters which would have benefited from some more depth and to be a bit more fleshed out.
MY RATING: ★★★☆☆