Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse by Daphne Lamb

Release Date:August, 2015
Publisher: Booktrope
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads

Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb.
As a self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped millennial, Verdell probably wouldn’t have ranked very high on the list of those most likely to survive the end of the world, but here she is anyway. Add in travelling with her work addicted boss, her boyfriend who she has “meh” feelings for, and a handful of others who had no businesses surviving as long as they have, and things aren’t exactly going as planned. But despite threats of cannibalism, infected water supplies, and possibly even mutants, Verdell is willing to put in as little effort as she can get away with to survive.


Doomsday for Dummies? Sounds funny!
But...no. I just didn't get the humor. At all. 
Maybe it's because I'm too old to think that millennial's are funny?  
No, that's not true. I laugh my ass off at those "self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped" whiners all the time. This should have had me in stitches.
Instead?


The plot had massive potential, and there were a moments that rang true, but for the most part this was just an exercise in ridiculousness.
The main problem is that Verdell isn't awful enough to be truly funny, and she isn't good enough to be anyone's idea of a heroine. She's just THERE...sucking up space on the planet. 
The quintessential oxygen thief.


And she's not the only one. Apparently, everyone on the planet is mouth-breather. 
Again, that could have been funny!


Except it wasn't!
I know the author wanted to show how the world would be if it were taken over by morons, but without at least one intelligent person left on the planet, the jokes fell flat. Without anyone who had two brain cells to rub together, there was no one to play the straight man. It was nothing but stupid, petty, idiots trying to find gluten free low-carb snacks. Or getting upset about the lack of name-brand bottled water, trying to suck up to actors, and starting lame cults.
And believe me, that sounds a hellava lot funnier than it was. 
I knew going into it that this was a tongue-in-cheek look at the apocalypse, and I was prepared for it to be somewhat corny.
I took all of that into consideration, and I tried. I really tried to get the humor. I tried to get what the author was saying. I tried to laugh at the way these people flailed around like idiots, desperately grasping at their old lives, and scrabbling around for necessities like...ChapStick.
What's trending? Twitter + Armageddon = Catty Post-It Notes.
Har. Har. Har. Har.



This was a great idea with poor execution, but I can't bring myself to give it one star, because there were solid moments sprinkled in with all the dumbassery. Unfortunately, that's about the nicest thing I can say. However, this is a debut novel, so I'm not giving up on this author yet.
Also, there were quite a few reviewers who loved this one, so check out what some of the other people thought before you make up your mind.


3 comments:

Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

The title sounded so interesting. Sorry it didn't work out.

Anne Hannah said...

Thanks. I just wasn't the right audience for it, I guess. I had a few friends on Goodreads that liked it, though.

Olivia-Savannah said...

Eh, sorry that this one wasn't what you were hoping it would be at all and couldn't even be funny enough. It's a shame that no characters stood out enough either...

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