Release Date: 12/15/14
Summary from Goodreads:
After a series of blasts force Beatrice Hicks and her family into their prepper bunker, they emerge to discover they are among the survivors of a nuclear apocalypse. Fighting against rogue groups and coping with deaths are just some of the adjustments Beatrice must make to survive, but how will she maintain her humanity after the blast?
Praise for THE BLAST:
“This is the most impressive and heartfelt apocalypse story I’ve ever read in my life!”
“A real tour de force… [It’s] refreshing to have a YA book which focuses on the important things in a person’s life – family, love and death.”
“What a beautiful story. A wonderful look at the human ability to survive, rebuild, and grow through survival.”
“One of the best post-apocalypse stories I have read.”
“This book easily stacks up against my favourites and has an originality that many books seem to lack these days. [The] writing style is impeccable and this book is utterly breathtaking!”
The Blast is quite different from most YA post apocalyptic stories in that it told a realistic story from start to finish. Sarah Perlmutter touches on the after effects of nuclear warfare for the average unsuspecting person. I read this book in one sitting and I was hooked. In today's world, The Blast hits on genuine fears, which made it all the more terrifying reality.
It was really interesting to read in the acknowledgements that The Blast is actually the prequel to the story she was writing. The Blast could have been fleshed out more for character development, but other than that I thought it was great. Sarah Perlmutter paced this story quite well in that it is rather slow compared to the typical YA, but it worked so well. The Blast is a transitional genre novel in that it starts out as MG moving to YA and ending in a mixture of NA/Adult. It is rare to see eight years of a characters life in one book, but Sarah wrote it very compellingly. Sarah Perlmutter encapsulates the immediacy of what life would be life during a nuclear apocalypse. After they got past the environment and the fallout, the real conflict were The Nomads.
I am very interested in reading about Isla's, Beatrice's daughter, story. In The Blast, Beatrice stays in one place for the entire book. I am excited to see the world expand and find out more about what actually happened.
The Blast wasn't what I was expected. I very much enjoyed this book. I haven't read much dystopian and post-apocalyptic lately, but reading The Blast makes me want to dive back into this genre. I can't wait to read more from Sarah Perlmutter. I hope you decide to check this book out!
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