I had never seen anything quite like this premise: teens raised in a community of doomsday preppers, pushed together by their parents into an engagement, trying to plot a way out.
Becca is a great character, a real girl who finds herself in an impossible situation, caught between wanting to get herself free...and not wanting to leave her little sister behind as the community's beliefs seem to spiral towards disaster. I found myself rooting for her, and aching along with her as she tried to figure out how to something no teenager should have to do. Original, moving, and surprisingly funny!
-Gwen— From Gwen
Always be ready for the worst day of your life.
This is the mantra that Becca Aldaine has grown up with. Her family is part of a community of doomsday preppers, a neighborhood that prioritizes survivalist training over class trips or senior prom. They’re even arranging Becca’s marriage with Roy Kang, the only eligible boy in their community. Roy is a nice guy, but he’s so enthusiastic about prepping that Becca doesn’t have the heart to tell him she’s planning to leave as soon as she can earn a full ride to a college far, far away.
Then a devastating accident rocks Becca’s family and pushes the entire community, including Becca’s usually cynical little sister, deeper into the doomsday ideology. With her getaway plans thrown into jeopardy, the only person Becca can turn to is Roy, who reveals that he’s not nearly as clueless as he’s been pretending to be.
When Roy proposes they run away together, Becca will have to risk everything—including her heart—for a chance to hope for the best instead of planning for the worst.
— School Library Journal, starred review
"It’s not the end of the world, but it’s high drama nonetheless."
— Kirkus Reviews