[Meg Little Reilly] ↠´ We Are Unprepared [organizational-culture PDF] Ebook Epub Download Þ Reilly hooks the reader with a terrifying, all too real possibility, and from that point on the book is just about impossible to put down And just for the record, I would last about 3.
5 hours in any type of emergency situation.
My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin US Canada MIRA for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.
Slight spoilers follow.
none of the characters were likable, all were pretty much dumb and in a real life end of time event, they would have all died And I would have cheered I had to keep checking that this book was written by a woman, as the MC s wife was written as manic pixie dream girl all grown up , but not mature I THINK she was supposed to have an un treated mental disorder, but she mentioned to her husband in than one fight that she was crazy had issue wasn t normal, etc I m not sure how mental illness works, but does the person who has it realize that they do And if they do, would they rather not do anything about it I think she was just really selfish with a side of immaturity and inability to adult properly and used mental illness as an excuse to do whatever she wanted The whole not wanting to help August and do something her husband really wanted to do, for once in their relationship kinda clinched it for me.
Her husband thinks incredibly poorly of her the entire time we are in his head which is a pretty horrible place to be, btw , so it should come as NO surprise that they barely act like roommates who use each other for physical release and that their marriage doesn t seem like one I can t even say it disintegrates throughout the course of the book, because the reader never gets to see it whole or even partially whole And the MC s whole flip flop over wanting to have kids was a complete head scratcher, especially since it was supposed to be the end of life as we know it and he wants to bring a baby into that, when before he just wanted it to be him and his f buddy, I mean wife So both MCs were pretty horrible The rest of the characters were all stupid and antagonistic, rather than pulling together for the greater good and survival of as many people as possible Kind of depressing, because that s probably how it will go down, should the end of times occur.
I was hoping this would be of a prepper and survival book, not an internal monologue and drama of two children trapped in the body of grown adults It was written well, but it just didn t work for me And when I peeked at the end and saw the cheating, I was DONE I don t care how lousy things are with your spouse, fix them or end the marriage, THEN sleep around after it is done NOTHING excuses cheating, not even the end of the world as you know it Skipped from page 197 to 336 and that scene made me decide I didn t need to read the rest of this book 2 stars because I didn t hate it and I will sell it to someone looking for apocalypse lite with a huge helping of drama, but not something I will go out of my way to recommend.
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren I liked this book than I thought I would A couple moves to Isole, Vermont from Brooklyn, New York Ash is from Vermont, Pia is not They both like the idea of simple living On the day they find out conceiving a child will be work then they guessed, the world also learns about a super storm coming soon to reek havoc on New England The Storm, as it comes to be known, spreads fear and panic throughout New England Pia and Ash has different views on how to best prepare themselves Pia joins a group of preppers and Ash becomes a local government tool to help the town get ready.
The Storm is only the backdrop of this story Ash is the main character and his POV is all we get Ash thinks through what to do with the information he is given He is smart, but not too smart Also he doesn t have a bunch of great survival abilities, most of that comes from Pia Ash and Pia are new to Vermont, so they don t have many ties to the community They both join groups, much opposed to each other, and this creates a divide in their marriage.
At first, I really liked Ash and Pia together She is a little quirky and Ash really loves that about her They both want to leave less of a carbon footprint and Vermont is the perfect place for people like them Ash and Pia are like Yuppies Hippies living in the country for the first time in their marriage Vermont is also the perfect place for people that have been there forever and religious fanatics I thought there were both hanging with some dark characters but they all end up with a common goal, keep what they have and survive The Storm.
The Storm was horrifying little addition to this story In this reality, global warming has forced mother earth into action The Storm is a combination of monster hurricane and winter storm bigger than anything the planet has ever seen Ash and Pia decide to prepare as best they can and hunker down at home Pia is filled with excitement and Ash is filled with fear Ash watches in horror as Pia obsesses over her preparations The small town in Vermont is the perfect place for The Storm to do the most damage to people that put pride in the land they live on They are all survivalists of some sort.
The question becomes, how does anyone prepare for The Storm.
The story moves at a great pace I was sucked in right away I loved all the characters that Ash interacts with, especially the little boy from next door The author did a great job to shine a light on global warming without pointing fingers at who is to blame This timely adventure had me captivated a than a little horrified The author s note at the end is worth reading I highly recommend this book I m finished and thank goodness for that If I had had to read any of this writing, I would have plucked out my eyeballs I m not sure why this book is getting so many rave reviewsall I can think is that the reviewers connect with these protagonist s or the style of writing and maybe I am just too old to understand, empathize with, or connect with protagonists like this selfish, silly, stupid, whiny, possibly suffering a variety of mental illnesses, entitled, bratty, and did I already say stupid etc Since the first third or of the book was back story and very boring except to lay the foundation of the Ash and Pias flaws This was a good thing because it explains so much later on in the book The back story also explains that this couple had just been playing at being Vermonter s, and nearly deserved what they got Yes, they were THAT unlikable.
The next third of the book I don t even know if I could explain it it just bogs down Slow and clumsily written The sad thing is that the concept was such a good one, but in my opinion, the author tried to be too literary fancy schmancy with it Too much introspection on the male protagonists part, not enough battening down the hatches preparing and waiting for THE STORM I m from New England, and this book was insulting to me ARC supplied by publisher We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly is a story set in Vermont about a broken relationship and an impending superstorm It s either so so or recommended, depending upon what you can personally tolerate in a disaster climate change politically preachy bad relationship needy neighborhood child debut novel.
Ash and Pia have moved from Brooklyn to Isole, Vermont, a town of 6,481 people Their desire is to live a simpler life, sort of return to the land and rely on themselves After being there for 3 months, the forecast of the impending disastrous superstorm is predicted, with as many as 30 hurricanes along with heatwaves, blizzards, drought, and fronts of various kinds It s a climate change believer s dream, or er, natural expected outcome based on scientifically proven measurements Pia is a neurotic mess and teams up with local preppers, which Ash didn t know until after the fact Ash wants to team up with local authorities.
The novel covers the current action, with Ash reflecting upon the past and his relationship with Pia Ash admits at over half way through the drawn out too long narrative that The truth is that Pia had always been impulsive I worked hard to see her as a passionate free spirit, but I knew she had a tenuous grasp on sanity most of the time Well, Ash, I had that figured out pretty much at the first few pages As the narrative follows the extremely slowly arriving storm predicted in Early October, hits in the Spring, and doesn t happen in the novel until chapter 19 , the marriage falls apart To be honest, they were never really together from the beginning and the only reason they had some semblance of a relationship is due to Ash s denial of Pia s mental problems and his desire to smooth things over, explain behavior away, and keep it together.
Ash s relationship and desire to help neglected 7 yr old neighborhood boy, August, is one redeeming quality to We Are Unprepared, which could have used some redeeming story lines and characters Other than that this is one you ll read for the disaster You can skim ahead for that because it happens late in the book I appreciate what Kirkus reviews said By that point, 19 chapters into the book, the reader is eager for the damn storm to occur Yup, that pretty much summarized my thoughts.
The writing is okay, nothing spectacular Ash is the only character you get to know, but he and Pia are both formulaic stereotypes of a certain segment of the population So, read this if you just want to read a disaster novel with blizzards, snow, and flooding It s akin to a sci fi channel disaster movie or at least those I noticed back when I actually had cable In fact, you could just watch a disaster movie and do just as well Those of you who have experienced huge snowfalls and then floods from Spring melting might just see this as an eh book because you ve lived it with less fanfare and hand wringing.
Disclosure My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of this one, and boy, was I glad An engaging novel from the emerging cli fi genre, We Are Unprepared is both a page turner and a warning from a talented new author I can t wait to see what s next for Meg.
As gigantic storms hit my hometown, and floodwaters rise, and storms take out trees, and lives, I read this book I picked it up at TLA.
The story starts out with a promise of some sort of problem, which must be solved about the two main characters But there are some simple flaws with the flow of the story The main character Ash leaps back in time every few pages to tell about something from a few weeks previous, a few months previous, or a few years previous He tells the story of his relationship with his wife Pia in back story It is interesting, but I found myself skipping ahead.
I loved that the town divided up into several groups, all with an agenda that didn t match the others I loved that the two main characters fall into different groups to await The Storm If this had remained the true focus of the author, it would have made a greater story The focus of the author became The Storm she even explains this in the afterword And that would have been okay, too But I m sitting here not relating at all to someone who really really doesn t get that there are other worlds besides the one centered around and in New York City I don t think the little town in Vermont was very realistic Perhaps if details and characters were given page time, it all would have hung together better My favorite scene is when he leaves the preppers group and goes to sit in the bar It was believable than any of the other bits in the book, except for Ash s relationship with August, which is touching What was the most unbelievable was the lack of story at the end, after the storm It is a telling And after a devastating storm, the after stories are where this author could have been amazing A few personal experiences and feeling about it would help Perhaps this telling and rushing to the end could be changed as this is an ARC, which leaves some room for correction.
Such an interesting read It s wonderful discussion book because there are so many questions and ideas this book puts forth for the reader to think about HOW PREPARED ARE YOU ,When or if A superstorm comes to where you live How would your community act How would your immediate family behave How ready is your state I recommend this book and enjoyed it.
Ash And Pia S Move From Brooklyn To The Bucolic Hills Of Vermont Was Supposed To Be A Fresh Start A Picturesque Farmhouse, Mindful Lifestyle, Maybe Even Children But Just Three Months In, News Breaks Of A Devastating Superstorm Expected In The Coming Months Fear Of The Impending Disaster Divides Their Tight Knit Rural Town And Exposes The Chasms In Ash And Pia S Marriage Ash Seeks Common Ground With Those Who Believe In Working Together For The Common Good Pia Teams Up With Preppers Who Want To Go Off The Grid And War With The Rest Of The Locals Over Whom To Trust And How To Protect Themselves Where Isole Had Once Been A Town Of Old Farm Families, Yuppie Transplants And Beloved Rednecks, They Divide Into Paranoid Preppers, Religious Fanatics And Government Tools