by Demetra Brodsky
Published by Tor Teen
Releasing on May 5th, 2020
YA FICTION—Contemporary, Thriller
Demetra Brodsky’s Last Girls is a twisting, suspenseful YA thriller about sisterhood, survival, and family secrets set in the world of doomsday prepping.
No one knows how the world will end.
On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.
Prepare for every situation.
But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain.
Nowhere is safe.
*I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS TOUR. THIS DOESN’T AFFECT MY OPINION*
This book was a WHIRLWIND of emotions. It felt like, every time I got to take a breath, something new popped up to steal my surprise. And I LOVED that.
To begin with, this book had some really great qualities. I loved the aspect of sisterhood and how it took priority over every relationship that came along. The plot was really interesting, and it really was well crafted. Not to mention, the characters were very well developed!! I especially liked the parts with action in them, as they were written really well.
However, with good qualities also comes some bad ones.
For one, the dialogue was pretty weird in some parts. Some of the characters went off and monologued, and sometimes, they even said things that normal teens wouldn’t say. I found those bits to be pretty impractical and hard to follow along with.
Another thing that really got to me was Honey constantly trying to control Birdie. I could get it if she was trying to be the big, older sister looking out for her younger sister, but that wasn’t it at all. In one part, she was full-on judging Birdie for being sexually active, and I found that to be pretty weird, considering that’s actually fairly normal amongst teens today.
Lastly, I found the pacing to be kind of rough throughout multiple parts of the book. Especially in Toby’s parts.
All in all, though, I really did like this book. It was attention-grabbing, had a unique idea with multiple twists, and gave me an ending I was expecting-but-also-wasn’t if that makes sense. For that, I rate this book 3.75 stars.
DEMETRA BRODSKY loves to write twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time author. A first-generation Greek American and native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Demetra now lives in Southern California where she’s always exploring and researching, hunting for clues to things that might feed into her next book. Dive Smack, her debut novel, is a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection and (ALAN) pick.
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