Title: Last Girls
Author: Demetra Brodsky
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Suspense/Thriller, Realistic Fiction
Content Warnings: Physical violence, mentions of murder, graphic details about wounds/violence
Publication date: May 5, 2020
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 received an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Tor Teen!
When I requested Last Girls on NetGalley, I had little to no idea what it was about. I just knew that the cover enticed me and that it was about sisters and survival. Little did I know that it will become one of my favorites this 2020!
Last Girls is a wonderfully written story that will take you for a thrilling ride, keep you on your toes, and surprise you until the end. It’s brilliant!
My thoughts on Last Girls
First of all, let me just say that all throughout the book, I kept thinking, “This would look so good as a movie!” or “Damn, I want to see this as a movie.”. Now that I think about it, I believe it’s because Last Girls has a unique and palpable suspense that will have the readers (or the viewers!) hold their breaths or clutch the armrest or send their minds reeling. From start to finish, the author managed to project that same suspense and tension onto me as the reader.
The characters were amazing, and not just the Juniper sisters, but the minor characters as well! Honey, Birdie, and Blue are tight knit; these sisters would do everything to stay together. I loved Honey’s protectiveness and determination, Birdie’s passion and spontaneity were something to behold, and Blue’s clairvoyance and calmness completed their dynamic relationship. As for the minor characters, Remy was just the sweetest, Ansel was a good guy caught up in a messy situation, and Toby’s determination added to the heartfelt touch of the story.
The plot was easy to follow, and it was also mysterious, suspenseful, and exciting! The Juniper sisters and their mother are preppers—people who are actively preparing for the end of the world every day. They just didn’t expect that the real and immediate danger would come from within their compound, and that’s where it gets interesting. I loved all the foreshadowing, tiny revelations, and little mysteries in this book! The author did such a good job with them, and I was always thinking about all those tiny details or I kept going back to certain parts of the book to confirm my suspicions and theories. I was so invested in them and it blew my mind every time I come across a plot twist or revelation.
I also loved the writing style of this book and the way the story was told. The story was mostly told in Honey’s perspective, but there were also a few chapters featuring Toby. At first, you might get confused and it may take a little while to build up, but the two perspectives will connect and the story line will have a whole new meaning. Best of all is that, at the core of Last Girls is the importance of family and sticking together no matter what. I loved that.
Quotes from the book
“The things we don’t know will become the things we knew all along.”
“Our eyes don’t always see what our hearts know,” Blue says.
I think it’s important to think for yourself when making art. That way you’re leaving a mark as uniquely yours as your own fingerprints.
*Note that these quotes were taken from an advance reader’s copy and may differ from the final copy.
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5 stars for this awesome book! Also, I just really, really, really, want to see this as movie. So good!
How about you guys? Have you heard of Last Girls already? Is it in your TBRs? Tell me in the comments!