Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky #bookreview #YA #thriller

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.

This book wasn’t exactly what I expected.  Yes, the girls live in a doomsday prepper compound, but there are several other plot lines that aren’t even hinted at in the description.

These sisters stick together no matter what – it’s like their mantra – and share an extraordinarily strong bond.  Each also has a distinct personality – Honey, the protector, Birdie, occasionally headstrong to a fault, and Blue, proud to be the weirdest one (and my favorite).  They’re creative in different ways with art, drawing, and sewing.  In their world, they’re taught to trust no one outside the compound and forbidden to make friends at school, play sports, or join clubs.  Their whole lives revolve around being prepared for doomsday.

The chapters alternate between Honey’s POV and Toby’s, whose identity remains a mystery for the first part of the book.  When all is revealed, that plot line is intriguing and strong enough to be a book on its own, although the reason why it occurs was a little on the weak side for me.

Remy is a sweetheart who is determined to learn more about Honey and hopefully move out of the friend zone – if he’s even allowed to be her friend.  She’s revealed little about herself and maintained her distance from him, as she’s been taught by the preppers nearly her whole life, so their sudden romance and her level of trust in him seemed out of character.

A lot is going on in this book – possible domestic terrorism, murders, undercover feds – along with what I’ve already mentioned, but it takes several pages before the action really starts.  Once it does, the plot moves along at a good pace.  If you’re a fan of YA thrillers and characters with strong survival instincts, this is a book you may enjoy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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