After The Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson and Why It's My Favourite Apocalypse Book
Hello Fellow Readerholics,
Sometime last year I was scouring the shelves of my school library in desperate need for new materials when my eye caught something I hadn’t seen before. This book. I picked it up and admired the pretty cover while wondering what on earth it could be about. When it was revealed to be about the apocalypse I was surprised to say the least. I think I’m beginning to like surprises…
After The Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson follows 17 year old Pru Palmer she lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe and their father, Rick. The Palmer’s are doomsday preppers. They know how to tie any knot and navigate from the stars, they have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a years supply of water. One day while Rick is at the mine, the lights go out across the town. All communication is cut and no one knows why. It doesn’t take long for their lives to unravel, people in town are starving and the bunker remains a secret. The world has changed and so have the rules. What are they to do in a world where survival is everything and family comes first?
After The Lights Go Out is certainly not your typical apocalypse book. We are so used to reading about our heroes navigating a world in which they must survive with no previous idea on how to do it. I found it refreshing that the characters in this novel were given a manual. I really enjoyed the perspective of someone who knew exactly what needed to be done in regards to the situations presented in the novel. I sometimes struggle reading other books when the main character has no idea on how to survive. That doesn’t mean that these characters don’t develop though. The main basis of this novel is the apocalypse but I also believe that our morals come into play very often. Pru is often left stumbling around in order to find a balance between what is safe and what is right. It’s a balance that isn’t easy to find when facing possible death.
I also greatly enjoyed the emotional aspect of this novel. I laughed, I cried and I certainly cringed (peanuts, anyone?) while reading the novel. I enjoyed facing the daily dilemmas of the characters whether they be completely unrealistic or fairly relatable. It brought an excellent sense of normalcy to the somewhat bizarre situation. I also really loved the relationships between the characters. Although the relationships were somewhat flawed they were definitely real and relatable to many.
I think that anyone who hasn’t read After The Lights Go Out is definitely missing something! I can’t wait for it to appear in the Inky Awards!
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