An Etiquette Guide to the End Times – Book Review



An Eiquette Guide to the End Times: A Novella
Author Maia Sepp
Publisher: Maia Sepp
89 Pages


Book Description from Amazon

There aren’t any zombies (yet), but the world is still at the brink of destruction: It’s 2028 and global warming has led to rising oceans, crazy weather, and resource scarcity. On top of that, someone just turned the Internet off. Seeing as how it’s humanity’s last chance to turn things around manners are, understandably, a bit frayed.

Bookish etiquette buff Olive O’Malley is busy microfarming her urban property and minding her own business (and her chickens) when the government comes calling. Their goal is to push the populace towards carbon-neutrality while keeping kvetching to a minimum, and they come with a proposal: transition Olive’s popular etiquette column to a radio show for the masses, and they’ll help Olive find her grandfather, who’s gone missing.

Olive doesn’t trust the hipster government officials who try to bribe her with delicious-but-probably-a-little-evil chocolate pastries, and declines their offer. (Politely, of course.) But they won’t take no for an answer, and soon Olive is knee-deep in turmoil, eco-terrorism, and missing chickens. Now she has to untangle herself from their demands and figure out how to make sure her family (and her poultry) are safe before it’s too late.

My thoughts:

I love books and movies that are apocalyptic. Especially the ones that don’t have Zombies
(although I am a big fan of The Walking Dead). An Etiquette Guide to the End Times written by Maia Sepp has no zombies but there is a cute reference to them at the end of the book.
This is a short book but it has a well developed plot. I thought the main characters were well
defined too. This is a little different from other post-apocalyptic stories I have read. Most of
them were just struggling to make it. The setting for this book is Toronto and there are people living in normal houses, if you call rationing water, hiding valuables like wine and food, and controlling livestock normal. Everything is controlled by a communistic type of government. I loved the main character, Olive. She has to fight off the controlling CORE and at the same time try to get her diabetic grandpa back home. This novella can be read in one setting and I usually don’t care for short books but this one was worth reading. I’ll be checking out other books by Sepp.

I was given this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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