Instructions for the End of the World: A Novel by Jamie KainInstructions for the End of the World: A Novel by Jamie Kain

Instructions for the End of the World: A Novel

byJamie Kain

Hardcover | September 30, 2016

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He prepared their family for every natural disaster known to man-except for the one that struck.

When Nicole Reed's father forces her family to move to a remote area of the Sierra Foothills, one without any modern conveniences, it's too much too handle for her mother, who abandons them in the middle of the night. Heading out to track her down, Nicole's father leaves her in charge of taking care of the house and her younger sister, Izzy. For a while, Nicole is doing just fine running things on her own. But then the food begins to run out, the pipes crack, and forest fires start slowly inching their way closer every day. Wolf, a handsome boy from the neighboring community, offers to help her when she needs it most, but when she starts to develop feelings for him, feelings she knows she will never be allowed to act on once her father returns, she must make a decision. With her family falling apart, will she choose to continue preparing for tomorrow's disasters, or will she take a chance and really start living for today?

Jamie Kain's Instructions for the End of the World is a gripping, young adult novel that explores family, friendship, and love in the midst of the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.

JAMIE KAIN grew up in Kentucky but has had a nomadic adulthood. She is now settled in Sacramento, California with her husband and three children. Wherever she goes, her devoted writing and jogging partner, a pit bull mix named Reno, can nearly always be found at her side. She is also the author of The Good Sister.
Title:Instructions for the End of the World: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.51 × 5.79 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:8.51 × 5.79 × 0.88 inPublished:September 30, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250047862

ISBN - 13:9781250047861


Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK read This book is incredibly short (you could definitely finish it in one day) and I think it would have been better if it went more in depth. I liked the characters, I just felt as though this book barely scratched the surface of them. While I did enjoy reading this book, I'm not sure what the "point" or purpose of it was. It is a simple, easy read, so if you're looking for something like that, this would be good. Just prepare to be slightly unfulfilled at the end.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Instructions... It's an interesting read, but at the same time I wasn't very invested. Still enjoyed it overall.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoy it. Feel how relatable it is. Instructions for the End of the World had the most interesting, promising plot that could ever exist. I have read Jamie Kain's The Good Sister, but to be quite honest, this beauty (with a gorgeous cover) shunned it. I feel so connected to this adventurous survival story that makes so much sense for anyone in any situation. Because of all of the events that occurred in the book, I feel like I'm stuck in this story, that the characters are continuing to follow me and that Nicole and Wolf are still staying strong in their own world. Jamie Kain's newest is like a flashback to everything that my mind ever wanted or predicted that contemporary novels will have. This novel is very short but uplifting and entertaining. The cover is gorgeous, showing the absolute meaning and themes that Kain was trying to present to readers. The survival, intriguing themes that are presented mean so much for this kind of story. The characters are realistic, and a big part of the book is focused on the importance of family, friendship and staying positive. "Today is the day that will go down in history as the day when everything started to suck. No, actually, suck is a completely inadequate word for what this day has done to my sense of the universe being a fair and nonretarded place." (27) Instructions for the End of the World's title especially made sense. We have a tale of two sisters, a sisterhood, that especially forms when the characters needed each other the most. Isabel and Nicole are stuck alone, in the middle of the woods, with just a few rules to help them out, thanks to their paranoid secretive dad who went out to look for their mother. Nicole and Isabel could represent you. For sure. The sisters had two distinct personalities that either could or could not be similar to you. I adored Isabel more, with her negative attitude and complaining, to be honest. NOT THAT I SUPPORT WHINING. She seemed able to be compared to a teenager (which I am) and her character was put in the perfect situation. I wanted something to happen more with a romance in her case, but I do guess that Nicole got that advantage. As I had the same issue with Kain's novel last time, the story was not moving. Jamie Kain is an excellent author who knows how to captivate readers, but that is just about it. Through most of the book, everything seemed dragging, and when one thing was great, the other was not. It truly had its ups and downs, but mostly ups.
Date published: 2017-01-23

Editorial Reviews

"[Nicole's] struggle to reconcile her upbringing with the increasingly apparent costs of isolation is genuine and compelling." -The Horn Book Magazine"Told in first-person accounts, Kain nimbly weaves together contrasts in personality and philosophy. Her insight extends beyond respect for her maturing characters to her readers, who will find themselves deeply empathizing with the Reeds during their transformative summer." -Booklist