The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse Author: Daphne Lamb
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: August 11th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic
Synopsis: Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb. As a self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped millennial, Verdell probably wouldn’t have ranked very high on the list of those most likely to survive the end of the world, but here she is anyway. Add in travelling with her work addicted boss, her boyfriend who she has “meh” feelings for, and a handful of others who had no businesses surviving as long as they have, and things aren’t exactly going as planned. But despite threats of cannibalism, infected water supplies, and possibly even mutants, Verdell is willing to put in as little effort as she can get away with to survive.
Why Use The Apocalypse As A Setting?
There’s a lot being said and written about the Apocalypse these days and maybe its because no one really feels in control of where we’re going and the news seems to be getting grimmer by the day. Whatever the case, it breeds a lot of discussion as to what we really hold important and if we could actually survive in a world where all the settings have been reset.
A few years back, I went on a Habitat for Humanity trip to Belfast. I was mostly excited about going to Northern Ireland and didn’t really take into account how useful I’d be on a worksite. I was a soft, unathletic couch potato who figured building a house was just a matter of putting some nails in wood. I discovered I was incredibly wrong as throughout the day I would get taken off tasks and get demoted into simpler ones. By six o’clock, I was in charge of putting water in a bucket and I realized that I had no actual skills and if there was a time when I would need to survive in a world without the basic comforts of the 21st century, I would be screwed.
From there, The Girls Guide to the Apocalypse was born. With that perspective, I was watching those closest to me and wondering how they would fare if something dramatic enough were to happen to render them useless without their phone or car, or even a Starbucks to walk to for their daily fix.
If you do a simple Google search on “survival” or “survival tips” you’re going to get a lot of sort of doomsday prep that involves stocking up on guns and canned goods and some frightening drawings of how to pull out your own teeth. The lazy part of me read these articles and instead of being interested and motivated, my immediate thought was, “This sounds too hard.” There are some that would feel different, but as I covertly interviewed those around me I discovered that I was not alone in my apathy to actual skills in living in a world that wasn’t comfortable anymore. To me, that was a story worth exploring.
How long can you go without your daily routine before you’re happy to accept the change? What kind of person will you turn into? We’d all like to think we’ll become better people who learn how to appreciate the simple things, but not all of us will get so lucky. I still don’t want to live in an apocalypse, but I’m willing to learn what lessons it has to teach me.
Daphne Lamb was raised in the wilds of Colorado and now resides in a very different wilderness known as Los Angeles. She is a comedian and award winning writer who has worked in television, film and video games. In her spare time, she enjoys collecting comic books, discussing awesomely bad movies and thinks about what it would be like to own a cat.
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