BLOG TOUR (Review): Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (May 5, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250256526
ISBN-13: 978-1250256522

Praise for LAST GIRLS

“A riveting, pulse-pounding story about family, love, and what happens when the end of the world turns out to be the beginning. I loved the fierce, funny, and fantastic Juniper sisters.” ―Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

“ABAO: All bets are off in this intense, action-packed thriller. Last Girls is both a sister story with heart and a deep-dive into Doomsday Prepper culture that will keep you up all night turning pages.” ―Kelly deVos, author of Day Zero

“Last Girls is a harrowing view into a world where sisterly bonds are sealed in blood, and doomsday is only a breath away. Demetra Brodsky’s portrayal of three girls living on the fringes of society, learning to question authority, identity, and the definition of family, kept me riveted until the final page.” ―Gillian French, Edgar Award nominated author of The Missing Season and The Lies They Tell

“Tense and compulsively readable. . . I won’t be forgetting the Juniper sisters any time soon.” ―Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders

“This gripping thriller laced with dark family secrets had me tearing through the pages. …. prepare to stay up late reading this one!” ―Emmy Laybourne, international bestselling author of the Monument 14 trilogy

“Brodsky weaves a suspenseful tale reflective of the current political landscape, interwoven with Shakespearean subtext . . . this is a story of survival and figuring out who to trust in a world where the characters have been taught to trust no one.” ―School Library Journal

“[this] effective mix of mystery, romance, and strong, capable young women is a real page-turner and will send fans back to Brodsky’s first novel, Dive Smack (2018).” ―Booklist

Cover Artist: Dana Lédlová

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.

Train 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.

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I received a copy of Last Girls for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
The sheer fact of not getting a lot of information in the blurb is what caught my attention. I had a few suspicions as to what the book was going to be about. After all, it mentions a prepper compound and the end of the world. Of course I would think about the inner politics of a compound being the big thing.
Suffice to say that first impressions can be deceiving. And that is also the case inside the book. You think one thing about a character and another thing pops up instead, leaving the reader in a suspense-filled book all the while trying to grapple with the high energy of a compound and the disturbing current events around the world.
This is probably not a book to be reading when you are having a rather stressful quarantine, but that isn’t to say the book is bad. Oh no. Demetra Brodsky weaved a good story with great pacing all the while insisting that the arts are equally as important as survival skills. Which, actually, is very much what is going on today. So many artists are coming out of the woodwork because of being stuck at home.
I don’t know if Brodsky saw this coming and wrote a story with similar themes about today, but I applaud her.
Honey was a bit rough around her edges, but as the story goes not only does she begin to soften, but the reader begins to see her as who she is. Each Juniper sister had a quality to them that made them different but also connected them in a way that only being family can. And I want to add, I absolutely love how Shakespeare is played into this and the more I think about it, the more I see how Brodsky really wove it in. I’d say something, but it’s a spoiler, but oh man, it has my desire to analyze.
I am definitely going to be reading more from Demetra Brodsky.
Final Rating: a solid 4/5
Photo Content from Demetra Brodsky

DEMETRA BRODSKY loves to write twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time. A first-generation Greek American and native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Demetra now lives in Southern California where she’s always exploring and researching, hunting for clues that might feed into her next book. Dive Smack, her debut YA Thriller, was a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, and an (ALAN) Pick (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE).



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