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After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson SPOILER book review

REVIEWER NOTE: *I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible but I’m afraid in some cases I would have to discuss some points that cannot be spoiler avoided*

And another Inky Awards book finished!! Yay! Only 3 more on the 2019 Gold Inky Longlist to go! Look although I am not a judge anymore(I was in 2018), I still want to be involved in the Inky Awards, I really did enjoy my time doing it that I decided to read the whole 2019 list! I have to admit I already read more than half of them, but I decided to read the ones I haven’t heard of nor read before. I heard of Lili Wilkinson’s novel After the Lights Go Out before and was interested in it for a long time. I thought now was a great time to try it out and review it.

The premise of it was interesting: doomsday preppers. I don’t really watch any dystopian movies nor books centred around this idea so this was my first real glimpse into their lives and what preppers do. (of course I have heard of preppers but I never learnt more than the obvious that they are preparing for “The End of the World” and invasions) but this I found fascinating to read. I picked it up and started reading.

Yes there was an extremely descriptive description of preppers do and a realistic insight into their preparations. At times however I found it slow and boring and found that the romance between Pru and Mateo was completely unnecessary I didn’t see any chemistry and honey it sucked it was more like *sees boy walking past* “You’ll do” 

And don’t get me started on my dangerous desire to literally kill every single character! Especially Grace and “Dad.” Don’t read on if you don’t want spoilers but the whole thing with Grace killing her sister because she wanted to BE her sister and the whole fact that she got Blythe’s boyfriend as well was a big fat no with my feels. AND THE FACT THAT PRU FORGIVEN GRACE FOR DOING THAT? Yep nope. I thought it was going so well UNTIL THAT HAPPENED. And the whole thing with the dad at the end? Her dad was in caps crazy especially for what he did he literally wanted all this to happen!! 

And there was a big loophole I noticed, with the “agents” many characters were concerned about them but it was never talked about again. AND I DON’T KNOW WHY IT WOULD’VE MADE THE BOOK HEAPS BETTER!!! But it just didn’t happen which was a bit upsetting. What made the book really good though was Wilkinson’s writing which I found beautiful and descriptive and the LGBTQ+ rep!! WOOO!!!

All in all, it was fun just a few things that didn’t agree with me.



inky Centre for Youth Literature

Thanks sylvs! Love that you're still supporting the Inkys!

15th May, 19

My pleasure! I've read most of the longlist before the longlist was announced I just thought I might read all twenty books. I also thought about reading as many #loveozya books I can find :D

15th May, 19