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3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  368 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Phillip’s sophomore year is off to a rough start. One of his best friends ditches him for a group of douchebags. His track coach singles him out for personalized, torturous training sessions. And his dad decides to clean out all of the emergency supplies from the basement, even though the world could end in disaster at any moment... and even though those supplies are all P...more
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse
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I have the same sort of relationship with God as I do with Customer Service representatives. I don't really think of Him much until I have a problem, but when I do, I expect Him to answer my call, take down my complaint and solve it immediately.

I cannot in all fairness give this book a rating, because I am far from being the intended audience for a book of this sort. Firstly, I am an agnost. Secondly, I am made severely uncomfortable by religious literature of any sort. Thirdly, even the mentio...more
This book is everything you love about contemporary YA combined with everything you thought you'd never get in a contemporary YA. It's raw, razor-sharp, and completely original. I feel incredibly lucky to be one of its early readers, and I think Klauss is absolutely a writer-to-watch. Get ready for topics you haven't seen treated in ways you'd never expect, and for everything you thought you knew about teenagers' relationships with religion, grief, close friendships, and dating to be turned on i...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
No rating because I could tell by page 150 this was just not a book for me. I was mislead by the blurb and all the focus on religion, finding God, etc. is just not something I care to read about for hundreds of pages.

So, sorry Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse: it's not me, it's you. I have far too many books to read, so you are now part of my "unfinished" or "couldn't finish" history. Better luck elsewhere.
Caitlin Opeil
Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse is not the type of book I would normally choose. It deals a lot with religion, and I tend to avoid those sort of books. I do believe in God, but I dislike overly simplistic Christian messages and what I see as the conservative leaning bias of many of the people who live in Ohio and the rest of the Midwest. So, no creepy Amish Christian novels for me. I'm not exactly sure why I decided to download and read the book. It has a fairly cool cover, and I w...more
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Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse is hilarious. Sweet. Religious (don't reel back in horror. I touch base on this later in the review). Romantic. Friendship.

And it was awesome.

So, I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Apocalypse. For starters, I knew it was a contemporary… and the title was Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse? Whaaat? But here’s the deal guys: it is about the apocalypse and it is a contemporary novel. A...more
Meredith Crain
Please do yourself a favor and read this book! I it was so thoughtful and funny and touching, and just different from anything I've read, in a good way. There were moments when I laughed out loud, moments where I got choked up, and moments where I thought- I have felt EXACTLY that way before. I loved it!
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Ein Wort: Mogelpackung. Everything You Need To Survive The Apocalypse ist nicht das, was man erwartet, wenn man sich die Verpackung anschaut. Weder Cover, noch Titel oder Inhaltsangabe sind ein Indikator dafür, worum es in diesem Buch geht. Es ist keinesfalls ein Endzeitroman und viel mehr als eine Coming Of Age Geschichte. In Everything Everything You Need To Survive The Apocalypse geht es viel mehr um Religion und was es eigentlich bedeutet ein Christ zu sein.

Aber von vorn. Das B...more
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Cover:I really like this one.The cover i mean. Its simplicity and eye catching appeal drew me in.I like collage like covers.It seems like warmth is spreading.

Book: It was in my galley grab and i looked it it up. A YA debut so I thought''cool i'm so reading this for my DAC of 2012'' which is hosted by Kristi @ the story siren

First I have to say I know writing is hard work "cough"cough"my writing sucks"cough so far. Practice means perfect. Second I do not bash authors and only share m...more
One of the largest problems with this book is that it's BORING. The title doesn't really have anything to do with what the book is actually about, and the characters were really flat and disinteresting. I already forgot the main character's name and returned it to the library, so I'll just call him Angst.

Angst and his buddies are just existing, drinking, running, and whatnot, when he meets some girl named Rebekkah or whatever. She's a super-Christian, and he starts to read the Bible and go to c...more
Brittany Rehage
I'm a little confused after finishing this book. I liked parts of it and couldn't wait for other parts to get over. Mostly, I'm a little annoyed with the deception I felt while reading this book. I got no warning about what the majority of this book would be about and I feel like I could have saved myself the read.

Most of this book was great, and it was a very well-written book that did an amazing job of showing character development. The growth and maturity the main character exhibits throughou...more
Robin Reetz
There are so many wonderful, unexpected layers within "Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse" that it's hard to believe this is a debut novel. The book starts out as enjoyable and soon becomes a can't-put-it-down read. The story becomes more and more intriguing as you go on, complete with complicated relationships and very real, relatable situations. I couldn't recommend this book more. A refreshing, smart, honest, and fun read.
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Title: Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse

Author: Lucas Klauss

Genre: YA fiction


First of all, let me put this out there: the title is misleading. Very misleading. I picked up this book in the bookstore because the title of the book caught my eye. This book has nothing to do with the apocalypse or zombies or nuclear meltdowns (okay...maybe that was harsh--the books does mention the apocalypse a little bit.) But nevertheless, I found myself...more
Emma Zucati
I would say the plot is really about a teenager finding his faith and discovering a form of Christianity. The book never really say what religion it is but it's very, almost judgy. The religious people believed homosexuals were evil, abortion was a sin, and people who don't believe in God are going to Hell. Honestly, I didn't really like it at all. The entire thing was just slow. The book just had like 250 extra pages. And I couldn't realistically imagine anyone acting like the majority of these...more
I almost read Apocalypse in one sitting. I literally couldn't put it down! An excellent first novel by Lucas Klauss.
Pam Steinke
3.5 Stars!

Sophomore year has a rough start for Phillip. His friends quit track and leave him to deal with the “Ferret” on his own. One friend ditches him completely to hang out with some douchebags. All the while Phillip still hasn’t come to terms with his Mom’s death…and his Dad keeps trying to get him to talk about it.

Then Phillip meets Rebekah…the “unconventionally” hot girl running track with him. She invites him to a youth group meeting at her church, which he goes to, to see her again. And...more
Diane Ferbrache
16 year old Phillip is having a difficult time dealing with life at this moment. His mother is dead, his athiest father is disconnected, his best friend is hanging out with some real jerks. Into this mix comes Rebekah, a girl with a strong Christian faith. The only thing they seem to have in common is an absent parent and an interest in the Apocalypse. When Phillip starts going to church with Rebekah and hanging out with the youth group, things seem to go from bad to worse.

This is a very strange...more
When I originally read the official summary for this book, it looked like a cute contemporary romance from the point of view of the boy rather than the girl, the perspective I usually read. But after skimming more reviews, I saw that it was more about boy meets religion; while some reviewers felt misled (understandable), it only made me more excited about reading it. Most of the novels I read that involve faith are from a Christian writer and publisher so I thought this would be an interesting c...more
Weird book. The blurb was sort of vague and cagey, revealing nothing of what it was actually about. The first chapter made it seem like a funny, realistic look at adolescence and falling in love, and that interested me enough to borrow it. But after about three chapters it abruptly switched gear - it is, in fact, a book about religion. It dragged on and on for so long with Phillip dithering about whether he was actually interested in Rebekah's beliefs or just interested in Rebekah that I got bor...more
Brandon Will
Hey, so firstly I'm not incredibly religious. I'm not godless either. I think I'm pretty let down by religion in general and hopeful and confused like a lot of us in that matter. It bums me out seeing the people complaining about this novel because it has religion in it.

This novel does not proselytize, and the amazing thing is it doesn't judge -- either side. I think some people are uncomfortable with it because we are used to seeing religion dealt with in two ways in novels and media in genera...more
Phillip is a strange kid. Or a very normal one. Starting with his meeting Rebekah, Phillip is soon besieged with the drama of life. There’s some fighting with friends, making up, and all this while trying to get Rebekah to like him back.

“Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse” is a slice-of-life told from Phillip’s POV. A flawed character, we get to follow him around as he makes mistakes and, hopefully, learn from a couple of them.

At first just wanting to see Rebekah, Phillip attends Chur...more
Sarah Rosenberger

When Phillip first meets Rebekah, he's crouched behind her mailbox trying to hide from "Ferret," the cross-country coach who hates him. Phillip feels like an idiot, but Rebekah doesn't seem to mind his weirdness so when she invites him to the next meeting of her church's youth group, he agrees to come, even though it means seeing Ferret, who is one of the church's youth pastors.

Going to church wouldn't be a big deal for most teens, but it is for Phillip. His dad's an athiest-with-a-capital-a,...more
This book has a lot of references to passages from the Bible. And God. And Jesus. And there's also a lot of personal-personal conflict from the main character involving God. And Jesus. And the apocalypse. (Sort of). But also a lot of other stuff.

I am a confessed atheist. This book brings up all the questions a typical atheist would have when challenging someone religiousasinchristian. It also brings up some thought-provoking, Christian-related questions which Phillip faces inner turmoil and muc...more
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I admit, I purchased this book because it had Apocalypse in the title and I liked the cover. I didn’t even read the synopsis (which is something I almost NEVER do). When I started reading it, I realized it was not something I would normally chose for myself, but the beginning was good so I kept going.

Phillip is a bit of a weird, but otherwise pretty average teenage boy. Living with his father and brother, he has two best friends and is in...more
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By the third chapter this is what you think you know:
1) Phillip's mother was obsessed with the end of the world.
2) She has died.
3) Phillips father is a raging atheist.
4) Phillips cross country coach is a bully.
5) The only way Rebekah will like Phillip is if he becomes a Christian.

At this point you think you've got the book figured out. There will be some growing pains, some self discoveries, girls, and an angry father. You keep on reading because Klauss is a grea...more
Ann-Bernice Thomas
So I had no idea what to expect going into this, considering that I just stole it off the shelf when I was working (I am a library page), because it seemed like something I was in the mood for, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

It doesn’t say it in the Good Reads review, but Rebekah is a Christian, and Phillip tries to convert to Christianity for many different reasons including to impress her. Needless to say it’s a bumpy ride which is equally hilarious, painful, and surprisingly tru...more
The Scoop:
Phillip is your typical teenage boy. He runs. He has couple of good friends. He has a girlfriend (he thinks). He draws mushroom clouds topped with little hearts (among other things). And he's got a basement full of survival rations (including dirt, fertilizer, a generator and water). Phillip's mother has also recently died and he feels lost in his place in the world. Along comes Rebekah offering him a path to God and, not knowing (or having) his beliefs in place he follows her to youth...more
Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse sports a long title, but it also has some fun moments that are wholly enjoyable.

On a whole, I enjoyed this book but it was just "meh" in some aspects. This book is over 400 pages long and after the first 200 I knew this was going to be a long read. It does have those fun moments that I said but most of the book is filled with questioning religion and just about everything there is to question.

If you aren't comfortable with religion in books don't be...more
Jackie Miller
Let me just say, the title and cover of this book will mean so much more to you after reading the book. It is so heartfelt and real.

Philip Flowers tells this story, and he tells it like a dude. As a girl, there are still a lot of mysterious things about the opposite sex that I just don't get. How they interact is very alien to me and also very fascinating. That is such a strong driving force in this book, and I loved it. It was like peeking into a window to the male mind :-)

Philip Flowers is a...more
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Lucas Klauss was born and raised in Georgia. He received an MFA in writing for children from the New School, and his humor writing has been featured online at McSweeney's and College Humor--but mostly at He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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