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Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  434 Ratings  ·  117 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
Apr 20, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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.
Meredith Klauss
Jun 03, 2011 Meredith Klauss rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Jan 03, 2012 Ashelynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommend
This review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.

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
May 26, 2016 Shaleh rated it liked it
Shelves: pg, romance, teen, christian
First things first, I put this on the Christian shelf, but let me clarify. This is not "Christian" in a typical sense. It's kind of like The Life of Pi in that it studies religion from a distance. Unlike The Life of Pi, Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse is cynical, and the character leaves the book almost as confused as he started.

If I had an Anti-Christian board, I would put this book on both the Christian and Anti-Christian boards at the same time. How come? Well if you read it, yo
Dejuan Hill
May 27, 2015 Dejuan Hill rated it it was amazing
Everything You Need To Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss is a contemporary fiction novel about a teenage boy named Phillip Flowers who is in his sophomore year of high school, and is having a rough time. Then he meets a girl that he really likes named Rebekah who comes into the story and turns Phillip’s life around. Throughout the book Philip had to make a lot of hard choices whether it was to obey his father’s orders or whether it was to pick either one of his friends side during the argum ...more
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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
Jan 06, 2012 Rogier rated it it was ok
My thoughts

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
Aug 15, 2013 Janie rated it did not like it
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
Brittany Rehage
Oct 16, 2011 Brittany Rehage rated it liked it
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
Sherrie Petersen
This book surprised me in so many ways.

The writing is practically perfect. The characters, I loved. Watching the MC struggle with questions of religion and atheism and respecting his parents as he falls in love, grows apart from his friends and deals with betrayals -- it's all in there and written with such honesty and humor. Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop. And when I did have to step away to cook or pick the kids up from school, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I read it in a
Aug 25, 2015 Victoria rated it it was ok
this was not....very good....

going off of the synopsis and book reviews, i thought it was going to be "witty, funny, charming, smart, elegant..."etc etc etc but it was honest to God a very dull and underdeveloped book.

the characters were inconsistent and forgetful; you could tell the author would make them do certain things even if it wasn't in line with their chatacter just to create drama :\

it was also very heavily centred around religion?? which normally isnt a bad thing, but it was definitel

Everything You Need To Survive the Apocalypse is a very well-written book. Honestly, I think even the ones who don't believe in God won't be able to say this book is terrible because it is too well-written. It obviously has religiously sensitive contents, which somehow made me comfy and/or uncomfy, at times. I'm not that kind of person who's really a believer of God but I do believe that there's something or someone even, out there.


Anyway, Lucas Klauss did a good job

Phillip's life hasn't always been easy. His parents always argued about religion. His mother feared for the apocalypse, and now that she is gone, his father is even more adamant about having nothing to do with organized religion. Life at school isn't much better. His cross country coach picks on Phillip and his friends constantly, make their lives miserable. And to make things even worse, one of his best friends just ditched him. What's a guy to do?

Enter pretty girl. When Rebekah invites Phillip
Jan 20, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
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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
Emma Zucati
Oct 02, 2014 Emma Zucati rated it did not like it
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
Jan 06, 2012 Angel rated it it was amazing
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Jan 09, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
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
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
Jan 01, 2012 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it
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
Feb 17, 2013 Brandon Will rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2011 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Sarah Rosenberger
Mar 06, 2012 Sarah Rosenberger rated it really liked it

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,
Aug 17, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
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
Jan 29, 2014 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
Ann-Bernice Thomas
Oct 20, 2013 Ann-Bernice Thomas rated it liked it
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
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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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