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Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  484 Ratings  ·  121 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 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
Apr 19, 2011 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!
Jul 05, 2011 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
Yohoni Torres
Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss is a book I really enjoyed! It was a book that grabbed my attention, not only the book title and cover, mostly because it had to do with a teenage boy trying to figure out his life. I really liked how he made it from a first person, teenage boy point of view. Now something that really came out, that really popped out and just made me think was the way that the author made Phillip (main character) have flashbacks and talk about his pas ...more
Mar 09, 2013 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
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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
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, pg, romance, teen
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 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, you'
Oct 10, 2011 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
Dejuan Hill
May 27, 2015 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
Brittany Rehage
Oct 10, 2011 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 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review pending!
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I read some reviews of this before reading and decided to give it a shot anyways. I thought it was quite interesting for a while, but ultimately a bit disappointing. I think had the last 100 or so pages wrapped the story up better I would have liked it more. But I can see why it doesn't have the greatest reviews. I enjoyed a good amount of it, but didn't love the ending. It's just one of those frustrating books that had potential but ultimately was a let down.
Chelsea Fought
A few warnings before the real review:

First Warning: This book is most definitely about the apocalypse, just not in the literal sense. And… if I'm honest I thought it was going to be, in the literal sense, and that's why I originally picked up the book.

Second Warning: In my review policy I say I'm not interested in fiction with religious undertones, and that is exactly what this book has (even if there is more to it)… so this was actually kind of a difficult read for me.

Third Warning: I'm trying
Brian O'Leary
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
YA junk, cliche after cliche, absolutely nothing new
Jan 20, 2014 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
Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse , I think, is one of those books that you really either love or hate. If you're interested in more religious themes, like questions of religious identity and faith, this book will be a good read for you. If you aren't interested in such themes and shy away from faith, this book probably won't be a good fit for you. I think what will mostly determine the book's popularity is how many people are interested in such a faith-focused narrative. Just some ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
So, I feel it is only fair to preface this review with the disclaimer that I am currently, both at the time of the review and at the time of the actual reading of the book, under the influence of high doseages of pain medication -- after a mishap with my wisdom teeth removal. I'm told, by my loving boyfriend, that I tend to repeat myself and make strange, paranoid statements while I'm under the influence of such medication, and while I'm not entirely positive he's not fishing for control of the ...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

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

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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
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Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Ok, so to start things off, this book is absolutely not about the actual apocalypse, so if you think this is going to be an end of the world, survival, zombie infestation type's not, BUT this book was a pleasant change from zombies, vampires, werewolves and everything else supernatural. We follow the main character, Phillip Flowers, as he attempts to figure out who he is and what his beliefs are. Told in first person view (my personal fav, as you all know), Klauss has incorporated humo ...more
Nov 27, 2011 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
Originally posted on my blog, here: http://a-librarians-library.blogspot....

If you pick this book up expecting it to be about the apolcalypse, then you are in for a shock. Because though this novel talks a lot about Earth's impending doom (or at least the theories and ideas behind it), the Earth is not, in fact, destroyed throughout the course of this novel. One teenage boy's ideas about life, however, are a different story.

This novel features Phillip, a quirky sophomore in high school who runs
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This was a great contemporary novel, yet I didn't realise how religious it was. There's no mention about it in the blurb, so I assumed it would just be a regular YA contemporary from a guy's (YAY!) point of view.
Even though I prefer not to read religious themed books, Lucas Klauss' writing made me want to read on and made me laugh, and curious about Philip's past with his mom.

To see Philip's struggle emotionally and physically as he c
Sarah Rosenberger
Dec 12, 2011 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,
Jan 23, 2012 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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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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