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Instructions for the End of the World

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  131 reviews
He prepared their family for every natural disaster known to man—except for the one that struck.

When Nicole Reed’s father forces her family to move to a remote area of the Sierra Foothills, one without any modern conveniences, her life is completely turned upside down.

It’s not that Nicole isn’t tough. She’s learned how to hunt, and she knows how to build things—she’s been
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Spoiler alert: This book is not about the end of the world.

Nicole's dad tries to be ready for the end of the world though. He has tried to bring his family to the point of surviving anything. He has taught them prepper skills, told them to stay away from evil boys, and moved them to a broken down house in the middle of nowhere.
Once they get to the middle of nowhere their mom decides she has had enough. She takes off in the car and what does dad do? He tells Nicole to take care of her sister, th
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight

So, I don't think I completely understood what this book would be. This quote in the synopsis seems to imply that this will also be a natural disaster, so I just kind of assumed that there was something "big" happening.
He prepared their family for every natural disaster known to man—except for the one that struck.

You see? It seems like maybe there was a huge flood, and Mom fled or... something. But that isn't what happened. So many thi
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it

I quite liked this book. I was a big fan of the writing, but I have to admit that nothing really happened in this. I thought that the narratives rang true, and overall this book (mostly)kept my interest, but there just wasn't enough plot development for me.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Borrow

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
I wish that I could give “Instructions for the End of the World” a better review. It was a book with so much potential that went flat in the early chapters. It seems as though the author tried to take on too many plots, and that caused a neglect of the main one. It tried to be many things and did not succeed in any of them.

There is one good thing that I can say about the book, and that is that the central characters were extremely well-developed. There is quite a bit of back-story combined with
Teens in the woods!

There were some naked people and there were some afraid people, but I don't think there were any Naked and Afraid people. In the classic sense of the term.

This has been "You Call That a Book Review??!" with your host, Jessica.
Sarah Marie
Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

2.75 stars

Nicole’s father has lost his marbles. Nicole and her sister Isabel find themselves forced to move to a cabin in the remote woods that once belonged to her grandfather. Her father is a firm believer in the end of the world and this move is preparation for it, but their mother isn’t happy and leaves. Nicole and Isabel suddenly find themselves alone in the woods with no parental supervision in a quickly deteriorating house. On the other s

Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, adventure
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

Oh, I am conflicted on what I feel about this book. Instructions for the End of the World had great writing and some really interesting characters. BUT, it also had a weird setting and an unsettling ending.

Nicole and her sister Isabel have just arrived at their new home. Their military father has just left his career and taken his wife and daughters to live in a home falling apart and miles from civilization. Their nearest neighbor is a hippie retreat.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Huge thank you to Raincoast/St. Martin's Griffin for this ARC!

Last year I read The Good Sister, a book I wasn't expecting much from considering it was compared to The Lovely Bones, a book I quite disliked. I read it, and I LOVED it along with Jamie Kain's writing style. I was so excited to hear she had a second YA novel coming in Instructions for the End of the World.

However, this book was lacking compared to her first. I had a hard time trying to connect with the characters at times. Part of it
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
So, I think this is definitely one of those instances where the book synopsis doesn't necessarily match up with the contents of the book, leaving a very confused and/or bemused reader in the process.

Like many other readers, including Shannon of It Starts at Midnight, I went into Instructions for the End of the World expecting a more dramatic disaster scenario. The synopsis essentially indicates that whatever happens to the main character and her sister can't be adequately covered by their fathe
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

Sometimes when I read a synopsis for a book or even find the cover to be appealing, I am immediately drawn in. Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain certainly has a fantastic sounding synopsis and the cover is quite stunning. Sadly, the plot of this book took forever to move forward, which I didn’t appreciate. I did enjoy the forest setting, though, which was probably why I continued reading. However, this book is overly unrealistic and hard to believ
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is not about the world ending. This is about a family. An idiot dad, a mother and two teenage daughters. The idiot dad thinks the world is ending very soon so he takes his family out to his ancestors home out in the middle of nowhere that no one has lived in for decades. This is where they are going to set up to survive the end of the world. The oldest daughter has bought into this and is good with a gun and some survival techniques. The youngest daughter likes pedicures, magazines, he ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks to Raincoast Books for providing me with an eARC for review, all opinions are my own.

I'm just over halfway through and I am declaring this a DNF.

There is no point to this story. The family moves to the middle of nowhere to escape the supposed economic collapse, but night one the mom bails, and then the dad leaves a few days later to find her. Now the two sisters who hate each other are left to fend for themselves against the hippie commune across the street.

It's pretty much:

Nicole: hunti
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
This really gets more of a 2.5 than a 3, the writing style was amazing but I had a few issues that dragged me down. See the full review here: ...more
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

*3.5 star rating*

Instructions for the End of the World had the most interesting, promising plot that could ever exist. I have read Jamie Kain's The Good Sister, but to be quite honest, this beauty (with a gorgeous cover) shunned it. I feel so connected to this adventurous survival story that makes so much sense for anyone in any situation. Because of all of the events that occurred in the book, I feel like I'm stuck
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
This review was written for The Review Diaries
You can read the full review here

Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Side note: It really frustrates me when covers are designed by people who have clearly never read the book. Why is she wearing a hat and a blanket? The entire book takes place in the middle of summer when it’s stupidly hot and there are forest fires coming for them.

It’s always a bad sign when you want to shake 90% of the ch
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Instructions for the End of the World was a a strange book. It was short so I finished it in one sitting. To be honest nothing really stood out. The story left me kind of lost.

Nicole's father has forever been preparing his family for all types of natural disasters. However, it turns out the disaster they really needed to prepare for was one on an emotional level. Nicole was not ready for it - definitely not one that's inflicted by her own father. What struck me as most unbelievable is what kind
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Nicole and Izzy, along with their mother, have been dragged out into the middle of nowhere by their father who wished to protect and prepare them for the end of the world – any sort of disaster. However, he doesn’t prepare them for the disaster closer to home – a broken family.

I loved Jamie Kain’s debut novel The Good Sister, which is why I requested Instructions for the End of the World, but unfortunately it paled in comparison. Instruction
I received a copy via net galley.

This was an odd story for me, it had similar vibe to a book I'd read before ( I think it's called The Way we live now? I could be mistaken on that title) but mostly just for the whole kids surviving without parentals. I'm not even 100% sure what I just read either, I just wanted to write this review asap after finishing because well I have a feeling it's going to be one of those books I'm going to forget it ever happened.... The PoV changes to me seemed unneeded,
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was given an electronic copy by St. Martin's Press and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that the title is misleading, as the expectation that this is an end of the world survival novel is not met. Instructions for the End of the World is the story about a family, dysfunctional at best, who ends up moving to a family home in the middle of the woods. After a stint in the military ends abruptly, Nicole's father becomes convinced that the apocalyps
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another surprisingly wonderful story. Another marginal cover I'm not sure I'd pick the book up for. But an unusual story that fleshes out the most wonderful questions - how strong are you? What are you capable of?

Nichole's mom leaves. Here dad leaves too. It's just her and Izzy (her sister) in a house miles from civilization with a broken down house, a few hundred dollars in groceries and the explicit advice to just survive and not get to know the only neighbors for miles.

Nichole doesn't know
madie (madieanne)
Jun 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
one word: BORING
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Review originally posted at Among the Authors.

You know the feeling when you read a book’s synopsis and immediately feel the surge of excitement as you dive straight into the pool of plot potential? Now, imagine you jumped right in, only to discover that pool had been drained. Welcome to how I felt about Instructions for the End of the World.

Things I Liked:

The premise. Well, that’s a stretch. I liked the idea of a girl being raised by a survivalist and having to put those skills to the test. Prob
Amanda R
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: troubled-teens, 2017
This book was dreadfully boring.
Jade Klinger
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Since she was old enough to walk her dad immediately gave her a gun and taught her how to survive. He's always been the strong protective type. Basically raised in the military Nichole Reed's dad has a different frame of mind than most people. Maybe slightly paranoid.. or more so.
Being a survivalist Nichole's dad takes the entire family to the Sierra Foothills, where there are no modern conveniences of any sort. Not liking where this is going, Nichole goes long with it helping her dad hunt for
Kelly Gunderman
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

I had a bit of a hard time with this book. It isn't that I didn't like it, because I did. But when it comes down to it, I think the problem I had with this book was that nothing really least not anything like I was expecting.

Nicole has spent her life under her father's strict ideas that the family must always be prepared for any kind of natural disaster that might strike. Be it fire, floods, the end of the world..
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I was really interested to pick up this book. I haven’t read The Good Sister by this author (although I plan to), and this synopsis really intrigued me! I thought it was a really unique premise.
I’m not going to lie: I wasn’t blown away. I really enjoyed the writing style, which read very smoothly and beautiful – that element makes me excited to pick up more of this author’s work in the future.
However, I had a really, really hard time connecting with the characters in this book. It’s not that the
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't seem as put-off with this book as a lot of others here on Goodreads, and I'm pretty glad about it.
I think the story is an interesting one, and the characters and writing have a great potential. It would have been better without so many POV-switched. At least once the writer mixed up names as well, which didn't make it better for my confused head - but, to be honest, my starting this book the day after a part of my appartment building was on fire at night, so I hardly slept, won't have be
Holly Brumback
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
There was never a point in Instructions for the End of the World that I didn’t want to know what was going to happen. I wanted to know the mystery that seemed to surround Izzy & Nicole’s dad. I wanted to know why their mom bothered to travel all the way to this new house off the grid only to leave. I wanted to know if Izzy & Nicole would ever realize that they needed each other. I wanted to know if their dad was going to come back. But there were a lot of other things in the book that just seeme ...more
Rachel Stansel
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
A story about growing up and discovering who you are. The story centers around Nicole and Izzy Reed. The Reeds are preppers and move to a remote home, which proves too much. Their mom leaves in the middle of the night with no word to them. Their dad then leaves to go find her. The girls are left to fend for themselves. They meet other teens from a neighboring commune and typical love story ensues.

As a general premise, I liked the story. The writing was okay, but it felt like the points that shou
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

He prepared their family for every natural disaster known to man—except for the one that struck.

2.5 stars

I really wanted to like this so much more than I did - the cover is dope and the plot sounded really interesting but unfortunately the story fell flat. I've seen a few reviews mention this and I think the same thing happened to me where I didn't really understand what this book was about and therefore my expectations were never met.

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Jamie Kain grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and has since lived in too many places to count. She now calls Sacramento, California home, where she lives with her husband and three children.

The Good Sister is her debut young adult novel, and it was what you might call a labor of love, which is just a fancy way of saying it took a really long time to write and became something she was pretty obsessed

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