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We Are Unprepared

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We Are Unprepared is a novel about the next big storm, the one that changes our relationship to nature and each other…the superstorm that threatens to destroy a marriage, a rural Vermont town and the Eastern Seaboard when it hits. But the destruction begins months earlier, when fear infects people's lives and spreads like a plague.

Ash and Pia's move from Brooklyn to the b
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by MIRA
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Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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We Are Unprepared is a cautionary tale of what the future of the world could look like. It begins three months after Ash and Pia have left their old life in Brooklyn behind for a simpler and quieter existence in rural Isole,Vermont. Reports of a devastating Storm begin to surface and the fear and anxiety this produces is like nothing Ash and Pia have seen or experienced before.

This story is told entirely from Ash’s perspective and is divided into three parts. T
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one. The characters were believable to me and I could see the whole story unfolding as I was reading it. Also, I love a good blizzard. I'm giving this one 5 stars because this is the kind of stuff I really go in for and I enjoyed it from start to finish. It's probably more of a 4 star type of book. But I can't help but go heavy on the stars when a book is heavy on the snow.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

I liked this book more than I thought I would. A couple moves to Isole, Vermont from Brooklyn, New York. Ash is from Vermont, Pia is not. They both like the idea of simple living. On the day they find out conceiving a child will be more work then they guessed, the world also learns about a super storm coming soon to reek havoc on New England. The Storm, as it comes to be known, spreads fear and panic throughout New England. Pia and Ash has different views
Kimberly Belle
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of this one, and boy, was I glad. An engaging novel from the emerging "cli-fi" genre, We Are Unprepared is both a page-turner and a warning from a talented new author. I can't wait to see what's next for Meg.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As gigantic storms hit my hometown, and floodwaters rise, and storms take out trees, and lives, I read this book. I picked it up at TLA.

The story starts out with a promise of some sort of problem, which must be solved about the two main characters. But there are some simple flaws with the flow of the story. The main character Ash leaps back in time every few pages to tell about something from a few weeks previous, a few months previous, or a few years previous. He tells the story of his relation
Lori L (She Treads Softly)

We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly is a story set in Vermont about a broken relationship and an impending superstorm. It's either so-so or recommended, depending upon what you can personally tolerate in a disaster/climate change/politically preachy/bad relationship/needy neighborhood child/debut novel.

Ash and Pia have moved from Brooklyn to Isole, Vermont, a town of 6,481 people. Their desire is to live a simpler life, sort of return to the land and rely on themselves. After being there for
Judy Collins
A special thank you to MIRA and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Talented Meg Little Riley delivers WE ARE UNPREPARED -a Vermont couple, recently transplanted from Brooklyn, attempts to weather the storms of life. Part environmental thriller, apocalyptic, and psychological domestic suspense.

A devastating super storm. One which threatens to destroy a marriage, a town, and the Eastern Seaboard. It starts when the fear of its arrival infects lives and spreads like a plague.

Cindy Roesel
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can a Vermont couple, recently transplanted from Brooklyn, survive the worst weather disaster in recorded history? That’s the question asked in BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge’s next novel, WE ARE UNPREPARED (MIRA) by Meg Little Reilly.

Ironically I was reading this unsettling novel last week, while hurricane Matthew was barreling towards us here in South Florida. For once, Presidential politics had been replaced on the television by the weather-casters determined to scare the hell out of us, a
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an interesting read. It's wonderful discussion book because there are so many questions and ideas this book puts forth for the reader to think about HOW PREPARED ARE YOU? ,When or if A superstorm comes to where you live . How would your community act? How would your immediate family behave? How ready is your state? I recommend this book and enjoyed it.
Paula DeBoard
Reilly hooks the reader with a terrifying, all-too-real possibility, and from that point on the book is just about impossible to put down.

And just for the record, I would last about 3.5 hours in any type of emergency situation.
First, thank you to Harlequin for sending me this book via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I truly appreciate the generosity.

We Are Unprepared reads like a fictional memoir, with an almost detached narration of events, as if it were a formal report rather than an emotional retelling of how a superstorm tore apart your life.

The narrator is a thirty-something married man named Ash who left the big city with his beautiful wife in search of a simple country life. His narrative
Aug 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm finished and thank goodness for that. If I had had to read anymore of this writing I would have plucked out my eyeballs. I'm not sure why this book is getting so many rave reviews...all I can think is that the reviewers connect more with these protagonist's or the style of writing and maybe I am just too old to understand, empathize with, or connect with protagonist's like this. (selfish, silly, stupid, whiny, possibly suffering a variety of mental illnesses, entitled, bratty and did I alrea ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are Unprepared is an interesting idea for a novel. It tells the story of how a couple and the small Vermont town they live in prepares for a giant storm.
Seeing how everyone dealt with the stress of the storm was the best part of the novel. I felt this aspect was handled very well and realistically. The actual storm itself fell a little flat for me and is why I rated this four instead of five stars. "The Storm" was built up so much for the first half of the novel and I guess I was just expect
Aj Sterkel
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Hipster preppers of the apocalypse? I was totally excited for that.

Then I read the book. Sadly, We Are Unprepared isn’t about “hipster preppers of the apocalypse.” It’s about . . . I don’t know. Boring, horrible people doing boring, horrible things to each other? That seems about right.

Ash and Pia live in a future where global warming has created superstorms. Months after moving to their dream home in rural Vermont, one of these storms starts moving up the coast of the US. Scientists predict tha
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think my lower rating stems from having different expectations when I started it. I generally love books about post apocalyptic scenarios or weather events that change society. While this book has that, The Storm doesn't appear until more than halfway through, even though they are preparing for its imminent arrival throughout. This book is more about a marriage unraveling with The Storm as a backdrop. And while it's told in first person, I was confused about the narrator's several quips about ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
This book was a captivating debut. It had all the elements of a great read. It was filled with an eye opening scenario about the state of human caused climate change and the consequences of it in a thrilling story that was interesting and scary. It was also so intriguing and educational. The story was a well drawn out take on a new and interesting multilayered narrative. A great read for fall or winter!
This was an ok read. Not fantastic, but not horrible. In an attempt to create suspense, I think the author only succeeded in dragging it out. I liked Ash's character though, and was rooting for him.
You can never have enough canned goods.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best book I have read in a year. So timely and raw, loved it.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 4.5 stars

A little slow to start, but it really helped set up The Storm. I really enjoyed reading We Are Unprepared and believe this is could happen at some point in the future. Reading the ferocity of We Are Unprepared’s Storm was terrifying. It made me want to get a crank radio, extra flashlights, and a personal emergency preparedness plan. :)

The novel takes a look at Ash and Pia’s marriage, and though it seems solid enough, the cracks widen with each storm - literal and theoretical -
There seems to be a general trend these days where a book’s synopsis leads you to believe the story is about one thing only to discover that it is actually about something else once you read it. This then leads to feelings of disappointment and distrust; after all, if you can no longer trust the synopsis then how are you supposed to decide whether you want to read a book? This does not mean that the story itself is bad; it does mean that it takes a fantastic story to overcome that feeling of bei ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5 stars. This book is about a middle-aged-hipster couple in the not-so-distant-future who move from Brooklyn to rural Vermont in order to be perhaps even more pretentious and hipstery (think tapping their own maple syrup). Soon after their move, the nation's meteorologist begin to warn of an impending superstorm that is predicted to cause severe damage throughout the east coast and into the middle of the country. In preparation for the storm, the husband becomes more civic minded and starts ...more
Lori Clark
**We Are Unprepared generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I read the first chapter of this book online via the publisher. Man, oh man. The first chapter was really good, and I thought that it would be a great read so I requested a copy through NetGalley.

It's not that the book was bad. It's just that it wasn't good, either. There were good parts to the storyline and there were many things that probably would happen in the event that something like
Craig Pearson
I was looking forward to reading this ARC. Once started I was thinking it would be a post apocalyptic story due to the location of the story in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The author apparently believed that all readers would know that this name is a local term for northern Vermont. The science involved with The Storm was not developed adequately. The preppers in the story are not given adequate build up. Worst, the two protagonists from New York City are weaselly wimps who should never ha ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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First off I have to say this was a giveaway winning book I received...I tried man how I tried but I could not get into the story at all...I am not into all that "preppers" stuff...Yes our world is going to hell in a handbasket but this book I could not get past the first few pages..If I can't get into a book within a couple sentences than I am not going to read it..I am sorry for this review.. I really am...
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

The premise (and description) of this story were very real and scary for me, but overall the narrator was obnoxious. I couldn't get past the self-centered behavior of someone who claimed to be selfless. I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone unless that person was really into doomsday plots.
Chantal Saville
I liked the concept. Pre-apocalyptic vs the standard post-apocalyptic scenario.

I found the writing clunky in a few parts and the Pia character to be totally un-likeable, which are both ultimately distractions but it was worth the read.
Cindy Veneris
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took a bit to plow through this book but I really enjoyed it. No spoilers here, but it really made me think. Funny that I wound up reading it in the midst of the most rain we have gotten in years!
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good story. A must read book .I love the setting of the storm and the relationship between the characters (Acheter si vous lisez en anglais.)
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ash i Pia spełniają marzenie niejednego mieszczucha: pozostawiają swoje dotychczasowe życie w Nowym Jorku i przenoszą się do własnego domu na odludziu w górzystym Vermoncie. W nowym miejscu planują żyć w zgodzie z naturą, zdrowo i ekologicznie. Niestety mają pecha. Zanim zdążą się nacieszyć "pięknymi okolicznościami przyrody" i nauczyć życia w zupełnie innych warunkach niż te, które oferowało im wielkie miasto, muszą stawić czoła prawdziwemu kataklizmowi. Na skutek zmian klimatycznych, spowodowa ...more
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Around the Year i...: We Are Unprepared, by Meg Little Reilly 3 16 Nov 25, 2017 10:54AM  
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Meg Little Reilly is the author of the novels EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWS (2018), WE ARE UNPREPARED (2016), and THE BRIGHTEST LIGHTS (2019). She's a public radio commentator, essayist, and outdoors enthusiast. Prior to writing novels, Meg worked in national politics and the White House. She holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from the George Washington University. These days, she l ...more
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