After the Lights Go Out

After the Lights Go Out

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Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water. Each of the girls has a 'bug out bag', packed with water purification tablets, protein bars, paracord bracelets and epipens for Pru's anaphylaxis. One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers' house, and in the town. No one knows why. All communication is cut. It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first.
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW : 2018. Allen & Unwin,
ISBN: 9781760297299
Branch Call Number: YF WILK
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 21 cm

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LoganLib_Kirra Aug 06, 2018

When survival is everything what do you sacrifice to protect yourself? I've only read one book (The Boundless Sublime) from Lili Wilkinson previously but she also wrote an incredible short story in the #LoveOzYa Anthology (Oona Underground) and ever since I read that short story I've been obsesse... Read More »


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LoganLib_Kirra Aug 06, 2018

When survival is everything what do you sacrifice to protect yourself? I've only read one book (The Boundless Sublime) from Lili Wilkinson previously but she also wrote an incredible short story in the #LoveOzYa Anthology (Oona Underground) and ever since I read that short story I've been obsessed with the way her words could bring so much emotion to me with chills that get your heart racing too with a tingle down your spine. Everything I've read so far from her has a spooky, unsettling feeling and I adore that about her work because her words have so much power behind them.

I'm usually not a fan of small town books but I loved this book and the focus was mainly on the characters emotions and struggles during a scary situation like that. If all the power went off and everything stopped in a big city you would walk outside and have people that surely knew what was going on but in a small town community with sparse resources and people it would be such a mystery and all the more terrifying. I would hate to be in their position myself so it was so indulgent to be able to go into this scenario through the safety of a great book.

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