Prepped is as unique as it is interesting. I’ve always been fascinated with those that are prepping for the apocalypse—considering it would cause too much anxiety and fear if that’s what I chose to think about. Becca is your relatively normal senior girl, trying to make her way through school to get a scholarship. That scholarship to college is everything that Becca wants because living the life she lives now, just isn’t going to cut it. She wants out and she wants out fast! On top of the doomsday community she lives in, she’s also “unofficially” engaged to a fellow doomsday boy, Roy. Roy represents everything she doesn’t want. But when a tragedy happens, everything changes. Things she thought she knew and people she wrote off as a lost cause, it all comes tumbling down. Becca’s life will never be the same. I enjoyed this—from the beginning until the very end and I wanted to know what happened next. My only complaint was that at times I felt the characters were someone of a cardboard cutout of whom they were meant to be. I felt so much for Becca and everything she had to endure with her family. At the end of the day, she didn’t choose to be born to a family that preached fear. Who wants to live that way? Overall, I thought this was a great debut with a promising career for Mangle. I look forward to reading more from her.
|Margaret K. McElderry Books
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