Monday, November 9, 2020

How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff - Book Tour + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from Nov 3 to Nov 23, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff
CategoryYA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  320 pages
Genre: Literary / Mystery 
PublisherHarperCollins (HarperTeen)
Release date:   Nov 20, 2020
Format available for review:  Print, NetGalley Download (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: Nov 3 to Nov 23, 2020
Content RatingPG-13. Language is clean, no sex on the page but reference to it, dark subject matter--wasn't sure the best category based on descriptions.

Book Description:

If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do? This is the question that haunts Amina as she watches new and horrible stories of discord and crisis flash across the news every day. But when she starts at prestigious Gardner Academy, Amina finds a group of like-minded peers to join forces with—fast friends who dedicate their year to learning survival skills from each other, before it’s too late. Still, as their prepper knowledge multiplies, so do their regular high school problems, from relationship drama to family issues to friend blow-ups. Juggling the two parts of their lives forces Amina to ask another vital question: Is it worth living in the hypothetical future if it’s at the expense of your actual present?

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Guest Post

HOW TO PACK FOR THE END OF THE WORLD was the hardest to write of all my books (it’s my fourth published novel, plus all the ones in drawers, of course), and while there are lots of reasons why, the main one is because the subject matter was so closely tied to everything going on in the world right now. One of the biggest challenges was how to make a book about teenagers who are afraid of the apocalypse be both realistic and fun to read (and write). The strategy I chose was to turn everything into a game, each one focusing on an end-of-the-world fear. Here are some of the games the characters played:

1. Surviving a Blackout: one character was afraid of the grid going down, which would mean no power and no internet. My intrepid group of teens competed to see who could last longest when they were no longer allowed to use electricity or their computers, despite being at school. (They were allowed to use the school’s power but could not exercise any agency over it.) How long do you think the winner lasted?

 2. Mastering the Outside World: one character believed in the importance of learning to live outdoors. His game involved learning about how to camp and forage for food, and the characters need to come up with ingredients for a fully-foraged meal, a la Michael Pollan. Needless to say, they’re not quite at his level, and it’s always good to be careful about mushrooms…

 3. Thriving in a Post-Apocalyptic World: one character was terrified of nuclear war, but it was less the idea of the war itself that was scary but what would happen afterward. She worked on the assumption that everyone who survived would have to stay indoors—kind of the opposite of the previous game—and challenged the group to come up with ways to do better than just surviving. They had to decorate hidden spaces at the school and come up with creative party ideas, in the hope that surviving was just the beginning of a new, and maybe better, life. What would your post-end-of-the-world party look like?

 There are a couple of additional games in the book, plus a bunch that I toyed around with that never made it in there, but I found that thinking about these dark and difficult things with an eye toward how to make them almost playful allowed me to have some balance. And it felt realistic, too—even when things are hard, people tend to try to make the best of them, and sadness and humor often go hand in hand. I hope you enjoy the book if you choose to read it, and I hope its blend of realism and playfulness rings true for you.

Meet the Author:

Michelle Falkoff is the author of Playlist for the Dead, Pushing Perfect, Questions I Want to Ask You, and How to Pack for the End of the World. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as director of communication and legal reasoning at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Connect with the author:   website  twitter  ~  instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Nov 3 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 - Splashes of Joy - audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 5 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 5 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review / giveaway
Nov 6 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 9 –Jazzy Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 10 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 10 - Corinne Rodrigues - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview
Nov 12 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 12 - Instagram:. All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Nov 13 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
Nov 16 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 –Westveil Publishing  - book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – JulzReads – book review
Nov 18 - 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 19 –100 Pages A Day - book review / giveaway
Nov 20 –Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Nov 20 - Lamon Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 - Writer with Wanderlust - book review / guest post / giveaway 
Nov 23 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book review / giveaway


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  1. Thank you so much for being part of the tour! I hope your readers enjoy the book!


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