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The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse (Book) Review

 
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4/ 5


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A quirky story that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Not much backstory leaves newcomers to the series with a lot of questions.


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The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse is a really good book, and a great read for people looking for a sci fi story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Just a little backstory here and there would have definitely enhanced the experience for newcomers to the series. It’s well worth your time either way, but I would suggest readers go back and read The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse first, if possible.

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Posted December 4, 2012 by

 
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It’s tough to find a good donut in a post-apocalyptic world, ya know?

Kelly Driscoll having a rough time of it lately. Her temporary job as interim manager of Amenity Tower (the only luxury condominium in Pothole City) is pretty stressful. The cute guy she’s got her eye on thinks of her more as a friend. And oh yeah, there’s another pesky apocalypse brewing in her already mostly destroyed city. But Kelly’s not one to take things lying down. If she can stop one apocalypse (and she has, in the previous book), then she can stop another – and do it with style.

When we first meet Kelly, things aren’t looking so good financially. She’s got fifty single purpose angels depending on her to keep them full of Cluck Snack. Since it’s these angels (SP’s) who keep the balance of the world in check, it’s sort of an important job. Plus, they’re her friends, helpers, and roommates, and if they need Cluck Snack, Kelly’s going to get it for them. So when a mysterious phone ringing in her newly acquired (squatted in) home leads her to a job finding the missing president and CEO of Cluck Along Holdings (maker of the aforementioned Cluck Snacks), Kelly jumps at the chance. After all, finding things is her talent, and besides, she’s got a vested interest in keeping Cluck Snack production moving along.

Of course, things are never as easy they seem, and it turns out the missing president (Archie Driscoll) is somehow connected to a plot to strike up a new apocalypse. Plus, he’s a mysterious guy who isn’t easily found, there is a war brewing in Amenity Tower between the new residents and the old that she has to handle, and her feelings for her friend Af are starting to bubble to the surface. Kelly’s going to need all of her talents, and her friends as well, if she wants to get the job done and save the world too.

The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse is really a great story. Author Nina Post does a masterful job of taking you inside Kelly’s head, and making you feel like you are living her life right along with her. The environments are well fleshed out; the characters are interesting and engaging; and the story is told with a humor and unpredictability that makes it a joy to read. My one complaint, though, relates to the fact that this is a sequel to Post’s previous book, The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse. While I don’t expect an author to completely re-tell the first tale, it would have been nice if there was a bit of backstory given for those readers who have not read the previous book. While I did enjoy this book greatly, it would have been a lot easier to get into it if I had at least been introduced to things like how Pothole City was destroyed, why the fallen angels were bound to the building, etc.

The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse is a really good book, and a great read for people looking for a sci fi story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Just a little backstory here and there would have definitely enhanced the experience for newcomers to the series. It’s well worth your time either way, but I would suggest readers go back and read The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse first, if possible.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)