Published by Mira Books on August 30th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Literary
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Harlequin
Meg Little Reilly places a young couple in harm s way both literally and emotionally as they face a cataclysmic storm that threatens to decimate their Vermont town, and the Eastern Seaboard in her penetrating debut novel, "WE ARE UNPREPARED."Ash and Pia move from hipster Brooklyn to rustic Vermont in search of a more authentic life. But just months after settling in, the forecast of a superstorm disrupts their dream. Fear of an impending disaster splits their tight-knit community and exposes the cracks in their marriage. Where Isole was once a place of old farm families, rednecks and transplants, it now divides into paranoid preppers, religious fanatics and government tools, each at odds about what course to take. "WE ARE UNPREPARED" is an emotional journey, a terrifying glimpse into the human costs of our changing earth and, ultimately, a cautionary tale of survival and the human"
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 on how to best prepare themselves. Pia joins a group of preppers and Ash becomes a local government tool to help the town get ready.
The Storm is only the backdrop of this story. Ash is the main character and his POV is all we get. Ash thinks through what to do with the information he is given. He is smart, but not too smart. Also he doesn’t have a bunch of great survival abilities, most of that comes from Pia. Ash and Pia are new to Vermont, so they don’t have many ties to the community. They both join groups, much opposed to each other, and this creates a divide in their marriage.
At first, I really liked Ash and Pia together. She is a little quirky and Ash really loves that about her. They both want to leave less of a carbon footprint and Vermont is the perfect place for people like them. Ash and Pia are more like Yuppies Hippies living in the country for the first time in their marriage. Vermont is also the perfect place for people that have been there forever and religious fanatics. I thought there were both hanging with some dark characters but they all end up with a common goal, keep what they have and survive The Storm.
The Storm was horrifying little addition to this story. In this reality, global warming has forced mother earth into action. The Storm is a combination of monster hurricane and winter storm bigger than anything the planet has ever seen. Ash and Pia decide to prepare as best they can and hunker down at home. Pia is filled with excitement and Ash is filled with fear. Ash watches in horror as Pia obsesses over her preparations. The small town in Vermont is the perfect place for The Storm to do the most damage to people that put pride in the land they live on. They are all survivalists of some sort.The question becomes, how does anyone prepare for The Storm.
The story moves at a great pace. I was sucked in right away. I loved all the characters that Ash interacts with, especially the little boy from next door. The author did a great job to shine a light on global warming without pointing fingers at who is to blame. This timely adventure had me captivated a more than a little horrified. The author’s note at the end is worth reading. I highly recommend this book!