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Sunday 29 July 2018

Review: After the Lights Go Out

What would you do if everything suddenly went black?

No lights. No electricity. No phones. Everything with a battery fried.

What would you do? How would you find food? How would you survive?

These are the core questions behind Lili Wilkinson’s new novel After the Lights Go Out

This addictive and enthralling book explores humanity at its best and worst as a small mining community struggles to survive in the face of the ultimate doomsday scenario.

But not everyone is so underprepared. 

Pru Palmer and her sisters have been preparing for this event for years. 

With a bunker of supplies and comprehensive survival skills provided by their conspiracy-theory obsessed father, they know exactly what to do to keep themselves safe.

But staying safe means making hard decisions, and sometimes those decisions mean making choices about who gets to live. And who doesn’t.

After the Lights Go Out is a gripping, thrilling and thought-provoking novel. It will challenge your perception of right and wrong in a disaster scenario and make you think about what you would do in such a situation. 

Would you share supplies, even if it meant your family might not survive? Would you put your trust in others or would you keep to yourself?

But this story is so much more than a journey through disaster. Weaved throughout this fascinating look at human behaviour when things go south are stories of love, friendship and betrayal.

The characters are real and raw, dealing with everyday challenges on top of the end-of-the-world they face. 

The book is an honest look at people — all kinds of people. What they think, who they love, who they hate, what they want from life and who they want to be.

It’s a story about courage and fear and learning to be who you are so you can fight for the things you believe in.

Wilkinson is a super talented author, and her way with words pulls you into her story world in a way that makes the novel play out like a movie in your head. After the Lights Go Out is raw, real, gritty, surprising and thrilling. A perfect YA read!

Title: After the Lights Go Out
Author: Lili Wilkinson
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $19.99
Publication Date: 25 July 2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760297299
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction