I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It may not be for everyone BUT, if you find a sense of humor a happy addition to your survival stories, then you are in for a treat!
If you are easily offended by a 6 ft lesbian with a manic depressive personality along with OCD disorder and a disdain for organized religion (and very strong views on God, liberals, republicans, rich people, people with big houses, etc... - actually, she is an equal opportunity offender so it's nothing personal), then perhaps this is not the book for you. It got a bit preachy at times (if the author's viewpoint is not your own) but it wasn't enough to make me put down the book and I think by the end, we both came a bit closer to a better understanding of each others point of view.
Katy, or Crazy Katy, as she is more commonly known as, has been preparing for the apocalypse her entire life. She didn't know exactly what form it was going to take but with all of the signs that were available with people abusing the earth, wars, etc.. she knew it was going to happen at some point. She is a blogger, who thanks to her success in predicting some terrible weather related tragedies, has an extended audience through television interviewers who always come out after one of her predictions comes true.
The latest happens right as she is preparing for what she considers to be "The Big One" and just her luck, as she is locking everything down, Lucy Powers, the reporter who has always looked down on Katy during these interviews, is stranded and comes knocking at her door looking for shelter. Just what Katy needs, Lucy Powers to ruin her apocalypse. Katy, Lucy, and her sons all settle in for the end of the world. While seemingly tough, Katy really does have a heart of gold that you occasionally get glimpses of and through her radio setup, is helping people throughout the world trying to survive the weather disasters and giving them advice how to survive.
There are moments of extreme sadness, of people giving up hope, of unexpected moments of joy, and the knowledge that it is not just surviving, but living that is what is necessary for people that find themselves in these types of situations to remember.
I have read a lot of these types of survival novels and learned many new things in this book - especially regarding cold weather survival. Did you know you could turn a car into a temporary igloo to survive the freezing temps? That would come in handy if you get stuck in a blizzard.
All of the characters are well developed - not just the main ones - and you end up liking them whether you wanted to or not. This is not only a story of survival and survival tips but also a love story and I enjoyed every word - in fact, it took me four hours, but I read the book in one evening and didn't want it to end!
I highly recommend this book - for the rich character development, the humor, and of course, the new survival tips.