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
In her debut novel, Reilly offers a timely and terrifying, if at times heavy-handed, vision of impending climate-change-triggered devastation, both environmental and interpersonal. In their mid-30s, Ash and his wife, Pia, feel they've outgrown the self-conscious artifice of their hipster lives in Brooklyn. So they retreat to Ash's native Vermont, purchasing a secluded woodland home and embarking on what they hope is a simpler life. But the couple's personal worries and disputes over failing to conceive a child soon pale in comparison to their much deeper conflicts prompted by a looming weather event dubbed simply the Storm. Pia feels great kinship with the local survivalist "prepper" movement, while Ash puts his faith in the systems set up by his newly reclaimed community. After months of increasingly bizarre and unpredictable weather, the couple's relationship (not to mention their respective preparations) are put to a dramatic test. Although the narrative tends to lapse into preachy philosophizing, the situations Reilly describes seem unsettlingly plausible (even if the meteorologists of the near future seem to possess uncannily prescient forecasting skills). Ultimately, Ash's story points to human connection, rather than radical isolationism, as the key to surviving a crisis, a message that will uplift readers.
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The end was worth the wait
I felt the build up and near misses of "the storm" in the whole first 2/3 of the book to a bit too drug out. I had all but lost interest until, out of (basically) no where, the whole thing speeds up, because extremely exciting and then I couldn't set the book down. Definitely worth the wait.
We were unprepared
I did not like this book. Main character was silly, lazy and fickle. I would not recommend