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How to Survive Everything Reviews

How to Survive Everything by Ewan Morrison

How to Survive Everything

Ewan Morrison

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2 reviews

Imprint: Saraband
Publisher: Saraband
Publication date: 1 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781913393151

Haley and Ben's father, with inside knowledge of a new and deadly pandemic, kidnaps them and takes them to his prepper compound for their own safety. They have no contact with the outside world and face deeply conflicting views of reality with no reliable source of news. Will they survive, save their mother, deter intruders and keep everyone safe?

3 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
27 Mar 2021

"The funniest thing about this book is that it is funny."

The funniest thing about this book is that it is funny. The oddball others in the secret facility, Haley freezing at the idea of any choice, her obese and aggravating kid brother and the ways in which divorce, depression and disaster can all be weaponised make this a skewed comedy of manners — as if The Good Life had been rewritten by George A. Romero.

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5 stars out of 5
Allan Massie
26 Feb 2021

"There is a shortage of novels that can make you both feel and think as this one does"

What, apart from curiosity, makes the reading-on irresistible is the narrative voice. All novels, I often think, stand or fall by the narrative voice, whether first or third person. Here it belongs to Haley and it is wonderful. There are faint echoes of Salinger’s Holden Caulfield, classic voice of teenage uncertainties, but Haley, anxious (for good reason), puzzled, angry, loving, ironic, is entirely herself, and entrancing. Her narrative is undercut or intertwined with passages from Ed’s “Manual for Survival” and her own “How To...” guidelines for anyone who has survived the pandemic to learn from. In short, Haley is a triumph and because the voice is right, the novel is right.