This is no ordinary apocalypse…
Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo Sterling. Leo might be hottest boy ever (and not just because he’s the only one left), but he’s also too charming, too selfish, and too devastating for his own good, let alone Hannah’s.
Stuck with only each other, they explore a world with no parents, no friends, and no school and realize that they can be themselves instead of playing the parts everyone expects of them. Hannah doesn’t have to be just an overachieving, music-box-perfect ballerina, and Leo can be more than a slacker, 80s-glam-metal-obsessed guitarist. Leo is a burst of honesty and fun that draws Hannah out, and Hannah’s got Leo thinking about someone other than himself for the first time.
Together, they search for answers amid crushing isolation, but while their empty world may appear harmless . . . it’s not. Because nothing is quite as it seems, and if Hannah and Leo don’t figure out what’s going on, they might just be torn apart forever.
Having read a few ‘end of the world’ novels recently, You & Me at the End of the World is by far the best. It differs from the others in that the ‘end’ has already happened, there is no prior panic, no what-ifs… Hannah and Leo wake up one day and realise they are the only ones left in their city. We see their journey towards understanding what has happened and where everyone has gone.
I read this in just over a day, which proves to me that it is engaging, and I didn’t want to put it down (my reading has been a bit slower lately, taking me about a week per book usually).
I found the main characters of Hannah and Leo to be relatable and realistic, their thoughts and actions plausible given their circumstances. The insight into each character’s mental health and method of ‘coping’ was intriguing, including how they came to understand and help each other, their personalities complimenting the other, even though they came from very different backgrounds and perspectives.
I really enjoyed the pace of the plot and thought it was fantastic. I don’t want to give too much away but seeing the characters grow and boost each other as people, along with the ‘will they won’t they’ in terms of romance, and the outcome when they understand everything that has happened to them was excellent.
This is a fantastically entertaining read that you can easily lose yourself in and not want to put it down.
Thank you to Harriet Dunlea at Scholastic UK for the arc to review.
You & Me at the End of the World will be released in the UK on 5th August!
Brianna Bourne is author of You & Me at the End of the World. When she’s not writing, she works as a stage manager for ballet companies . Originally from Texas, Brianna grew up in Indonesia and Egypt and now lives in England with her rock musician husband and their two daughters. You can find out more about her on Twitter at @briannabourneYA.