You & Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Dystopian
About the Book
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.
About the Author
Hannah’s been in a world where she suspects she’s the only one living. She’s come across neither human nor animal; even the squirrels and birds are gone. She spends her days practicing ballet and hiding from the silence outside. When she finally ventures out of her home, she runs into Leo, a boy she’s seen around school. With dreams of making it big in music, Hannah’s presence surprises Leo as he also thought he was the last one living. While they have a lot of theories about what is going on, they aren’t entirely sure. We follow them on their adventures in this new world.
At first, Hannah was a hard person to like, but that’s just because we have such opposing personalities. She was too rigid with very little imagination. That’s why running into Leo is perfect. He helps bring out the lighter side of life for her. It was then that I started to really like and relate to her. I loved the fun they have together, the perspectives they each bring to the varying situations.
I highlighted so many things while reading that resonated with me or just left me with a really good feeling. With a fun, dystopian-esque premise, this book ticks a lot of boxes, easily fluctuating between light and fun, to emotional and feel-good moments; a super fun read. Thank you, Scholastic Books and Terminal Book Tours, for sending this along!
Thank you, Terminal Tours, for including me in this blog tour!