How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, I tend to pick books based off the title and the cover. Usually, that is enough for me to know I want to read the book, and I usually think I know what the book will be about. That’s not always the case though! How to Pack for the End of the World was one of those books that held surprises under the cover for me! It is not an apocalyptic story, but a mystery surrounding a group of friends at their school.

Amina has just started a new school due to her anxiety and consistent focus on dooms-day situations. She finds some like-minded friends, and they create a new group where they focus on survivalist techniques. They create increasingly intense and difficult challenges that the group needs to succeed in. Someone is attacking the group one by one on social media though, and the need to figure out who it is.

I really enjoyed this story. I thought the plot was intriguing, and I found myself surprised over and over again by what was going on. It was easy to become invested in what was happening! This wasn’t a stressful read, and I appreciated that. My favorite parts were when the group played their survival games. I thought they were so interesting!

I really enjoyed the main character, Amina. She was relatable, and I understood her continued focus and anxiousness about the what-if scenarios.

Overall, this was a fun, easy read that I would recommend to anyone!

Content Warning:

There is a situation that involves some anti-semitic actions.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend How to Pack for the End of the World for readers that enjoy stories of friendships and character development.

Where to Find This Book:

How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff is available at these sites:

Amazon ~ Make a Way Media ~ Goodreads


The Breakfast Club meets We Are the Ants in this timely story for a generation of young activists.

If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do?

This is the question that haunts Amina as she watches new and horrible stories of discord and crisis flash across the news every day.

But when she starts at prestigious Gardner Academy, Amina finds a group of like-minded peers to join forces with—fast friends who dedicate their year to learning survival skills from each other, before it’s too late.

Still, as their prepper knowledge multiplies, so do their regular high school problems, from relationship drama to family issues to friend blow-ups. Juggling the two parts of their lives forces Amina to ask another vital question: Is it worth living in the hypothetical future if it’s at the expense of your actual present?

Just the Facts:

How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff
Genre: YA Mystery
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (HarperTeen)
Pub Date: November 10, 2020

Michelle Falkoff is the author of Playlist for the Dead, Pushing Perfect, Questions I Want to Ask You, and How to Pack for the End of the World. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as director of communication and legal reasoning at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Author Links:
Website ~ Twitter  ~  Instagram ~ Goodreads


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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