“So you want to make up a whole new religion just so a kid will stop asking questions,” Lucy said. Dev nodded. “That’s what religion was for, wasn’t it? That, and tax exemptions.”
Happy Doomsday had redeeming qualities, for sure. It was well-written, and the characters were awesome, especially Dev. I included a very Dev-like quote just so you get a small character snapshot of him. He sure made the book a whole lot better. He is an autistic teenager, who had trouble fitting in. But he surely seemed to know what to do when everyone but him dropped dead one day.
It moved a little slow for me, and the character development wasn’t quite what I wanted. We followed three teenagers throughout the novel, who all suffered in different ways. I didn’t connect with any of the characters on a deeper level and never grew attached to any of them but Dev. And Dev’s dog. Which, don’t even get me started on that.
With the cover and description, I expected the book to be funnier. It was witty and sarcastic, but I didn’t think it was funny at many points. I thought the depiction of the apocalypse was too realistic and that the dead bodies and animal abuse might have been a bit too much to consider this a true YA novel.
I’ve got to be honest, I probably would have abandoned this book completely if it wasn’t for Dev, and honestly if it left out the other two character’s point of view, I think it would have been just as good, if not better.