WE ARE UNPREPARED by Meg Little Reilly & Giveaway



Can a Vermont couple, recently transplanted from Brooklyn, survive the worst weather disaster in recorded history? That’s the question asked in BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge’s next novel, WE ARE UNPREPARED (MIRA) by Meg Little Reilly.

Ironically I was reading this unsettling novel last week, while hurricane Matthew was barreling towards us here in South Florida. For once, Presidential politics had been replaced on the television by the weather-casters determined to scare the hell out of us, along with the news anchors urging us to buy everything edible on store shelves. But then again, look what happened to Haiti and other parts of the east coast. You never can be too prepared, or can you? The characters in WE ARE UNPREPARED become so obsessed by an approaching storm, it threatens to split the town apart and emotionally damage them before it even arrives.

Pia and Ash have left their lucrative urban careers behind to live a more authentic life in Isole, Vermont (pop.6,481). They want to learn how to “pickle” things and lead a slower, more meaningful life. Their Brooklyn friends think they’re crazy, but secretly are really jealous of them giving up the fast lane and kind of wish they had the guts. But soon after they arrive, as they’re settling into their new home, the U.S. weather authorities announce that a natural disaster, called “The Superstorm” is on it’s way. The Superstorm is in the form of “as many as thirty named tropical storms and hurricanes,” plus “likely heat waves and drought, and even severe blizzards.” That’s in September.

Everyone in town tries to stay calm and go about their everyday life, but soon it’s all anyone can talk about and paranoia begins eating away at the populace. Things aren’t any better between Pia and Ash. He’s on the side of the government tools and she’s working with the “paranoid preppers” and both are at odds. You can cut the tension at home with a knife. The storm finally arrives in the spring and by then, fear has spread like the plague.

As a reader, you’re ready for the storm to finally arrive. I liked the addition of the characters August and Maggie to break up the main interaction between Pia and Ash. I don’t want to give anything away, but I could tell where the relationship between Pia and Ash was headed from the beginning, especially after the worms moved in.

I found the topic of WE ARE UNPREPARED incredibly interesting and timely. I live in South Florida where we have submerged three-inches since Cat 5, Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992, and continue to. Miami Beach becomes “Venice” whenever it rains. In addition to Zika and dengue fever, we have more tropical diseases appearing in our area. Yet our Republican Governor Scott has banned all state employees from acknowledging or using the words “climate change.”

I pray we are prepared when it becomes necessary.


Meg is a writer, environmentalist, crafter, hiker of mountains, swimmer of lakes, and reader of everything. Before getting serious about writing books, she worked for President Obama as Deputy Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget; and prior to that, as Spokesperson at the U.S. Treasury. She’s worked at Environmental Defense Fund, a couple great consulting firms, and has had more political internships than she can count. She’s eternally grateful to the smart people at Vermont Public Radio for hiring her out of college. She has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from the George Washington University. She grew up in Vermont and when not writing, you can find her playing outside with her husband Dan and two delightful daughters.

For all things Meg check her out on twitter @MegLittleReilly and her website http://www.meglittlereilly.com


Thanks to BookSparks for providing a copy of WE ARE UNPREPARED for an honest review. We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about the worst weather you’ve ever encountered. We’ll announce a winner Monday, October 17th. Good luck!

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16 thoughts on “WE ARE UNPREPARED by Meg Little Reilly & Giveaway

  1. The worst weather I’ve ever encountered was a day about 20 years ago when the city of San Antonio received 18 inches of rain in one day! Our next door neighbor’s house was struck by lightning during the storm! Luckily, it didn’t start a fire, because emergency crews were so busy they wouldn’t have gotten there on time to do anything. It was a crazy day!

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  2. Driving back to college in a torrential downpour. I was on the highway and couldn’t see inches in front of me and all the windows were steaming. That was a rough 3 hours but we made it.

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  3. Hurricane Hazel when I was 10. My father was in another state on business, my mother had a medical emergency, and there I was with my six year old brother, not knowing how to help my mother and scared to go out in the storm. Finally ran to a neighbor’s, and she knew what to do. But scary for sure.

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  4. A storm on my first plane ride ever .A trip from Boston to New York food carts flew down aisle luggage compartments flew open .Since I had never flown before I had no idea how really bad the flight was..

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  5. When I was living in Montreal I experienced the worst blizzard ever. Roads impassable, cars abandoned and drifts and mountains of snow everywhere. Had to shovel forever. Then moved away.

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  6. In March, 2014, we had a huge ice storm in central NC. Over 75% of the county was without power up to a week. My power went off at 4am on Friday and wasn’t back on until Monday afternoon so I was one of the lucky ones. I lost the contents of my freezer but that was our only problem (except that I went crazy once my electronic devices ran out of charge).

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  7. Fortunately I live in a state that doesn’t have horrible weather but I do remember driving back from Phoenix years ago by myself and got slammed by a powerful rain storm. I couldn’t see the road but somehow managed to get to an exit and I found a store parking lot to sit and wait for it too pass. It was a bit scary.

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  8. The worst weather I remember was a blizzard that dumped 25 inches of snow about 20 years ago. I live in a rural area with lots of mountains, so everything was shut down here for a week. My oldest son was at his grandparents and could not get home for a week.

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  9. Hurricane Fran hit North Carolina when I was in college, and it was pretty terrifying. I lived about three hours inland, and the rain coming in hard and sideways flooded my 4th floor dorm room. Students were swimming in the streets…We were without power for a week and still had to go to class. My state was hit pretty hard with Matthew, too. There are still flooded areas, not too unlike when Floyd hit in 1999, which was also a horrible storm. This book sounds fabulous!

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    1. I didn’t know about FL state employees and the ban on climate change talk! When does “it” ever end (from a state who also has a republican governor)….

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  10. One year my children were really little,we were having a snow storm that literally left us snow bound! There was two and one half feet of snow in our driveway! We were going no where anytime soon! My husband works for our local street department and he is was snow plow driver and was not allowed to come home for 24 hours. When did come home it was for a hot meal a shower and 4 hours of sleep, plow our driveway out and back to work for another twelve hours of plowing! It was amazing? We had a break for a few days and another storm had hit. All I could say was we had plenty of food the house was warm and thank goodness we never lost power! We always make sure we have plenty of supplies and if we lost power we had a wood stove to keep us warm and I could cook on the wood stove! Living in the Northeast you always have to be prepared for the worst weather! ❄️☃

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  11. A few years ago, it was raining hard while I was driving to work. At the same time, it was windy. The traffic was terrible and even with the windshield wipers on, it was hard to see because the breeze was pushing the rain in all directions. It was just a relief that there were no accidents.

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