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My Love Life and the Apocalypse – Melissa Welliver

Thank you very much to the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Humans have gone and cities are empty, looked after by bots.

But not all robots are machines. Echo is part-human, his heart ruled by an unreliable E-Mote chip which means he’s pretty much a normal boy surviving on canned beans. Living his best life.

Then a space-pod crash-lands in his neighbourhood with a girl on board. Pandora.

She’s his last hope, and apparently he’s hers – if they really are all that’s left alive…

The minute I saw the announcement for this post-apocalyptic rom-com online, I knew I had to add it to my TBR. If you combine dystopia, humour and romance in a book, there is no doubt that I will enjoy it. So, My Love Life and the Apocalypse was the perfect combination of genres for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Humans have gone and the cities are empty, being looked after by bots. But, not all robots are machines. Echo is part-human, his heart is ruled by an unreliable E-Mote chip which means he is more or less an ordinary boy, surviving on canned beans and living his best life. Then, a space-pod crashes into his neighbourhood with a girl on board, Pandora. She is his last hope and apparently, he is hers. 

This was a lot of fun to read with an excellent balance of comedy, romance and post-apocalyptic tension. There were moments throughout this book where I found myself laughing out loud and then other moments when the tension had me on the edge of my seat. Altogether, it made for an excellent read.

I loved that this book was a dual narrative between Echo and Pandora. It allowed readers to see both sides of the story and what they think about the ongoing ‘end-of-the-world’. 

Echo is a hilarious character whose pop-culture references I loved. He is caring and funny and we get to see him learn more about himself as the book progresses. Pandora is determined, thoughtful and caring and I loved her chapters in the book. I loved seeing their relationship develop throughout the book. There are a number of sweet and tender moments between the pair which were heart-warming. Also, the fact that she doesn’t understand any of Echo’s pop-culture references made their relationship more endearing.

The plot of this book had me hooked straight away and when combined with the incredible world-building, it makes for an excellent story. Melissa Welliver’s writing is captivating and draws you into this amazing world she has created. I will certainly be picking up more books by her in the future!

Overall, My Love Life and the Apocalypse is a captivating and hilarious post-apocalyptic rom-com. It shows the aftermath of the ‘end of the world’, has a slow-burn romance and will make you laugh out loud. I cannot recommend this one enough!

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