"It's the end of the world as we know it..." (R.E.M.) This should be Camilla's theme song. The year is 2020 and Camilla Lou Brightly is having a little bit of bad luck. The ice in Greenland is melting and scientists like her father are predicting dire consequences. Meanwhile, Camilla is working for a PR firm that numbers among its most recent clients a firm that specializes in networking the smart appliances in homes so that you can do things like make coffee from your couch.
After her home is networked, someone starts blackmailing her over a secret she didn't know she had. Her refrigerator begins behaving in a sentient manner. And if that wasn't enough, she has been witness to a "nut-napping."
With a little help from her friends at work, Camilla investigates what's going on and works hard to restore her life as best she can. "Wake" - the prequel to "An Etiquette Guide to the End Times" - is a novel of climate change, unruly appliances, and finding a place to belong." (Goodreads.com)
The best thing about this novel is the sense of humor that is present throughout the book. There is a tongue in cheek way of looking at things. Yes, Camilla has problems, but for the most part she can find the good or bizarre in the situations. She strikes me mostly as a glass half full kind of woman. She is capable of worrying a situation to death and blurting out the wrong thing at the wrong time, but it doesn't take much to turn around her mood.
The plot of the book moves forward at a steady pace. The geological event worsens at about the same rate as the problems in Camilla's life. It's told from Camilla's point of view. The other important characters in the book seem to be well developed also.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.