Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2023) Featured Review of All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown

All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown
Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
ISBN: 9780063054974

Andrew and Jamie, both with secrets of their own, lost everyone they cared about after a deadly pathogen killed off much of the population, but they find each other when they need it most and begin a dangerous trek together to search for civilization.

All That’s Left in the World is told from the point of view of Andrew, an expert at telling hilarious sarcastic jokes, and Jamie, a hopeful and kind person who loves Hallmark movies. Andrew is looking for help after he gets his leg stuck in a bear trap when he comes across Jamie’s cabin, and the rest is history.

This is a romance story just as much as it is a survival story. The banter between Jamie and Andrew is well-written and entertaining, and they share many sweet moments throughout while they also face heart-pounding obstacles on their journey to finding other survivors.

Since this book is about a pandemic-driven apocalypse, it may hit too close to home for readers that want to stay away from any Covid-19 stories. However, this would make a solid recommendation for fans of survival titles like Dry by Neal Shusterman or apocalyptic stories like The Walking Dead.

– Allison Riggs

Other Nominated Titles:

  • When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord
  • The Last Laugh by Mindy McGinnis
  • Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination. 

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.