About the Book
Title: I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse
Author: C.H. Clepitt
Length: 112 pages
Published: May 26, 2016
Is anyone truly prepared for the apocalypse?
Well, Kerry certainly isn’t, and she fairly quickly discovers that looking sharp in a business suit and heels is not going to help anyone when there’s an apocalypse, with possible zombies!
Together with a super spy, an ex girl guide and a personal trainer with manly foraging skills, Kerry must battle terrifying religious cults, rich people and her personal demons, all whilst having the daily chore of deciding what to wear.
This is a laugh out loud comedy with romance, heart and talking badgers, and is not to be missed.
What would you wear to the apocalypse? #IWoreHeels
This short book is weird in all the best ways. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious, poking fun at all kinds of human foibles.
The story starts with Kerry, the likable everywoman narrator, getting her high heel stuck in a storm grate. Rescued by the classic Handsome Stranger, this sets a series of odd adventures in motion. After escaping from an apocalyptic explosion with only their lives, Kerry and her assembled “team” must navigate the world left to them. It doesn’t go exactly according to plan, which seems to be how Kerry’s life is in general.
Armed with flashy track suits, incontinence pads, and a talking badger (yes, really), Kerry learns a lot more about herself and her friends than she does about surviving the possible zombie attacks. This is a world where things are upside down, including some abused literary tropes.
I love how so many things are satirized and turned on their ears. One of my favorites is the way both gay and straight identities are humorously played as “confused,” while bisexual identity is stable and not confusing at all. Villains are heroes, heroes are flawed, and no one is safe from the on-point wit in the writing.
There is no rest for the weary here; you stay on your toes while reading or you miss all the fun. Every time it seems like they might figure it out and save the day, there’s a new obstacle or plot twist. It’s a wild ride, so hang on tight.
For non-stop laughs, surprisingly deep thoughts, and an endearing badger, this gets 10/10 fountain pens.
About the Author
C H Clepitt has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of the West of England. As her Bachelor’s Degree was in Drama, and her Master’s Dissertation focused on little known 18th Century playwright Susannah Centlivre, Clepitt’s novels are extremely dialogue driven, and it has often been observed that they would translate well to the screen.
Since graduating in 2007, she gained experience in community and music journalism, before establishing satirical news website, Newsnibbles in 2010. In 2011 she published her first book, A Reason to Stay, which follows the adventures of disillusioned retail manager, Stephen, as he is thrust into village life and the world of AmDram. Clepitt’s feminist fantasy, The Book of Abisan not only crosses worlds, but confuses genres, and has been described as a crime drama with magic. She has often said that she doesn’t like the way that choosing a genre forces you to put your book into a specific little box, and instead she prefers to distort the readers’ expectations and keep them guessing. Her 2016 work, I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse does just that, as just like the characters, the readers won’t know what’s going on in this laugh out loud satirical scifi.