Review: How To Survive A Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters by Andrew Shaffer

STK642606Sharks Are Flying at Your Head at 300 mph.
How Will You Survive?

In the apocalyptic world we live in, Mother Nature is angry. Danger waits at every turn, and catastrophes like the Los Angeles sharknados have taught us that we need to be ready for anything. Too many lives have already been lost.

But fear not. How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters is the first and only comprehensive guide to surviving the very worst that Mother Nature can throw our way. Inside this life-saving reference, you’ll find:

• Vital information about dozens of unnatural disasters and ungodly monsters that can injure, maim, or kill you, from arachnoquakes and ice twisters to piranhacondas and mega pythons;

• Easy-to-understand survival tips for avoiding a bloody demise;

• Inspirational words of wisdom from survivors, including Fin Shepard and April Wexler;

• Useful resources, such as the Shepard Survival Assessment Test (S.S.A.T), and much more.

With this essential book in hand, you too can be a hero who laughs in the face of calamity while saving friends and family. Or you can just avoid getting savagely ripped apart by a sharktopus. Either way, you’ve been warned. Now be prepared.

PUBLISHER: Three Rivers Press

PAGES: 224


I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Thank you to the folks at Three Rivers Press and Blogging For Books. I appreciate it. 🙂

I think I’m in love with this book. I’m completely serious. I think I’m in love with it. I think I’m going to reference it to anyone that will listen (or not listen) in the upcoming school year. I don’t usually read books like this (i.e. survival guide parodies), but I’m glad that I was sent this one!

I can already see a statue being erected in my honor or a building being named after me. I can already see President Obama handing me an award in the presence of millions of people. I can see the Queen knighting me or– and this is the preferred option– perhaps offering Prince Harry’s hand in marriage in exchange for my heroic acts. I can see everything very clearly. I know exactly what to do in the case of a Piranhaconda attack. I know exactly where to hide in case a Manticore enters my Management and Business class this next fall. I know the symptoms of an Antdemic. I know… everything. I’m pretty much the most-prepared person I know for unnatural and highly-unlikely disasters. And this, my dear friends, fills me with an unhealthy amount of pride and self-satisfaction.


G: It’s definitely meant for older people, but this reads like a guidebook and doesn’t contain cussing or inappropriate references


Like I said above, this book reads like a real-life guidebook. There are quotes from fictional people, anecdotes from the author, and survival tips for the most ridiculous of disasters (Whalestrom, anyone?). Even if you don’t usually read parodies, I would suggest this one. It’s witty, funny, and a nice break from the normal fiction that I read. I found myself laughing at loud at its absurdity! I know that it’ll also make a beautiful addition to my college bookshelf when I move in in a couple of days. It’s a great conversation starter, for sure!


My only complaint with this book was its guidebook nature. Reading entry after entry became boring by the end of the book, but the authors’ sass and ability to make up complete trash kept me entertained until the last page.


Did you even have to wonder what the song I would choose for this section would be? Puhlease, it’s too easy. 😉


Overall, I’d give this one a 4/5! It’s not something that I’d usually pick up, but I found it immensely entertaining. If you buy books about how to survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse, then you should check this book out. It’s right up your alley.


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