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At the End of Everything

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Teenagers at a juvenile treatment center are abandoned when the guards and all caretakers learn of a pandemic sweeping across the world.

While some choose to leave in an attempt to survive and be free, others remain at the center and must decide how to stay healthy while still helping the group as a whole.

It does not take long for supplies to begin dwindling down and outbreaks to happen in the center. Will these teens make it on their own?

Loved that this was a story told from multiple viewpoints as this was the perfect piece for a variety of voices. I also really appreciated that this author created a fictional piece very much like what we are all experiencing at the current moment during the still ongoing pandemic.

Intriguing, thought-provoking and an overall clever idea!
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This book for sure needs a pandemic trigger warning.
It was glaringly realistic, and after living through the last three years, I found it more than plausible. 
Three teens abandoned to the juvenile detention system are at first elated when no one shows up, and the lights go out but soon realize that they have many challenges ahead of them.
It's pretty much a nightmare scenario as the plague runs through the kids, and these already troubled people have to divvy up supplies and decide who to trust.
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Excellent book. This is a story about a group of delinquent children who try to escape the juvenile treatment centre they’re in, not realising there’s an infectious disease outside, which means they’re stuck. This was so action packed and interesting to see how this group of teens deal with the situation.
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This author is just absolutely amazing. They’ve made me cry, and laugh, and view the world differently. I was so happy to get the ark of this novel, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve told my friends to purchase it. It’s very interesting seeing the story from the point of view of a child being left behind in a juvenile prison during what seems to be the end of the world. You can’t predict the story as it folds out in front of you, which keeps the reader hooked until the very end.
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Unfortunately I struggled with this book and found myself skimming to the end.   This book sadly just wasn’t for me.
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Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book was a harder one for me to read but I think that has to do with the subject matter in relation to the pandemic. You have teens at a detention center ,basically cast off from society and forgotten who have to survive together when the outside world is affected by a plague. I found myself rooting for these kids. Each one has their  own story about why they are there, what they are struggling with and they are what keep you engaged in this story.
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This book was a interesting concept, but i think when reading it it still felt a little too close to home for me, hence i haven't finished reading it.  I think one day i will really enjoy this one, i found the first 1/3 of the book interesting concept and the characters seemed to be growing in depth. I just personally cannot read a book about a pandemic when i thought i would find it refreshing to have a different take on it! Clever concept, just not for me
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This was such a heavy and yet captivating book. This group of kids struggles before the plague and still had to fight for just the basics to survive. The whole story kept me reading and I finished the book in just a few hours. While it was such a heavy and intense read, it was also captivating and powerful. I definitely enjoyed the writing and also enjoyed the “file” information that was added as well.
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Thinking about being trapped in a juvenile detention center is a scary thought, this book makes it even scarier than I could have imagined. This is a YA dystopian/apocalypse thriller that I truly couldn't put down. I don't read a lot of YA, but I took a chance on this one and it paid off!
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𝘉𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘢𝘭, 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨!

An action-packed and thrilling story that explores sensitive topics like mental health, racism and transphobia. This beautifully written story about love, loss and bravery  gripped me from start to finish.

Thank you Sourcebooks and NetGalley for this gifted copy.

At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp releases tomorrow January 25, 2022.

𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦: 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘵, 𝘋𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘢, 𝘔𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘺, 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦, 𝘓𝘎𝘉𝘛𝘘, 𝘚𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘍𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.

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We have seen many iterations of what would happen if teenagers were left to govern themselves, though At the End of Everything has the added difficulty of a plague. The teens are left in a facility to die but have to work together to stay alive. There were a couple characters at the beginning of the book that I thought were going to play a larger role but they mainly just vanished. I really liked the beginning of the book, the setup was done phenomenally, and the development of the characters, especially Logan. Also, for once in a book with multiple POVs, I liked all of the narrators so I didn't have to slog through chapters I didn’t care about. The ending left me a little unsatisfied, I think because it was essentially a COVID book, I wanted there to be some sort of resolution or distinct ending. The ending just left too many loose ends. For me, this was a 3.5/5.

If you like multiple POVs with very distinct characters, dystopian reads, or delinquent teens, this is the one for you. 

I received a digital copy of this book free from Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you to Sourcefire Books and Netgalley for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. 

A deeply profound novel, Nijkamp brings us through how to process isolation, a pandemic and our own emotions in the face of adversity. A thrilling contemporary suspense novel, you really get sucked into the world of the Hope Juvenile Center and won't want to leave until you reach the conclusion. 

This novel is fully engrossing. You want to find out why each character is at the center, get the information of why they're all there. Once you do, you get attached to them quickly. While I wasn't in the mood for a novel centered around a pandemic/plague, there is so much more too this than that. It's deeply eye-opening and at times heartbreaking. You learn about what they're feeling, and you feel that despair with them as they try to grapple with the events of the book. 

I was quickly attached to Emerson. Their character resonated with me the most. Their need to strive to find themselves and to come to terms with why they were at Hope was a beautiful journey to watch. Despite the heartbreak enwrapped in it. 

If you are looking for something that can relate to what we're going through with this pandemic, or you're a fan of underdog stories, this one is a great pick!
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I requested this book because both of the other books I’ve read by Marieke Nijkamp (THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS and BEFORE I LET GO) have been powerfully told stories and really well written– and this one is no exception. I wish I had been in a different place when I picked up this book to read it. Like, I loved the characters, and it’s such a heart-wrenching story. I wish I’d had more emotional bandwidth as I was reading the book, which isn’t the author’s fault at all. I think I just happened to read it when my emotional gas tank was almost empty.

But. All that aside.

So the story follows three points of view: Logan, who communicates via a sign language she and her twin sister developed between them; Emerson, a new resident of Hope who’s also nonbinary; and Grace, a girl with some big anger issues who winds up reluctantly in charge of the group.

I loved the balance of those three points of view. They all have different feelings and ideas about what’s happening and how to go forward in the best way. Each of them contribute critical things to the survival of the group, but in really different ways. I think the whole story could have been told from any one of those perspectives, but I think having all three added so much to the depth and breadth of the book.

The plot is pretty simple– a deadly plague disrupts every aspect of life as they know it– but it brings really high stakes. The characters literally face life and death decisions at every turn. I read this book in two days, and I couldn’t not do that. I was absolutely drawn into the story and what would happen to each of the characters in it.

Something about the book reminded me of AWAY WAY WE GO by Emile Ostrovski. It’s a bit darker than that one is, but I guess it has a similar feel in terms of this small, collapsing world inside a culture faced with a global pandemic. I think fans of edgy fiction will like AT THE END OF EVERYTHING.
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I did not enjoy this book- but still hear it was really good. I ended up getting rid of it prior to finishing just because I could not get into it!
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At the End of Everything is equally heartbreaking and uplifting. It tells the story of a group of juvenile offenders who are literally left alone to deal with an outbreak of the plague. 

These are the kids that no one wanted to help, which means that there's a lot of representation. From the autistic girl who makes great plans (but can't speak) to the non-binary character who has been longing to belong, they make their way anyway they can. 

Some of them don't make it, but all of those who do are forever changed. The cool thing is that by banding together to survive, they all learn much more about themselves and what they want out of the future. 

I loved this book!
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Another great YA thriller from Marieke Nijkamp! I'd never read a book with a cast of "delinquent" teens, but it made for such a unique and interesting read. Nijkamp gets better and better with every release!
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Perfect for teens looking for a thrill! My daughter said it was great and recommended to her friends!
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I found this YA book set in a fictional time and place about incarceration and plaque to be a little too realistic for comfort. But that is the point. The story went along and was captivating and in the end, incredibly hopeful. If we could all just remember that we’re all in this together for good times and bad times and treat each other as we’d like to be treated things will be okay. Thank you to #netgalley and the publisher for #attheendofeverything to read and review
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I didn't particularly enjoy this one as much. It felt a little too unrealistic for me and I just couldn't relate to any of the characters.
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New to me author but definitely won't be last. Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Thanks Netgalley and to the publisher for letting me read this advance copy.
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