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At the End of Everything

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This book was pretty good. At the End Of Everything is a novel about a juvenile detention center that gets left behind when a global plague begins. The novel covered a couple of the kids perspectives, which helped to get a sense of how things were going for each of them. I liked all the characters, but somehow; by the end of the novel, it didn’t feel like it really came to a close. However, there was a good group of diverse characters, so it was a true reflection of a juvenile center. Author did a great job.
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Teenagers are left at a treatment center while a plague runs throughout the world.

They must come together and find food and help eachother when they get sick. 
I felt like there wasn't really a plot. Nobody ever comes for them and nothing really happens.
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The teens at Hope Juvenile Treatment Center aren't really receiving much "treatment" and they certainly don't have much "hope." Admitted for various reasons, the teens follow the rules of the center and don't really form relationships with each other. When the guards don't show up for work one day, the teens venture outside, only to discover a respiratory plague has hit the area. Can the teens learn to work together and survive? Or will the plague and infighting take them out?

At the End of Everything is a survival dystopia set in the very near future. A little eerie to be reading about a respiratory plague, and there are definitely elements that mirror the societal effects of Covid-19. A nice standalone title that incorporates many characters that are failed by the justice system. Includes some language, but otherwise, a pretty PG title.
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This was a good read but nothing really stood out or kept me on the edge of my seat. We follow a group of kids left to die in a facility when an deadly outbreak hits. Some leave to find a better way to survive. As the story goes on we see bits and pieces of the kids' background in the form of phone calls. The kids that we follow do tend to grow into their new roles as providers and survivors quite well but the odds are stacked against most of them.
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This was a hard book to read,  with the pandemic not over it just felt too close to what we are dealing with, as a book overall it worked but i wished there were fewer character/pov to get more emotionally involved with them.  I would read other books by this author and I appreciate the attempt to deal with the subject
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This book started out strong! I love a good YA dystopia book, particularly pandemic-related. The tension and world-building in the opening chapters was great. However, I found the multiple POVs difficult to keep up with and lost interest about halfway through. Perhaps it was characters I can't relate to or there wasn't enough suspense/underlying fear for my taste. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.
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This book felt super eerie and uncomfortable with the current pandemic but the author managed to hit the nail on the head. I really like the cast of characters but I wasn’t rooting for anyone or convinced by the voice/actions of the individuals. It’s an interesting story of survival but a bit jumbled. 2.75/5
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“At The End Of Everything” will keep you on the edge of your seat the first the whole story. It’s creepy, timely, and hits very close to home. This is the kind of book that you will stay up all night to finish, the kind of book that gives you goosebumps. 

Set in a juvenile rehabilitation facility known as “Hope For Bright Futures”, the story follows a group of teens cast out by society for various reasons. Told through three main narrators, they tell of their fight for survival. They are all alone and left to figure out how to make it through. They are cut off from society, and can only get very rare contact from anyone on the outside. Some come together despite their differences, and some decide to flee. Each teen steps into a role no one asked for. It’s a harrowing account of our worst fears when society collapses. 

The characters are outstanding, especially my favorite, Emerson. I don’t want to spoil anything, but their story is the most heartbreaking. They do realize their strength and get not only a sense of being accepted, but gain their power back. I really appreciate that the author was so inclusive and how she built her characters. They were relatable, and their stories will stick with me a long time. 

I would like to thank Marieke Nijkamp, Sourcebooks Fire, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

Publication date: 01/04/2022
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This was a different style of book for me, and not what I was expecting.

In these difficult times, a story like this is a real link for YA readers.

Although it was a slow starter, the story did build. Sadly the number of characters made getting the story straight hard going.  Due to the circumstances of Hope, none of the characters were particularly likeable apart from Casey, maybe because we didn’t know his background!

The ending was a hard read, but totally relevant.  I would recommend to younger readers, a real conversation starter.

Thank you NetGalley.
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Not what I was expecting. 
I went into At the End of Everything thinking it was going to be much darker and macabre. The story revolves around a group of teens that society has labeled troubled and sent to Hope Juvenile Treatment Center. The reader can only assume the teens weren't treated fairly before the pandemic started, as we don't get a lot of backstory before. We pick up with the guards abandoning the teens to save themselves from the plague, and leaving the teens to fend for themselves. 
This was more a novel about survival and resilience, and how society treats those deemed disposable. While the plot was a bit flat, and not a lot of action in the story minus the stand off with soldiers at the beginning,  overall I liked  the book. I enjoyed the characters, they were emotionally drawn, with their flaws and all. At times while reading I felt  like I took to google and looked up covid-19, and it may have been a bit too soon for me to read a book about an infectious disease pandemic book.  The writing style was lovely and the book gives you hope even if things look to be hopeless.  If you're ready to read about a pandemic, and like post apocalyptical style of novels I recommend At the End of Everything. 

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher, Sourcebooks fire for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you NetGalley for an e-ARC of At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp.
At the End of Everything is a timely novel that explores the effects of a pandemic on juveniles in a detention center. Told from several points of view, the reader is able to see how different people deal with extreme circumstances, and what it takes to survive. An unlikely group of friends that need to work together will help teens recognize empathy. This is a book that teens will be able to relate to due to circumstances of COVID.
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This is such a heartwrenching story with an incredible cast of characters. All three POVs are so interesting to read. I love the autism rep and the nonbinary rep. While this is not a Covid-19 story, it is *based on* the current pandemic, and the plague in this story had some similarities to our real life situation right now. I think this story is very important and shines a light on how people in prisons and other similar institutions are being forgotten and left behind during the pandemic. The main characters are Logan, Grace and Emerson. Logan is autistic and nonverbal, and she has her own secret sign language to communicate with her twin sister, and I really love their bond. Grace is the one who takes care of everyone, she's such a strong and important character, and this book wouldn't be the same without her. Emerson is nonbinary and religious and they just seem to care so much about their friends, I love them. Special mention goes to Casey for being such a wonderful caregiver and doing his best to keep people alive. I have big love for him. This is not an easy story to read; it's sad, it's infuriating, and at times it made me cry - but there is a message of hope weaved into the pages. There is love, there is kindness, and there is friendship. There is a community, working together to survive. Fighting to stay alive. And that's important.
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This is a great suspense novel for a YA audience. It does eerily mirror the pandemic, so some people might not be quite ready for this topic yet. I appreciate the diversity of characters.
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I can't really put my finger on why I didn't like this book. Normally I'm all for YA books about queer youth and prisons. But something just missed the mark here, and I think it might have been too soon after COVID for me to read a book about plagues. That being said, Nijkamp certainly succeeded in forcing a visceral reaction out of me and created a gothic apocalyptic setting. I also really enjoyed the representation in Logan and Emerson. Might just be a case of the right book at the wrong time.

*Thank you to Sourcebooks FIRE and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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All of Marieke Nijkamp books are beautiful, heartbreaking and unputdownable. At the End of Everything was no exception. No one has any hope for the teens at Hope Juvenile Center. And one day literally everyone that is supposed to be responsible for them disappears.  Now what? 
Well, now you read this story! It's so darn good! Thank you so much for letting me read it!
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This slow burn apocalypse story was actually really good. I do wish that things would have progressed a little faster, however those who love slower plots will enjoy this one.  I love dystopians and this one was great.  The cast of characters were vastly diverse and I loved all of them.  The ending was a little lacking in emotion but other than it was ok.  It was kind of a let down after all of the emotion throughout the story.  Overall, I did still enjoy this one but in parts it just left me wanting more.
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Wow! Just... wow! At The End Of Everything is a book about a juvenile treatment center that has been forgotten due to the pandemic. Told through the perspectives of Grace, Emerson and Logan, Marieke Nijkamp brought such a diverse cast of characters to the forefront of thrillers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and gave me so much hope. The character development and the plot completes the story. I wanted more! Highly recommend and I hope you read this ASAP
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It took me a long time to finish this book, but I’m glad I did. I appreciated each individual’s character traits and the glimpses of their past. When a plague has hit and everyone is trapped in this new version of a world, the juvenile’s notice the guards have vanished and they have to figure out why and how to survive. This is a story about hope, trust, and teamwork. 

The juvenile’s of Hope detention center have to figure out where their food will come from, how this new plague has developed, and how to learn how to say goodbye as their peers are dying. I feel as though the author did a good job with their emotions and detailing each scene to give us a perfect visual as we read.

I do wish that there was more time spent on who each character was and what their full back story was. We received snips of a story for most, but it wasn’t enough for me. I also wish the ending was more fulfilling. I had a hard time keeping my attention, maybe because of COVID and dealing with the real life limitations that has caused. If you’re interested in plagues and what happens to the less deserving this book is for you.

Thank you NetGalley for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This book wasn’t one I would normally go for but it was engaging and kept me reading. The plot was interesting and pandemic stories have been so interesting to read during COVID-19. 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy to honestly review.
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Disclaimer: I received a free, advanced reader's e-edition of At the End of Everything from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

*Note: This review contains spoilers. 

As acknowledged by the author herself, At The End of Everything is an exaggerated picture of how people within the criminal justice system (including children) are often neglected in the wake of a crisis - including pandemics.

Loosely based off of the current pandemic, the "plague" described in At The End of Everything is similar to COVID-19. It's contagious, deadly, and leaves some of the most vulnerable populations to rely on the whim of a fragmented public health infrastructure. The children of Hope Juvenile Center are left to fend for themselves. This story is their story of discovery, death, and survival.

But while I enjoyed the book, the end is underwhelming to say the least. There is no bow to tie the loose ends together, or answers to the many questions I had throughout about the abandonment of the teenagers at Hope. By the end, readers still know little about the "plague," what it looks like in other areas of the world, whether characters sick but alive from the plague recover, and whether anyone ever does come for the teens.

Great concept. And, largely, a great story. But, at the end of everything (pun very much intended), I'm left wanting and disappointed with the lack of closure, frankly.
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