by Mats Strandberg
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Pub Date 06 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 08 Oct 2020
Arctis Books, Arctis
A Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of 2020 Kirkus Reviews
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"...utterly brilliant in its humanity." Kirkus Reviews
"Scandinavian noir meets YA in a jam-packed novel that’s part whodunit, part romance, part end-of-the-world narrative."- Publishers Weekly
STARRED REVIEW! "A stellar work of fiction that will cling to readers' minds and take hold of their hearts." School Library Journal
"This intense novel will grip readers..." -- Laura Simeon International Stories for Teens, Kirkus Reviews
When will the world end? With Foxworth, a massive comet, hurtling toward Earth, humanity now knows the exact date.
Seventeen-year-old Simon wants to spend his last weeks with the people he cares about most, especially his goal-oriented swimmer ex-girlfriend, Tilda, who dumped him shortly after the news broke. Since Lucinda was diagnosed with cancer she’s, retreated into herself preparing for the inevitable. Suddenly facing down a death that makes her the same as everyone else, she longs to connect again but doesn’t quite know where to start. Reaching out to her former best friend Tilda seems like a good first step. Then Tilda is found dead and accusations start circling that Simon is the killer. As the days tick down, Simon and Lucinda only want to know the truth, but the more they uncover about the final days of the girl they both cared for deeply, the clearer the things that really matter become.
Probing the question How would you spend your last days if you knew exactly when they’d run out? The End is a taut and riveting pre-apocalyptic thriller underpinned with sharp social commentary, that blends the urgency of Neal and Jarrod Shusterman’s Dry with the dark tension of Courtney Summer’s Sadie.
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A beautifully-written story full of heart and an honest human portrayal on the meaning of time and connection. Two voices are heard in this novel through each chapter dedicated to Lucinda and Simon's narrations. Taking place during pre-apocalyptic time, as the end of the world is coming near Lucinda and Simon are tied together during their final weeks to seek answers of their mutual friend Tilda's sudden murder.
From the beginning to the end, every moment in this book was carried with grace and perfection. Mats Strandberg's brilliance resonates through strong character developments delivering the heartfelt yet flawed human-interest stories. He writes with such nuance effortlessly interweaving thought-provoking sociopolitical commentaries on climate change and race relations with a touch on philosophical quanderies. This book truly made me ponder what it is to live meaningfully and the acceptance in the face of death. Originally written in Swedish and translated by Judith Kiros. The translation was wonderfully done in conveying the intented message and its tone. I am introduced to Mats Strandberg's work with this book and this won't be my last. I am very impressed with this YA novel and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this novel and how deeply invested I was with this story and the characters.
Thank you to Net Galley and Arctis Books for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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