At the End of Everything
by Marieke Nijkamp
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Pub Date 04 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 17 Feb 2022
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends
Nobody’s ever wanted the delinquent teens of Hope Juvenile Treatment Center. When they wake up one day and discover they’ve been abandoned by their guards, they think they have a shot at freedom…until they realize that a pandemic has taken hold of the world outside, and they’ve actually been left to die. Now their ignored existence has become a deadly fight for survival—and the only people they can rely on are each other.
The Hope Juvenile Treatment Center is ironically named. No one has hope for the delinquent teenagers who have been exiled there; the world barely acknowledges that they exist.
Then the guards at Hope start acting strange. And one day...they don't show up. But when the teens band together to make a break from the facility, they encounter soldiers outside the gates. There's a rapidly spreading infectious disease outside, and no one can leave their houses or travel without a permit. Which means that they're stuck at Hope. And this time, no one is watching out for them at all.
As supplies quickly dwindle and a deadly plague tears through their ranks, the group has to decide whom among them they can trust and figure out how they can survive in a world that has never wanted them in the first place.
Also by Marieke Nijkamp:
This Is Where It Ends
Even If We Break
Before I Let Go
Praise for Marieke Nijkamp:
"Immersive and captivating. Thrilling in every sense of the word."—Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us is Lying on Even If We Break
"With exceptional handling of everything from mental illness to guilt and a riveting, magic realist narrative, this well wrought, haunting novel will stick with readers long after the final page."—Booklist on Before I Let Go *STARRED REVIEW*
"A compelling, brutal story of an unfortunately all-too familiar situation: a school shooting. Nijkamp portrays the events thoughtfully, recounting fifty-four intense minutes of bravery, love, and loss."—BookRiot on This Is Where It Ends
“At the End of Everything is a beautifully rendered, propulsive survival story that speaks to how quickly and irrevocably the world can change—and who those in power choose to leave behind. Taut and tense and truly moving, this gripped me from the opening shocks to the last perfect words.”
—Nova Ren Suma, bestselling author of The Walls Around Us
“Thrilling, raw, and unforgettable. A story about humanity, resilience, and hope. I couldn’t put this book down. The story felt so real! Nijkamp at their best!"
—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures
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Average rating from 351 members
For most of the YA I read, I like to go into it blind. Sourcebooks sent me an ARC of this one, and when it came up as my next on my TBR, I was excited. I've loved this author's other books, and knew this one would definitely be fantastic. As I began reading, and as I got to know the teens living at Hope Juvenile Treatment Center, I fell in love with them. And after the guards abandoned them in the wake of a deadly virus, the actual Plague, these teens had to band together if they had any hope of survival. Of course, the teens did wander out to discover why the guards had left them all alone, and soon after, the first victim begins coughing, and death soon follows.
As the plague spreads, the teens begin to realize that the government has left them to fend for themselves. Ration cards do not make their way to the treatment center. They have no medication to take care of each other. After a time, their phones and internet fail and they have no way to get information from the outside world.
We follow three teen perspectives: Logan, Grace, and Emerson as they attempt to do what they can to make it through this trying time. I loved them all. My heart soared with them, and broke for them. And I was sobbing by the end. I loved this book.
These teens are resourceful. They are magnificent. They embody the spirit that I see every day in the teens that walk into our library. And they challenge the stereotypes of teens who go to detention centers. The author's note was really informative too, so definitely read that after you finish this book. I gobbled it right up and cannot wait for it to hit shelves so I can add it to mine.
Appropriate for grades 8+.
This story brought me to tears as facilities like that actually are around and how parents are so cruel. That they would throw their won flesh and blood onto the streets without a single thought about it. Or the ones that have to run away cause of abuse and the state child protective service have failed to save them. But the virus that is going around forcing them to stay inside makes it even sadder. But nother the less I highly enjoyed this read and want to add it to my shelf or books. I highly recommend this to everyone cause everyone should give each and ever book a chance.
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