At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp

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At the End of Everything
by Marieke Nijkamp
Pub Date: 1/4/22
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OMG a book about the bubonic plague but a new kind in recent times. My sister once didn’t want me to go to Europe on a trip cause of the plague lol. She also didn’t want me to go to Alaska cause of vampires, I love her. But the plague was horrible and centuries ago.

But our setting is a correctional facility for teenagers. Everyone was told to shelter in place and not leave their homes. So the guards and workers just left these kids with no supervision and no care. Each one of them were there for different reasons. And as my daughter’s principal says there are no bad kids, only bad circumstances. If they had the right support, encouragement and environment would they have needed to be placed at this jail type place. I am horrified by mass incarceration and even at such a young age. But also, leaving them to fend for themselves during a pandemic is also pretty horrible since those guards were abusive. In a way they are better off alone but no one is even answering their calls for help.

I wanted to keep reading to find out who survived and if that party that took off in the beginning even made it since they were out in the middle of nowhere in the Ozarks. Long story short, don’t leave incarcerated people to die during a pandemic, these poor kids. This event brought out their character good and bad as they tried to survive and care for those around them as they all started getting very ill.

This had  bunch of trigger warnings since the young adults didn’t have their needs or preferences considered. Their pronouns, disabilities, etc. They were considerate towards eachother but their families and other adults were another matter.

Thank you sourcebooksfire and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

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Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends comes another heartbreaking, emotional and timely page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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.

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