Review: This Is Not The End

Chandler Baker
Hyperion | 9781484750247 | In stores 8-8-17

I wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days.

On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both.

The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.

Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.

The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.

Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.

Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can't move on?

My Thoughts

This Is Not The End is one of those books that definitely make you wonder what you would do if you were in the main character's shoes. Lake had a difficult decision to make. But calling it 'difficult' seems to be an understatement. 

Lake Devereaux is approaching her eighteenth birthday. On that day, she'll be able to resurrect one person. A person that has already been chosen for her, even though that person is still alive. But then a tragedy strikes. A car crash claims the lives of her best friend and boyfriend. Now Lake has an impossible choice to make. Does she break her previous promise of resurrection? If so, who should she choose? Her best friend? Boyfriend? How does she choose between them?

As Lake searches for answers, she uncovers more questions. This process forces her to go outside her comfort zone and discover who she really is. This Is Not The End is a thought-provoking, soul-searching, emotional roller coaster of a book. It raises all sorts of ethical questions, and, frankly, makes me glad I don't have to make this decision. 

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