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The End Review

Title: The End

Author: Nora Olsen

Published: December 2010, Prizm

Source: PaperbackSwap

Goodreads Description:

When World War Three breaks out, seventeen-year-old Julia is on a school trip to Amsterdam, while fourteen-year-old Marly is trapped in a prison for delinquent girls. They both discover magical amulets, and try their best to save themselves and those around them. But it looks like their best will not be enough, as nuclear war threatens the survival of the human race.

On her journey home to New York, Julia is joined by three other queer teens–the mysterious and alluring Ginger; lipstick lesbian Vikki; and five-thousand-year-old Skilly, who has an amulet that grants him eternal life. When Julia and Marly meet, they are immediately attracted to each other. But romance has to take a back seat as the five friends learn the true powers of the amulets. Can they travel through time to save the world from total destruction?

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this book.

Not a whole lot was really explained. Why was Marley taken away from her family? Why was she in juvenile detention? Skipping school doesn’t seem like a realistic reason… What is actually happening while they are trying to save the world? I wanted more insight into the day-to-day planning and the actual things they did. How did everyone know that these kids had really saved them? Why would any of those kids made that public?

The ending was too abrupt. Gog bringing Muldoona back to life and wanting to marry her again… uh, what? Ginger makes zero sense to me. All of a sudden she has a kid? And she is swayed by Muldoona but helps the other kids but seems to think they all hate her yet she suicide-bombs Muldoona. The heck? Also, the magical fighting was just a giant confusion in my head.

Skilly was a serious jerk, being all, “I never let anyone wear my amulet lalala, five thousand years and I’ve watched everyone I love die because I’m a heartless jerkface rawrawr.” And why is everyone wasting time making out and having sex when they’re supposed to be saving the world?

I’m a bit frustrated.

Rating: 2/5

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August 17, 2012 - Posted by | Reading

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