Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp
Genre: Young Adult,
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 3 stars
Summary: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.
FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.
Are you ready to play?
Five roleplayer friends about to go their separated ways because of lies and tragedy decide to make the last weekend together a moment to remember but as they start playing in an isolated cabin in the mountains things start to go south, and all hell break lose. Who is the one trying to kill them all? Will they survive?
I really wanted to read this book since it came out but i’ve been waiting for October to do so. I actually thought it would be more scary.
The book has five different voices, as each one of the characters have their own chapters.
At first i did enjoy them, i really liked the characters and the fact that there was a lot of representation, there was a trans boy, a non binary character and a not neurotypical one. I read some reviews were people complained about the fact that there were two no cis characters but to me it made sense since they were the only ones in their school, and from personal experience, lgbtq+ people do find each other and grow closer together because they have things in common other people don’t. So i did like this little fact about the book.
The story is pretty straight forward, the friends find one of theirs is missing and everything start going to hell. The thing is, for me at least, the first half of the book was so much better than the second half. In the first half i really felt like i couldn’t put the book down. I just needed to know what was going on, but in the second half of the book two of the characters were out and i felt the stroy being told a little forced.
The main problem i got with the book was there were too many povs and they felt the same, at times i lost track of which character was the one talking because they all sounded the same, they had no different ways of talking between each other.
As for the resolution of the story, i didn’t like it. I don’t find the reason for what happened actually a good one, which surprised me because other books i read by the same author i really could get behind the why of what as happening. I just feel like the reason and the ending itself was a total miss.
So, i don’t know, i’m not sure if i would recommend this book to others, since i wasn’t that okay with the ending. I think the author should’ve found a better reason for the events, though maybe it could have changed the book too much. I was expecting something more spectacular or even paranormal… so i don’t know. I’m a bit dissapointed on the book.
But don’t get me wrong the first half is great.
Overall, i give this book 3 stars and nothing more.
Have you read the book? If so, did you enjoy it? If you didn’t do you think you’d give it a chance? Let me know in the comments below!