This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

this is where the world ends

ARC provided by HarperCollins Children and Greenwillow Books through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I would like to thank HarperCollins Children and Greenwillow Books for sending an ARC of this my way via Edelweiss. However, I just could not finish this.

Amy’s Falling Into Place was one of my absolute favorites in 2014. It was beautifully written and constructed with a grace that just seemed effortless. and was truly stunning (can you tell I really liked this one?) I raved about it to everyone that I knew who read and then some. So naturally, I was excited to read her sophomore novel and love it as well.

This is not that book. I am honestly finding it hard to believe that Amy wrote this or if it is just that much of an early copy that it has not gone through severe editing yet. I never expected this to be another Falling Into Place, but this was just ridiculous. This wasn’t even that I hyped it up in my head too much, it was just that unbelievable to me that the same person wrote this.

I DNF’d this at around 45-50% because I was just not interested anymore. The plot was interesting enough and I do want to know what actually happened at the end but I just could not bring myself to muddle through all the unnecessary crap in the middle. This book is told in alternating “before” and “after” chapters and while that usually is a good technique, you get very,very, VERY lost in this case. The characters were interesting enough but I just felt like they were always tip toeing around just being there instead of developing or truly interacting. My main issue however, was the slowness in pacing. There are so many parts of this book that it literally feels like nothing or just nonsensical things are happening. Amy could have made those scenes tie together better with the ones that are really relevant to the plot and made the story a little more coherent.

This book has SO much potential to be great, like Amy’s debut, but it just needs some workshopping and editing. I truly hope that this was just a very early copy and not what’s being published because I honestly believe that Amy is so much better than this.

Thank you again to HarperCollins Children and Greenwillow Books for providing me with an ARC from Edelweiss for this!



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