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This Is Not the End

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  734 ratings  ·  206 reviews
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 w
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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Richard Cardenas
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS!!!

(WARNING: Minor Spoilers Ahead!)

The GOOD: I've read plenty of YA and I've read plenty of bad YA and luckily this was one of the good ones. The story line was original, thrilling, and made my heart ache in parts. I really enjoyed that the book went from present to past and fleshed out the characters a lot better, especially Lake's quadriplegic brother Matt, who she has a broken relationship with. There's a scavenger hunt that happens in this and though that's not wholly original, it w
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This Is Not The End is one of those books that from the very first page, from the very beginning, the prologue, jumps out at you and grabs your attention. The kind that urges you to keep on reading, keep turning those pages because you need to know the before just as much as you need to know the after of the events that took place. The start and maybe even the end, of it all.

It is so hard to describe this book without giving something away so I will try to keep this short and to the point. This
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The summary of this book sounded so intriguing to me so I couldn't wait to pick it up and while this was a fast read, I was left feeling unsatisfied at the end.

Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
German Review: 4,5 Stars

Anmerkung: Ich habe das Buch als Rezensionsexemplar vom Verlag bekommen. Danke dafür.

Info: Dies ist ein Contemporary Buch. Es hat zwar diesen einen SiFi/Fantasy Aspekt in Form des Wiederbelebens von toten Menschen. Aber ansonsten ist nichts anders als zu unserer aktuellen Zeit. Nur als Info für die, die sich nicht sicher waren :)

Ich bin immer wieder begeistert, wenn ich sehe, dass ein Jugendbuch heraus kommt, das sich mit Moral & Ethik beschäftigt. Dieses The
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
First off, I would like to thank the publisher and author for providing me this ARC to review. Please note that the version I read was an advanced copy, and certain events/language may be changed in the published edition.

Stars (Out of 10): 4/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: I had high hopes for this book, really high hopes. A book about resurrection and a difficult choice? There are tons of way to draw excellent meaning and philosophical ponderings from that. I hoped for a book that would make me think
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, audio-book-2017
4 stars. I didn't know much about this story before I borrowed it from my library. I was pleasantly surprised by what I read. What a fascinating concept for a story! I'm excited to write my review but know that I did really enjoy this story and agree with the ending.



Full review can be found here:

This book caught me off guard. I was not ready for it to be as captivating as it was. I borrowed it from my library because it was a “new releas
K Todd Ramer
This is an honest review of an e-book arc I received from NetGalley.


Before I break into my reader/writer analysis, I just want to say that I have alot of feels in regards to this novel, and most are NOT positive. I almost DNF'd it a dozen times, PARTICULARLY at chapter 29 (you know why, author). As for a TOTAL overall star review, this earned 2 stars. For the following reasons:

~As a reader, I want to review in as polite a way as possible, so I apologize if I come
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
(I received an ARC of this book on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

Yes. Just… yes.

In this near-future society, each person is given the right to bestow one Resurrection on their 18th birthday. This should come as a relief to Lake after her car crash, but here’s the catch: both her best friend and her boyfriend died, meaning that she now has to choose between them. And, making this even more complicated – she promised her Resurrection to her brother long ago
Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars

I’m not sure how you would categorize this novel… it has a very contemporary feel with a dash of sci-fi mixed in. The setting is somewhat vague… you don’t know the exact time period… is it an alternate current world, further in the future… I don’t know, though I’m not entirely sure that’s super important. What is important though is that resurrection technology is now available and there are people on both sides of the fence of the ethics of it.

To regulate this technology, laws have be
Joséphine (Word Revel)
Initial thoughts: This book was absolutely morbid from the beginning right through to the end but amidst it all, it was extremely thought-provoking. What if we could bring loved ones back to life? What would life be like after a resurrection? I think these questions were artfully explored in This Is Not the End.

At the same time, I enjoyed the way the protagonist worked through the expectations placed upon her, her own conscience, as well as her relationships. I did get a little tired of the to a
This book... honestly it has left me with a mixture of emotions. Don't think that because I rated it three stars, it wasn't good. Some content left me with no choice but to knock off two stars.

Okay, so let's start off with a quick summary.

Lake is a seventeen-year-old girl, almost, eighteen. Everyone, on their eighteenth birthday, can resurrect someone from the dead, most likely a family member lost. When something happens and two people she cares for die, she doesn't know who to use the resurr
Bianca Damaso
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
I really enjoyed this! Despite the "bringing people back to life" aspect, the story reads like a contemporary. I suppose it is just a contemporary with advanced scientific discoveries.

We follow Lake, a seventeen year old girl who is in love with her boyfriend and has the best relationship with her best friend. They have an amazing day together until a car accident leaves Lake the only survivor. With her birthday less than a month away, Lake must decide who she wants to use her resurrection on.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THIS IS NOT THE END is a story full of emotions, heartbreak, but also hope and reconciliation as one girl tries to decide who to resurrect on her 18th birthday. It's a powerful story, with complex characters, full of friendship, family, and love. Perfect for contemporary young adult readers looking for a unique story of self-discovery.

This story was definitely intense in parts! It tugged on my heart and brought my emotions to the surface. There were a lot of tough issues and choices. Lots of hea
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please Note: I received an advance reader's copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

When I started reading This Is Not The End, by Chandler Baker, I really didn't know what to expect. Was this going to be a story of love and loss? About making the most of the life you have? A mystery? A tale of one messed up family? Well, the answer is all of the above. I was blown away by this book. The author took some risks
Heather Hughes
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars)
I received an ARC from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.

This is another speed read challenge I completed for myself and I can definitely admit that it was hard to put it down. I really only put it down if I needed to go to sleep or if I had to stretch my legs (I sat on my recliner for three hours, guys).

Lake is a teenage girl who lives in a world where, once you turn eighteen, you can bring back to life only one person. She is turning eighteen in a few short weeks and
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wenn Lake 18 Jahre alt ist, wird sie bei den Behörden die Auferweckung ihres querschnittsgelähmten Bruders beantragen, nachdem Matt sich zur Vorbereitung der Aktion das Leben genommen haben wird. In der nahen Zukunft sollen Auferweckte durch „Resurrection“ stets gesund und makelloser als zuvor wiedergeboren worden sein. Lakes Eltern gehen davon aus, dass der Ablauf ausgiebig besprochen wurde und Lake selbstverständlich Matt für die Auferweckung vorschlagen wird. Jeder Bürger kann genau einmal je ...more
Katrin Schäfer
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Ende ist erst der Anfang
von Chandler Baker
Thienemann-Esslinger Verlag
Das Cover besticht das Leserauge durch sein Schwarz-weiß Aussehen. Stilistisch wunderbar
Ein Coming-of-Age-Roman für Mädchen und junge Frauen, der aus dem Rahmen fällt.
In 23 Tagen wird Lake 18. Dann hat sie die Chance, genau einen Menschen von den Toten auferstehen zu lassen. Ihr behinderter Bruder wäre nach der Auferstehung wieder gesund und sollte Lakes erste Wahl sein. Doch gerade sind ihre beste Freundin
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
his 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 frien
Dramatically Bookish (ReviewsMayVary)
Okey dokey.
There were some awesome parts of this book, including Lake, our main character who has lost a lot in a short time. She has to make a decision that will effect everyone she cares about. There's some great moral discussion stuff here about resurrection without consent, making this a pretty good book club pick, if you need one.

Someone has to be dead. Some people want to be dead. Some people want to be alive, and some people are keeping secrets. At times, it feels like secrets were kept
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley, others
Von dem Buch war ich echt sehr überrascht, vor allem das Ende. Ich hatten nicht den Hauch einer Idee, obwohl es im nachhinein wirklich logisch ist.
Die Grundidee war interessant und außergewöhnlich. Eine Welt, in der Tod nicht zwangsläufig das Ende bedeutet aber die Hinterbliebenen wirklich unter Druck setzt.

Das Ende konnte mich nicht vollkommen zufriedenstellen, ein abschließender Epilog wäre toll gewesen, so 3 - 4 Jahre später.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
This book was moving and brutal and beautiful and sad. The premise is fascinating and delivers on its promise to pull you along Lake's journey...and decision. I loved it as it broke my heart and slowly put it back together. Truly original

Edited to add: There are a few problems with the story I didn't think about initially. One is the message of relationships. I think there is a huge reliance on others that by the end of the story I think gets a bit unhealthy and sends mixed messages.

Still a gre
Lisa Mandina
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if it's a five or 4.5 star book. But it was really good and hard to put down. Full review to come on Lisa Loves Literature soon.
Lauren Murray
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Thank you, Net Galley and Hyperion Books, for this advanced copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

This is a one-of-a-kind, near future dystopian novel that really calls to question end-of-life rights. I love the social justice topics this novel tackles - should people be able to be brought back to life after they've died? Lake is a very believable character, grappling with the grief and complications of her friends' deaths and the loyalty she has to her family. Most vividly, she str
Chandler Baker hat mit "Das Ende ist erst der Anfang" ein interessantes ethisch-moralisches Dilemma geschaffen, bei dem es kein Richtig oder Falsch gibt. Die Geschichte spielt in einer Welt, in der es die Möglichkeit für "Resurrections" gibt. Das bedeutet, dass jeder Mensch an seinem 18. Geburtstag die Möglichkeit erhält, einen von ihm auserwählten, bereits verstorbenen Menschen wieder aufleben zu lassen. Die Idee des Autors ist nicht ganz neu und hat mich an die "Vollendet"-Reihe von Neal Shust ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An ihrem 18. Geburtstag steht für Lake eine große Wahl an: Nur einen Menschen darf sie von den Toten wiederauferstehen lassen. Ihr Versprechen bindet sie an ihren Bruder Matt, der nach seiner Wiederauferstehung von seiner Querschnittslähmung geheilt wäre. Doch dann sterben ihre beste Freundin Penny und ihr Freund Will – und Lake steht vor einem Abgrund, aus dem sie nicht mehr rausfindet. Darf und soll sie sich entscheiden? Die Last auf ihr wird immer größer, je näher ihr Geburtstag rückt –
Be Nerdy
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lake wir in ein paar Wochen 18 Jahre alt. Und wie bei jedem der 18 wird, bekommt man die einmalige Chance Jemanden der gestorben ist wieder ins Leben zurück zu holen. Ihre Eltern haben jedoch ihre Chance schon längst verplant, denn ihr Bruder ist schwer querschnittsgelähmt und der Pakt mit seinen Eltern sieht so aus dass er nicht weiter versuchen wird sich das Leben zu nehmen und sie ihm zu Lakes 18. Geburtstag Sterbehilfe geben damit sie ihn zurückholen kann. Denn auch alle Krankheiten s
Das Ende ist erst der Anfang, sticht durch sein schlichtes und doch einprägsames Cover heraus. Es passt wunderbar zum Titel. Anfang und Ende. Schwarz und Weiß. Zwei Gegensätze und unsere Protagonistin balanciert auf der Linie dazwischen.

Lake wird bald 18 Jahre alt. Sie lebt in einer Welt, in der es möglich ist an seinem 18 Geburtstag einen Menschen zurück von den Toten zu holen. Dies wird aber nicht wie man vermutet, oft betrieben, weil die Menschen doch noch davor zurückschrecken, Gott zu spiel
Paige Green
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from an auction (no I did not buy it as it is an arc. It was included with other items in the package). All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5/5

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 16+ (death, sex, violence, disabilities, suicide, resurrection. Trigger warnings.)

Pages: 384

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Synopsis: 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 c
Stephanie Ward
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

'This Is Not the End' is a thought-provoking young adult novel that will appeal to readers of all genres. To be completely honest, I wasn't sure what to expect and I didn't really have high hopes of a great read. I was definitely wrong. I was immediately drawn into Lake's life and world and I felt like I was right with her during everything that happened throughout the story. She's a fantastic main character for the book. I thought she was incredibly realistic and easy to connect with -
Emily O'Brien
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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