I Hope You Get This Message
When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.
For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the g ...more
I hate, hate, hate when I purchase a new release, read it right away, and dislike it so much that I can't even finish it. It feels like such a waste of money.
There's nothing inherently wrong with this book. It's a really interesting premise, and the writing style was noticeably lovely. However, I was incredibly bored.
I do not care about any of the characters. I wanted to, but I didn't. Each time it switched to new POV chapter, I couldn't remember the personality of that characte ...more
I don't know I think my updates speak for themselves and I don't want to talk about this book longer than nessecary. The characters where not developed and the whole book felt like the author wanted to put so much good topic in it but it was simply too much so everything got only talked about briefly.
There were no great twists in this book ( at least not for me ) since everything wa ...more
This audiobook was amazingly done and the story was so heartfelt and human. I really enjoyed this and am sorry I didn't get to it pre-publication but I'm thrilled I finally got around to it now.
What would you do if you weren't sure if the world was ending in a week? Would the world fall apart? Would you spend it with family and loved ones? What would be left unsaid and what would you do anything to make sure people knew? This is the story of three teens ...more
* I enjoyed the writing, fairly easy to get through and despite the multiple POVs, which I generally dislike in books, it was easy to separate the characters’ voices
* I really loved how diverse it was - Muslim rep, lgbtq+ rep
* the plot was woven pretty well, it didn’t feel forced, having each individual character’s story merge at different points in the overall arc
* it was quite poignant and it reads a lot like a coming of age book
* okay, so I was expecting it to be a looooot mo ...more
Second, I Hope You Get This Message is an emotional story of finding happiness, contentment and oneself in the middle of the end of the world. Compare to We Are The Ants, we surely know that the aliens here aren't magical realism but the real deal. It almost felt ...more
It reminded Adeem of one of the poems his sister had shared with him once, one by Rumi. In the poem, Rumi banters with God over life’s usual philosophical questions: what to do with that pesky thing called a heart, where to focus one’s eyes, etcetera, etcetera. But when Rumi asks God what to do with his pain and sorrow, God tells him, “Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
tw : suicide attempt (in the past, not depicted), mental health issues,
Some books just...more
If We Are the Ants was right up your alley, I'd definitely suggest giving this a chance, though.
*Thank you ...more
I love how we had LGBT+ characters.
I also love those two Star Wars references.
The one thing that bother me was that cate when into a stranger car and I'm like: NOOOO
Sorry if that line was a little spoiler but oops.
This book. I don't have words for how much I love it.
It's beautifully written, laced with sadness, and anger, and most of all hope. Farah Naz Rishi is a simply incredible writer. This book is important. I can't wait for more people to read it. ...more
This is definitely a sci-fi story that is more about the characters and their emotional journeys rather than the aliens themselves. It’s probably an overused comparison at this point, but if you enjoyed Shaun David Hutchinson’s We Are the Ants, then I’d say to ...more
This book deals with an impending judgment from an alien species that will decide if humanity gets to live or die. Which is a very interesting take on apocalyptic stories, because usually it's about chance and bad luck rather than another species deciding we as humanity have failed and deserve to die. And for the most part, I thought the way this was explored in the book was really interesting as well. The storylines of the three main characters combine in an interesting way, a ...more
But the thing about the end of the world was this: either everything mattered, or nothing did.
Are we all so excited for the release of I Hope You Get This Message? Because frankly, we need to be. This is the possible-end-of-days book I have been dying for. I love the concept, but in the books I have read, the execution hasn't quite met my expectations. Not so here! The author ...more
Don’t bother coming here. Humans taste awful."
TW: bullying, schizophrenia, islamophobia, racism, homophobia, attempted suicide
Unpopular Opinion Time 🐸☕️
Actual rating: 2.5 ⭐️
My friend, hear me out.
There is no other way to say it: this one was very simply not for me. This book bored me to death.
And that makes me feel so incredibly sad.
I do not know why, but I felt so absurdly detached from these characters and I was so completely disinterested in their adventures it was almost funn ...more
“But the thing about the end of the world was this: either everything mattered, or nothing did.”I Hope You Get This Message is a fantastic story with hope and a bit of heartbreak at its core. If you’re in the market for a sad and uplifting book, look no further. When Earth decodes a message from a distant planet, Alma, warning of an impending apocalypse in 8 days 3 teens converge as they’re each looking for answers or at least something to keep them sane.
Things I Liked
I absolute ...more
It was okay. The premise was super cool and I thought the beginning was interesting, but I slowly lost interest as the book went on.
This is so subjective, but the problem I had was that this was a very emotionally fueled book. Every decision the characters make is based purely on their feelings. For a logic minded person such as myself, this was rather frustrating to read since I just couldn't comprehend the reasoning behind ...more