Even If We Break
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.
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TW: transfobic assault, panic attacks, addiction, torture, death, violence
Ever, Finn, Carter, Liva and Maddy are a group of friends tied together by a game called Gonfalon, a role play game created by one of them. Now three years later, everything is different, they are changed and one weekend in a forest cabin will force them to confront their lies, fears and secrets and while ...more
This is the second book I've read by Marieke Nijkamp, and there were some things I enjoyed. Ahem:
1) It was definitely a thriller and I'm usually hard-pressed to find a thriller that doesn't keep me turning the pages
2) It's use of RPGs as the backdrop for the plot and the friendship was really interesting and well done; I hadn't seen a book that used that before. I'm not super familiar with that world, but it seemed very well-researched. And finally:
3) The diversity?
This is where thi ...more
Even though thrillers are so hit or miss for me, I seem to be drawn to every single one I stumble across. This one was no different. I had seen it around here and there, but when I finally found out what it was about, I was intrigued. And when I got the chance to read it, I jumped. Broken friendships and a deadly weekend, secrets and lies. It sounded like something that'd terrify me in the best way. Trigger warnings: blood, addiction, gore
I guess thrillers that I love are just real ...more
I'm a self proclaimed horror junky. I used to pride myself on having read every single goosebumps book (published pre 2013), I grew up on scooby doo, then goosebumps, then are you afraid of the dark and the haunting hour and now I watch and read every horror story I can get my hands on. Even If We Break is not a horror story.
Even in kids horror, one of the most important aspects of a scary st ...more
Five teenagers go up a mountain to spend one final weekend playing their LARP/RPG. Each of them is broken. Each of them has a secret. Each of them is doomed.
Full disclosure - I started reading this book at about 11:30 at night and ended up reading it straight through because I could not put it down. I NEEDED to know how the story ended. If you are like me, with a bit of a runaway imagination, and you tend to be drawn into thriller/horror novels - maybe ...more
Even If We Break has a lot to offer as a YA novel. The characters are wonderfully diverse: two of the five (Finn and Ever) identify as transgender (one of them is non-binary, while the other suffers from arthritis and uses crutches). The third main character, Maddy, is non-neurotypical and suffers from chronic pain, leading to a pain pill addiction. Carter has secrets of his own, while Liva, the rich popular teen, always feels left out. The romance between the two transgender te ...more
Ever, Finn, Maddy, Carter and Lila are group of friends who are going to Liva’s cabin the woods to play their role playing game one last time. ...more
One of the main things I loved about this was the use of the RPG to drive the story-line. RPGs, like D&D, have risen in popularity over the last couple of years. I ...more
YO THIS WAS WILD (until about 2/3 of the book, then it kind of dragged)! This book was so incredibly well-written and the plot of it was great. Again, Marieke proves just what a great writer they are and how well they handle multiple POVs.
My favourite part of this book was the RPG element. I loved the little bits of RPG storytelling in between every few chapters or so. It was a nice way to break up the narrative without straying from the plot.
My only issue wa ...more
The mysterious ghost story about the cabin was a nice touch - I would have liked to see a little more of this element, if only to keep the reade ...more
FIVE stars and here’s why:
Marieke Nijkamp does not disappoint! I’m a sucker for YA stories with a mystery and thriller thread to them. And the author did a fantastic job of weaving in a suspenseful plot about how far someone would go for a friend. If you love suspense stories with a diverse cast, fast-paced writing, and characters that lingered long afte ...more
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