This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[The ending was weak. Cal and Frida are now part of "civilized civilization"--the return to "white picket fences" and "dad's going to work, while mom stay home"--almost a mirror of pre-1960 America. Her brother is a distant memory and won't do anything to either Cal or Frida who are now "living a 'dream'" existence--or is it Micah who is living a "dream--as a king baby." What a waste of a good story line to end so poorly. (hide spoiler)]
Franz Gorman The ending was horrid. Once the book opened up to the world of Pines, and the return of Toni, it was a significant other book or other section with many, many areas to explore, not the least of which being the act that Cal and Toni are now working together as a cell with Micah. Fridah's complacent acceptance of his secrecy is inconsistent. The end is rushed and compressed and, even as a perhaps cliffhanger, it lacks vision for what may be.
Tara W. No ! I am sooo mad about the ending. I keep checking IMDB and IMDB Pro because this must be a Book 2 Film movie. I can NOT believe that ending. Edan Lepucki is a great writer but I got mad questions for her on this one.
Stacy Liked the story until the last chapter, felt let down at the weak ending, want to say more, but no SPOILER here.
Shery I felt like she just got tired of writing and quit. Hated the ending....what am I talking about, there was no ending. When I read a book like this I end up mad that I invested time in reading it.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I think it's deliberately ambiguous. Cal may or may not be working with Toni to assist Micah with overthrowing the Pines--that is not revealed. The one thing that is clear--they do remain under Micah's ruthless protection, even though it means living under aliases and integrating into the Stepford-like environment of the Pines. Ultimately, Frida is willing to pass up her own ambition for the safety of her child and finds contentment in that. (hide spoiler)]
Eric E It felt like the ending of 1984, which I'm not sure was intentional. The ending also renders the rest of the book pointless, as they happily embrace the comfort and safety of the Communities without having sacrificed anything. It was never their goal to begin with, so it was an unearned happy ending.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[While I think the ending could have been better, I disagree with some of the complaints from years past that Lepucki was lazy or short-sighted. The ambiguity is by design. Ending the book with a Fridah chapter instead of a Cal chapter is designed to represent the choice almost all of us make when staring ahead at a bleak future. A major theme of the book (and really any collapse-type book) is how the characters mentally cope with the existential threat that stares them in the face at every turn. For Fridah, it was always a battle between accepting and ignoring reality. This probably rings true for most people today. Do we despair over the impending collapse ahead, do we try to take it head on by becoming activists, do we just enjoy our privilege and comfort while we can? Do we bring children into this world knowing the horror that could greet them in 30 years? In the end, Fridah chose to ignore a future filled with terrorist attacks and food shortages and focus on what was right in front of her, as most of us do ourselves. (hide spoiler)]
Jodell Im so mad at the ending I mean what was it all for the whole story the life they chose if not to have a better life for the baby?
Kiersten I really loved the ending, but I also wonder the same thing. He let the Millers alone for years before killing them. Granted he had a "reason" for that, but whose to say he won't find a reason to kill them? Maybe someone in the Land will question whether they're really dead? Or maybe just as part of his ultimate plan to plant bombs in the Pines...