This is Not the End
Author: Chandler Baker
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
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 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 world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.
Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.
The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.
Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.
Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on?
Praise for THIS IS NOT THE END
“A deeply emotional supernatural thriller with the perfect romantic twist, This is Not the End will totally capture your imagination this summer.” ―Brit + Co
“A stunning feat of storytelling that explores one girl’s impossible decision, the depth of grief and the long-buried secrets, This Is Not The End will leave every reader’s pulse in a frenzy.” ―PopSugar
“When I first dove into This Is Not The End, I was not prepared for the onslaught of feels that Chandler Baker was going to send crashing down on me. I never expected to care what happened to Lake, Will, and Penny within the first few pages, but I found myself as grief stricken as Lake was when she experienced her loss. In fact, Chandler was able to tap into my emotions all the way through. The chaotic nature of Lake’s emotions mirrored so many of the things I was feeling in real life at the time of reading and helped me feel like I had a much needed friend on my journey. I love the complicated nature of every relationship in This Is Not The End, it gives the book a very real feel, and keeps you constantly wondering who Lake will choose for her resurrection all the way to twist at the end. A great read for anyone looking for a chance to explore their feelings about life, death, and what happens when you get to choose who walks the path with you. ” ―Shannon Brewer, BookPeople in Austin, TX
“Chandler Baker captures the intimacy of young friendship with heartbreaking accuracy in THIS IS NOT THE END. Set in a beautifully relatable future world with the technology to bring back deceased loved ones, this read was equal parts page turner and thought provoker. I genuinely had to find out the ending!” ―Melanie J. Thompson, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX
“Chandler Baker’s story is almost compulsively readable, and you’ll be tearing through the pages to the final twist reveal, but it’s celebration of life and living along the way that makes it so powerful” ―Bustle
“The way this unique and thoughtful look at death, grief and self-discovery reveals the relationships between the characters in two alternating timelines teases you to the suspenseful outcome, GAH…that twist!” ―Justine Magazine
“The book smartly deals with grief on many levels and among all the characters. Losing two friends at and being close to the families of the deceased compounds the overwhelming sadness, grief, and guilt that Lake feels. While the author makes sure the reader does not drown in such weighty issues, Baker also does not use the resurrection technology as an easy fix concerning Lake’s choice. The technology actually intensifies the questions and issues Lake must confront…a provocative, twisty story with appeal across genders and genres” ―VOYA
You know when you pick up a contemporary and you don’t really expect to relate to it or fall in love with the book, and then end up not being able to put it down because it’s just so amazing? Yep, that was definitely the case for me when I started reading This is Not the End.
I haven’t heard any hype at all about this book, and I honestly can’t understand why – the book is full of emotions, awesome characters, and a plot that will make you want to keep reading, even after you turn the last page. This book has so much going on, and the author has a way with words to pull you in and keep you reading the book, even when you have other stuff you need to do (yeah, I pretty much did nothing BUT read this book for an entire day).
While this book is mainly contemporary (I think), it’s got a lot of science fiction/fantasy feeling going on as well, making it one heck of a unique read. It’s more or less a contemporary but with the idea of this resurrection technology in there – something you would see in a movie quite a few years in the future, although we don’t really know much about what time or year this book actually takes place in. Then again, I didn’t really think that was incredibly important, because what really is important in this book is the message that it sends.
Lake’s character is full of personality and really stands out among other characters in contemporary books that I’ve read this year. I love the way she handles things, even when it feels like everything is too difficult for her to go on (and let’s face it, she’s dealing with a lot of loss and things are heartbreaking for her), she still remains strong and keeps going. She is full of love – the unconditional kind of love – after all, she does promise her resurrection to someone else, so you can tell she has feelings for that person deeper than you can imagine.
The overall premise for this book is unique, and while sad at times, is still kind of fun, because it isn’t something you see everyday. Since this book is not just a contemporary but also kind of a science fiction read, it can easily appeal to fans of both genres.
While the pacing was a little slow, it’s definitely worth it to stick with it and keep reading, because it’s simply that interesting of a read. I definitely recommend this one – it’s a great book for the end of the summer!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Chandler Baker got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens, including installments in a book series that has sold more than 1 million copies. She grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe.
You can find Chandler as the books contributor on the YouTube channel Weird Girls.
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