Title: This Is Where The World Ends
Author: Amy Zhang
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Drama, Contemporary and Coming of Age
I recently read Amy Zhang’s This Is Where The World Ends and I don’t really have proper words to describe how I felt about it. Unique and exciting would be two words to sum this book up. I haven’t read a book quite like This Is Where The World Ends in while. It reminded me of Looking For Alaska in many different aspects. If you enjoyed Looking For Alaska you would definitely like This Is Where The World Ends.
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang follows the story of two best friends Janie and Micah, who have grown up together but have become distant since high school started. Janie becomes the popular girl, whilst Micah becomes the lonely boy in the back. One day Micah wakes up at a hospital and discovers that Janie has vanished and disappeared from his life. No one is giving him the real truth about Janie and as he searches deeper he discovers what truly happened on the night Janie disappeared. The truth he discovers changes him forever.
spoiler review: (there will be spoilers in the following section)
Thank you so much to HarperCollins publishing. I received Amy Zhang’s This Is Where The World Ends from Harper Collins, in exchange for a review. Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.
I haven’t read Amy Zhang’s books before, I’ve heard lots about her other novel, Falling into Pieces but it never caught my eye. It wasn’t until I read This Is Where The World Ends, that I discovered Amy Zhang has a very distinctive voice in her novels. Her writing is very colloquial but that doesn’t mean it is necessarily bad. Amy Zhang’s voice is easy to read but underneath it there is so much emotion from every character, that is reflected into each sentence. Like I mentioned earlier, her writing style and the story line really reminds me of John Green’s books.
What I really enjoyed about this novel is the switching of perspectives as well as time. I thought I would end up getting really confused but since Janie and Micah’s voices are so individual, I actually appreciated the flashbacks. I didn’t want to get confused with what was happening and reading this book felt like one giant puzzle. Each chapter reflected the thoughts of Janie and Micah and stringing their stories together to figure out what really happened was so much fun. Through Janie’s point of view we get to see her side of the story and how she made the decisions she did. Her final few chapters were quite powerful. There was so many thoughts in each chapter, that it felt like I was really swimming around in her mind. The only problems with Janie’s character was that we got very caught up in her story that I didn’t get a chance to find out more about who she truly is and who she used to be.
Micah’s character was distinctively different to Janie and I enjoyed reading from his perspective.I felt so much sympathy for him. Reading from his point of view, really toyed with the reader. It would give you a break from Janie’s story but at the same time it would keep you anticipated for what happened on the night Janie disappeared. I thin Micah’s personality got a bit lost along the way. I could clearly picture his thoughts in my mind but his character felt a little bland.
The ending was action filled. Finding out what happened to Janie made you really empathize with her character. I loved the idea of using matches and apocalypses as a motif, it was a very fitting metaphor for the two. Janie’s fire dwindled and ended, whilst Micah’s fire was ignited by Janie’s diminishing match. I have to say,
though, the ending felt abrupt. I would love to see an epilogue to see what happened to Micah in the future and it felt like there was no proper closure on Janie.
Overall, I highly enjoyed the novel. It was a short, edgy and intriguing read, for all John Green fans. Both characters, Micah and Janie are two teenagers that you will grow to understand throughout the novel. This novel is such a unique and different read. If you are looking for a book similar to Looking For Alaska or We Were Liars, you will love this one.