Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the blog tour for Even If We Break, written by Marieke Nijkamp, published by Sourcebooks Fire and hosted by Midas PR.
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.
Are you ready to play?
– My Thoughts –
Marieke Nijkamp has written a wonderfully atmospheric thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and a deadly weekend that tears them apart.
Five former friends decide to get together for one final time at an allegedly haunted cabin and play an RPG. The game soon turns deadly as it appears that someone has set a perfect trap for them and none of them might make it out alive. Of course, everyone in the group has secrets and grudges but they all want to escape it through the game.
We have five POVs: Ever, Finn, Liva, Carter, and Maddy. I loved the representation in this story; Ever was non-binary, Finn was trans and had arthritis, Maddy was autistic and suffered from chronic pain. This is also an ownvoices representation. They used to be each other’s rock but now, they are the rocks- some of them have hurt the others. Liva is the rich kid, Carter is the wannabe rich kid, Maddy is trapped inside her mind, Ever doesn’t see a future beyond taking care of her family and Finn is almost ready to move to college but at first, he needs to confess.
I loved the setting so much! Maybe it was because the book was set in a remote cabin? Maybe because they were playing a Role Playing Game in the cabin? And then, there were the creepy notes some of the characters found in their room, or on their person. It was deliciously good! I had no problems with turning the pages and immersing myself in the story.
The reveal, however, was predictable and I hoped that something else would happen. I hoped that this was a false reveal to throw the readers off, but no such surprise came. I would say that this is a good thriller if you’re looking to ease yourself into the genre. It doesn’t have many twists or scares but has a unique plot and characters nonetheless.
Overall, I would recommend you read it if you’re looking for a diverse young adult thriller! It was a page-turner for sure, had great characters, relationships, setting, and a well-written plot.
Thanks to the publisher for gifting me an ARC in exchange for an honest review and for including me in the blog tour!
– About the Author –
MARIEKE NIJKAMP is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends and Before I Let Go. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, has served as an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, and is the founder of DiversifYA.
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Thank you for reading! Do you think you’ll read Even If We Break? or, Have you read any of Marieke Nijkamp‘s previously published books before? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!