Thursday, 22 October 2015

Violent Ends (Review & Giveaway!)

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Title: Violent Ends
Authors:  Shaun Hutchinson, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, Beth Revis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Courtney Summers, Kendare Blake, Delilah S. Dawson, Steve Brezenoff, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz, Blythe Woolston, Trish Doller, Mindi Scott, Margie Gelbwasser, Christine Johnson, E.M. Kokie, and Elisa Nader
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Published Date: 1st September 2015
Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*

Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.

But this isn't a story about the shooting itself. This isn't about recounting that one unforgettable day.

This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates.

Each chapter is told from a different victim's viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he'd become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.

This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA's most recognizable names.

Review: When it comes to this book I don’t even know where to start. I requested it because it just looked so interesting – everyone always asks why some teens walk into a school and start shooting. And this wasn’t a book that promised the answer. But it was a book that said it would show lives that were connected to the shooters, in either a large or small way and we would get to see how it affected them. Some of the people were victims, some of them knew him before the shooting and encountered him then, and some stories were about the aftermath. One point of view was even one from an object. But they were all interesting and I honestly could not stop reading at all.

I have to say, Shaun Hutchinson had an amazing idea when it came to this book and I couldn’t be more happy that he took 17 different authors to do this. Don’t be scared off because of the multiple points of view. Each one lasts only a chapter. It’s like short stories, but then each one relates to the bigger picture.

This book also crosses so many different themes and problems than just the main one. It addresses divorce, childhood, popularity, bulimic problems, abuse and bullying. And so many more as well! And there is also the double mention of Doctor Who. Books always get points for that.

There was a character who mentioned that even if the killer dies too, they were never and usually aren’t counted in the total when it comes to the death. As if becoming a killer singles them out from the rest (it does) but it also dehumanizes them as well. That point of view also happened to show that the killer could be good as well as bad. Maybe they weren’t a monster the entire time.

One point of view (Zachary’s) uses ‘you’ when it refers to one of the characters and that was interesting. Each chapter had its own distinct writing style.

I was curious as to why the killer went out of his way to save some characters, and then didn’t bother with others. It showed how some people were said killers friends but felt like they couldn’t mourn for him because then they would be seen as ‘bad’ people. No one is meant to sympathise with the killer. It shows how cruel it can be to steal others’ lives, and how those who were lost to earth made others who were alive feel lost as well. It shows how people have to move on after mourning, and how some can cope better than others.

This is basically how I felt about all
the characters...
The point of view of a family member was also very intriguing. Simply because the family were given so much abuse. It was pretty astounding, especially when they were people who had lost someone they loved as well. Yes, their child might have done something terrible and unforgivable, but they had lost him as well.

In the aftermath we could see how over suspicious everyone became.

There is SO so much more I could say but I better close up the review here in fear of giving away any spoilers. But I loved this book and I think it really is thought provoking. So, to everyone – read this now. Please.

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway! Enter to win 1 of 3 paperback copies of the book, one of which will be signed! Open to US/Canada only. 


Olivia’s Question: Have you ever had to get over the mourning period for someone? Is it difficult to move on?

Olivia-Savannah x

48 comments:

  1. [ Smiles ] Hmm. Another book that is worth reading!

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  2. I read This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp a few months ago and at first when I read this book is also about a school shooting I thought I couldn't handle another one like it but then I read Doctor Who is mentioned so kinda wanna read it now. lol

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    1. I have that one but I have yet to actually read it, so now I know I am in store for a pretty thought provoking and emotional read there too. Doctor Who is only mentioned small scale BUT IT IS MENTIONED!

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  3. I'm familiar with a few of the authors, so of course I want to read this. And I love connected stories.

    Mourning someone makes you wish you were being put in the ground with them. It's not easy. You never get over it, but you can have normality again. I'm still waiting for my normal to shift back. And this is the wrong time of the year for anyone to piss me off whilst I'm this emotional. Sorry about the bluntness, but It's true. That's why I'm reading nonstop until I can come up out of it.

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    1. I had heard of some of them too, which brought it too my attention.

      I know the feeling. And I agree - you never get over it. It's more like you learn to live with that weight instead. Reading is a form of escapism, and I can see why it could help.

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  4. Wow. The first line of the synopsis caught me. Good to know you liked it; pretty sure it needs to go on my TBR. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. It is a pretty heavy book. But yes, this is one you should try.

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  5. I can imagine this book will stir up a lot of emotions. It sounds like it is written in such a unique style because it was written by so many people. Your review is so helpful. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. It really did stir up all the emotions. It was all done so well, and you can tell the authors really collaborated on this one.

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  6. Yes! It's always difficult to lose someone girl. I lost my Uncle Jimmy a long time ago and even though we hadn't seen since I was a little girl it didn't make my mourning for him any less. It still hurt all the same♡ This book seems like it touched on a lot of different personal things and it still seems like it teaches a lot too. I'm not sure if this one would be the one for me girl because man...it's just scary. I guess I want to just stick with my fairytale romances? Teehee

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    1. Yes. Even though it might have happened years ago, it still affects you even today sometimes and it really doesn't matter who it is. If they have touched your life you can still feel it.

      This book is a bit of an emotional slap in the face, but I think it handles you well. But I can understand how it can be seen as scary as well. You have to be prepared for it. I can understand if you don't want to try it though :)

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  7. This seems like such an emotional and well-written collection of stories, and it seems like it's the kind of book everyone needs to read, especially in light of all the horrible events that have been happening recently. Thanks for sharing Olivia and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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    1. It really was. And in the end it was like one story that wove through all the small ones. It really does relate to problems happening in real life now as well.

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  8. Oh wow this sounds amazing! Especially the whole thing about having so many different points of view, I usually really enjoy that.

    And yes, losing people is really hard. To me the worst part is that I wish I knew where they are after they leave, it's just so stressful to me not to know that, because I want them to be all right, especially when I lose a pet, since they're like little babies :(

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. It really was a fabulous book! I believe they are in heaven after they have gone, which is very comforting for me. But if you don't believe so I can imagine it must be hard...

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  9. This sounds very intriguing. I'm working on David Mitchell's latest novel right now and he employs a similar technique of "short story" chapters that contribute to the larger narrative arch. I will definitely hope to win this one so that I can check it out!

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    1. I think if done well this technique can add a lot to the story which could have been missed out on if only seen from one point of view.

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  10. I don't think you ever "get over" mourning for someone, I just think it gets easier to not focus all of your feelings on it all day, every day. Losing someone hurts, they always stay near you in your heart

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    1. I know wha you mean. You will never be able to completely let them go if you have loved them so much. It's more so coping with it and still carrying on.

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  11. Wow now this sounds like a captivating read but I think I would have to be in the right mood to read it.

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    1. Yes, I think you personal mood is pretty important when it comes to this one!

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  12. Wow, this sounds really awesome and the topic discussed is always present. I'm intrigued about the multiple authors and multiple perspectives with characteristic voices. And, to be honest, I don't think one overcomes grief. Ever. You learn to live with it but it's always there.

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    1. Yes it really was a unique topic to have chosen to write about, and it was handled so well too. I would agree with you too, about grief.

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  13. Now this is a storyline, sounds like a real page turner to me.

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  14. Wow, that's a lot of authors. I believe that the grieving process depends on who you have lost. My best friend died unexpectedly almost two years ago and I grieved for a long time but now when I think of him, I miss him but I remember the good times. So I would say I am not grieving anymore but celebrating him.

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    1. Quite a lot of them who came together to make this book what it is! I like the idea of celebrating the life that he had as time has come to pass :)

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  15. Well this certainly does sound like a really intense, interesting read, although I don't think the topic could be one I'd read about, by choice. It seems to have sparked some really strong discussions and thoughts with you, though, and I think that's important. xx

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    1. I think it would be a lot of people's first choice. But I think it was well suited for me, and it did make me think a lot, yes~

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  16. Thanks for doing this giveaway, Olivia!

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  17. This is one of those books that's tough to get through, but has some social relevance that is important now more than ever. I can see why this brought on tears.

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    1. The social relevance was what definitely made this book stand out as unique here.

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  18. Great post dear! Have a wonderful weekend:)

    irenethayer.com

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  19. This is one that I think I had an egalley of but couldn't get to in time to read it. It sounds so good, and your review makes it sound even better! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Ack, I hate when that happens! I think this is one you would be able to enjoy quite a bit.

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  20. Wow this sounds different and 17 authors. I am glad to see it was well done as it is such a dark and difficult subject matter

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    1. It really was a unique read. It was a lot of authors, but I barely noticed that there were so many because the novel flows so well as a whole.

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  21. Wow, thats a lot of authors! Sounds like a great book though & hard to put down. Thanks for the great review. :)

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    1. It definitely was one that I couldn't stop reading!

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  22. Wonderful review. This book sounds so good and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this one myself.

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    1. You definitely should! It has so much to it.

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  23. I keep hearing crazy good things about Violent Ends. Can't wait to read it.

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    1. Because it is crazy amazing ;) I hope you will love it too.

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  24. This is new to me but wow..I think i need to add it

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