Review ~ Violent Ends (Multiple Authors)

23341259Title: Violent Ends

Authors: Shaun David Hutchinson, Kendare Blake, Steve Brezenoff, Delilah S. Dawson, Trish Doller, Margie Gelbwasser, E.M. Kokie, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskovitz, Elisa Nader, Beth Revis, Mindi Scott, Neal and Brandon Shusterman, Courtney Summers, Blythe Woolston, Christine Johnson.

Published by: Simon Pulse; September 1, 2015

Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Stars

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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.

My Review:

I have never read a book as unique as Violent Ends. It is a story told by 17 different authors, whose voices perfectly blend together to paint a multi-faceted picture of a killer. This book was intense and compelling. It was a total page-turner and I absolutely loved it.

I had only heard of a handful of the authors featured in this book, and only read books by a couple of them. I loved how different each chapter was. This book gives you 17 different perspectives and they worked really well to create one story.

I was not expecting this book to be as intense as it actually was, because the book doesn’t focus on the actual shooting. It’s all about the different character’s perspectives of Kirby and how they viewed him. Some believed him to be a good guy, a guy who had friends and was never in trouble. Others seemed to be able to see what looked like darkness hiding in him. I love that some of the chapters focus on the events after the shooting.Those characters wondering if they thought him capable of shooting up his school. Wondering if they should have seen it coming.

The thing that really got to me about this story was how realistic the story is. Everyone having questions of how and why and not being able to get any of those answers. It brings me back to any of the school shootings that we’ve all seen on the news. This book reminded me a lot of those news broadcasts and just like in reality, we don’t ever truly get all of the answers.

Violent Ends is a book that I know will stick with me for a long time. I loved all of the different writing styles, and I especially love how all of the authors were able to create one seamless, compelling story. This book was incredible and I highly recommend it.

Happy Reading!


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