We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp.
Five friends, Ever, Finn, Carter, Maddy and Liva, decide go to Liva’s family cabin in the mountains one summer to play their alternative world game. The group have been through a lot recently, Finn being made disabled by his accident and Maddy suffering from PTSD after a car accident. This trip is meant to be a tonic for them all however soon after they get there strange things begin occurring – a disappearance and a murder – along with cryptic notes and a terrifying atmosphere. Each of them know that whoever is scaring them plans to kill them all. Will they get away?
I found the first third of the book quite difficult to get into. It took a while to get going however eventually I found it gripping and I was hooked in wondering whether the killer would catch them all and reveal their identity.
I loved the inclusion and representation of trans, gay, disabled and autistic characters in the story and each chapter was dedicated to a character so as a reader you got a real feel for them and their struggles. This alternate world game they play is their escape from reality and a safe place they can be themselves in.
The language is deep and emotional and the storyline becomes terrifying. It’s gruesome in parts but also an exploration of friendships among teenagers and how important they are at that age.
Even If We Break I feel is aimed at a young adult audience however it’s an entertaining read for anyone and I certainly didn’t see the twist at the end coming!
Marieke Nijkamp was born and raised in the Netherlands. A lifelong student of stories, language, and ideas, she is more or less proficient in about a dozen languages and holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies. She is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek.
Marieke is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends and Before I Let Go. She has served as an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, and is the founder of DiversifYA.
Visit her at mariekenijkamp.com Twitter @mariekeyn