Violent Ends (Review & Giveaway!)

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.
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

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