At The End Of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp

*Spoiler free*

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for the e-ARC!

The Hope Juvenile Treatment Center is ironically named. No one has hope for the delinquent teenagers who have been exiled there; the world barely acknowledges that they exist. Then the guards at Hope start acting strange. And one day…they don’t show up. But when the teens band together to make a break from the facility, they encounter soldiers outside the gates. There’s a rapidly spreading infectious disease outside, and no one can leave their houses or travel without a permit. Which means that they’re stuck at Hope. And this time, no one is watching out for them at all. As supplies quickly dwindle and a deadly plague tears through their ranks, the group has to decide whom among them they can trust and figure out how they can survive in a world that has never wanted them in the first place.

I was drawn to this book because it was about the teens left behind, the teens in a juvenile detention center, when a deadly disease hits. I knew it would have a queer and disabled characters. Those things were enough to sell me, and enough for me to want to know what this book is all about. Trigger warnings: misgendering, blood

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Teens vs Hollywood

I had the idea for this post awhile ago, but I didn’t think I would ever get around to making it. I just didn’t feel like I had enough to say. But, there was news that City of Ghosts was being made into a TV show and they were aging Cass up to a college grad. She’s 12 in the books. And I wanted to expand on my original thoughts on the subject. Plus, talk about the representation of teens in the media in general.

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