This is Not the End by Chandler Baker

cover109350-medium.pngSYNOPSIS: I wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days. On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both. The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.
Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly-and illegally-promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet. The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished. Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong. Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on?

My thoughts: Sometime in the future, when a person turns 18, they can choose to resurrect someone via the magic of medical science. This is the plot line of This is Not the End, while I was interested in the conflict presented here but ultimately, the premise felt a little flimsy to me. I was not really interested in this book after the first few chapters. Baker writes with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you curious but just not enough to hold my interest. While is book was a good read and I did follow through all the way to the end, I am just not that impressed and felt it is one of those books that I will not go back and read.  **I received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

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