I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary with Science Fiction Elements
Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.
When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only a few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.
For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.
With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.
7 days until the end of the world. Maybe. I Hope You Get This Message is the journey of three teens Jesse, Cate, and Adeem, the end of the world, and the chooses they make when they might only have 7 days left.
I love Jesse, Cate, and Adeem. I was so wrapped up in them and their personal journeys. Adeem was my favorite. He is so sweet and caring. His love of antique radios was such a unique part of his character. I learned some really intersecting radio facts from him. I connected with his character the most because he was nerdy and his close relationship with his sister reminds me of the one I have with my own brother. Cate’s character was so strong and I loved how devoted she was to her mother. Jesse was the hardest character from me to connect with but then again his character doesn’t want you to connect with him. Jesse wants to go it alone or thinks he does. I am not going to say anymore because I want you to get to know these three and fall in love with them yourself.
I couldn’t put this book down. The writing was amazing. All the character’s voices were so them that I never got confused about who’s Point of View I was reading. Every character in this book was so realistic. I loved the messages that the author included that random people had sent to people they love or hate after hearing the world was ending. Rishi captures humanity at it’s best and worst. This book is full of heartbreak, beauty, and hope.
Rating: 5 stars