This week’s question comes from Jen D. at Not Now … I’m Reading.
What’s the last book you read that had a totally unexpected ending?
I picked this question because I’m going to review the book I’m about to answer the question with later this week so I thought it would be timely. And the answer is…
Though technically, this book has an unexpected middle, three-quarter point and ending! Seriously, I’ve never been taken for a ride and surprised and spun around quite like I was while reading this book. It is a deliciously fun, unexpected thrill ride of a book … and I’m curious to see how my review will come out as I can’t imagine what I can tell you about it that won’t give away the thrill and surprise and sheer unexpectedness of the book. But I’ll come up with something to entice you to give this book a whirl. Check back on Thursday for more details!
And, because I can never just write a short post that gets right to the point, I must share with you some other books that surprised me.
This is a book that, when you get to the end, causes you to rethink everything you have just read. The basic premise is the story of a boy and a Bengal tiger marooned on a life raft in the sea. But it is about more … a lot more. You have no idea how much more. God, this was a good book. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and get it and read it now. This was one of those books that just blew me away and was one of my favorite reads before I started blogging.
I read this ages ago but remember thrilling to the twist that Card throws in at the end. This is a sci-fi book but don’t let that turn you off if this isn’t your genre. It is a really really really good book! I would tell you the basic premise, but it has been so long since I read it that I don’t know if I can so I borrowed this from description from Amazon:
Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses — and then training them in the arts of war… The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of ‘games’… Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games… He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?
I know not everyone was surprised by the ending, but I was and it made a disturbing book all the more powerful and messed up. The basic plot: An ambivalent mother finds her son Kevin difficult to love. Her husband doesn’t see the same darkness she sees. In a series of letters to her husband, the mother talks about Kevin –openly and honestly — for the first time. As the book evolves, your sense of dread and discomfort build. And then WHAM. You get hit on the head yet again. Disturbing, depressing yet compulsively readable. And the author is a woman, by the way. I read this entire book thinking it was written by a man and then found out it was by a woman. It doesn’t really change anything, but I just wanted to let you know.
I know there was some kind of surprise at the end but I had no idea what it was. I literally had to backtrack and reread the pertinent paragraph because McEwan just kind of slips it in there and I was like “Whaaaatt???? Did I just read that right?” Then I burst into tears. The basic plot: At its heart, this is a book about paying for the decisions you made in a split second and must live with forever. Set during WWII, it is the classic story of star-crossed lovers and how their lives are changed by one person’s split-second decision that has reverberations for years to come. Pretty good movie too.
So I love love love books with unexpected endings so tell me your favorites!!! I want more to add to my bookshelves!