A couple of weeks ago I was able to interview the wonderful Marieke Nijkampe. It was a great opportunity.
A few weeks before that, I had received an Advanced Readers Copy of At the End of Everything. What a gift. Some how along the way, I had missed reading one of Marieke's novels. Sadly, I had a copy of This is Where it Ends in my to be read stack, but it never quite made it to the top. What a mistake.
I am not quite sure why I started At the End of Everything, but what a pleasant surprise. As I finished the book I knew that I wanted to interview Marieke if I could make the arrangements. Once again, a big thank you to all of the hard working people at source books.
In short, Marieke is now one of favorite authors and I have been inhaling her books as a fast as I can. I really don't think it matters which book you start with, but get started.
Since we have all been living through a pandemic, I suggest beginning with At the End of Everything.
As tough as it has been Marieke manages to imagine a pandemic scenario that is worse. Think The Walking Dead mashed together with Wentworth, but image all of the incarcerated are teenagers and the guards have left them to their own devices. Contact with the outside world is problematic at best. Well, that gets close to the tone and feeling of her book.