General rating: ★★★
Diversity rating: ★★☆ (contains: POC, minority, partially takes place in non-western world)
Imagine being 18, a freshman in college and one day the world ends. You see the world end in front of your eyes before being killed yourself. And then when you feel the world slip away you open your eyes and you’re back in your childhood room. You are 16 again and are back in high school. Everything is exactly as it was 2 years ago.
Yeah. That’s the kind of crazy this book is.
The Sixth Event by Kristen Morie-Osisek
Eighteen-year-old Raquel isn’t eighteen anymore…
During Raquel’s first semester of college, she witnesses the end of the world, only to wake up in her old room at her parents’ house two years in the past. Even worse, it seems she’s the only one who remembers—until Chris Lyley, a boy Raquel always thought was a loser, tells her he remembers the catastrophe.
Before long, they both discover new abilities. They’re able to understand any language and teleport through time and space. If Raquel and Chris can figure out what caused the end of their world, maybe they can stop it.
Even though the premise is a little crazy and the rest of the story is too, it’s fun and weird and you constantly find yourself wondering what will happen next. AND WHY??? Because this is so crazy and you just need to know how and why this is happening.
The story was a little unbelievable, with all these weird abilities Raquel has, and with some other things I can’t tell you about because that would be a spoiler. But I found that it was a weird mix of unrealistic and realistic (because there was some science background to it, but at other points there was none). I like it when they explain how something is possible, even though it is very impossible, which they did not really do for the most part.
There were a lot of characters and I couldn’t really tell them all apart, and therefore they were not as memorable as they could have been. I would have loved to see less characters (because seriously what is the use of all of these characters?) and get to know them more. The two main characters Raquel and Chris were great characters, but I would have love to see more of them. I did think it was very interesting to see how your life can change in 2 years and when looking back, how different you would have acted if you were the same person as you were today.
The ending was a little rushed and I didn’t quite understand what was going on, but for the main part, it was really enjoyable to read. It sounds like I’m really just mentioning bad things but it really isn’t a bad book. The love story was cute and I found it to be quite realistic, compared to some other YA books. It’s a book that will confuse you and make you yearn for more.
I am giving this book 3 stars because even though it was enjoyable, it was a little too weird. I would recommend this book if this review made you curious because I think that was what made the book good: the constant wanting to know what’s going to happen and how and why.
** I received this book via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a review, this did not affect my opinions in any way**