Title: I Hope You Get This Message
Author: Farah Naz Rishi
Release Date: October 22, 2019
“But the thing about the end of the world was this: either everything mattered, or nothing did.”
I Hope You Get This Message is a fantastic story with hope and a bit of heartbreak at its core. If you’re in the market for a sad and uplifting book, look no further. When Earth decodes a message from a distant planet, Alma, warning of an impending apocalypse in 8 days 3 teens converge as they’re each looking for answers or at least something to keep them sane.
Things I Liked
I absolutely loved getting to see the IAC’s (Interplanetary Affairs Committee) debate about Project Epoch’s (Earth) fate. I always love trials or debates in stories, so I loved seeing it here. You really got to see the complexities of the issue and how not everyone had the same thoughts.
There’s some excellent commentary on global warming and environmentalism.
I LOVED getting to read the messages sent out by all the different people. They were like wonderful messages in a bottle- some humorous, some heartbreaking, but excellently placed in the story for some levity.
The story is partially set in (view spoiler)! Could you ask for a better setting for an alien apocalypse story, I don’t think so.
The characters are all so flawed and real. Jesse, Cate, and Adeem are all using this supposedly last bit of time on Earth looking for something – security, answers, but they’re also running away from their problems and doing things the wrong way. It’s a messy alien-end-of-the-world scenario, but it’s deeply human and realistic.
Things I Didn’t Like
I don’t know if this type of story can ever be satisfying? I think it does as well as it can narratively, but there’s always going to be an element of what if that will just bug you .
I can best describe I Hope You Get This Message as a story that is both touching and heartbreaking. It’s hopeful and tragic and everything in between. It’s shows us the worst in humanity, and maybe why it should be saved. It’s a book that you want to read slowly, to spend as much time with these characters as you can because their time is limited. It’s a thought provoking book, you’ll not soon forget.
I Received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.