This Is Not The End by Jesse Jordan
Publisher: Medallion Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (360 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Review by: Orchid
James Salley is turning sixteen, and it’s not going well. His family’s too busy to care, the local bully creates new tortures daily, someone appears to be following him, and he’s just learned that he’s the Antichrist.
All James ever wanted out of life was for Dorian Delaney — the operatically trained and suicidal girl of his dreams — to fall as in love with him as he is with her. But once he’s told of his bloody destiny, he finds himself fighting between who he thought he was and who he’s supposed to be.
With the school librarian pushing him to begin the Apocalypse, an irritable homunculus watching his back, and a murderous cabal of Catholics following him everywhere, James must discover how to navigate a world in which everything he’s ever believed is wrong — and if it’s possible to be the hero of a story when you’ve already been cast as the villain.
Sixteen-year-old James Salley discovers he is the Antichrist and his life gets worse than it was before. Everybody avoids him, even his parents, because he makes them feel uncomfortable, afraid and angry. Even the school bully beats him up regularly because of the way the boy feels when he’s around James.
His purpose as Antichrist is to discover the name of Morning Star who is imprisoned in the Pit on Taloon. Ezra and Dink have been sent to help him. Mikhael, Morning Star’s adversary, will then accompany Morning Star to Earth where their forces will fight using Earth as a battleground. There are also human radicals who want to dispose of James before this happens. James’ problem is to carry on living his life while the ‘otherworld’ story plays out around him.
This book is well thought out and extremely well written. Unfortunately there are way too many footnotes, some of which I felt were unnecessary and others that should have been part of the story, not footnotes. In the first 184 pages there are 47 footnotes, some half a page in length. This tends to interrupt the flow of reading.
Once the story got moving (and I gave up on the footnotes) it grabbed my attention and developed into an intriguing mystery, action novel. The author has managed to get inside James’ head to show how he feels, why he feels afraid, angry, abandoned.
I enjoyed this book especially the end which totally surprised me.