ARC Spoiler-Free Review: I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE by Farah Naz Rishi

#MediaGalReads’ spoiler-free review of Farah Naz Rishi’s debut, I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE

I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE by Farah Naz Rishi is a relatable science-fiction story set in the modern day. This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS.

I happily obtained this ARC from Epic Reads who I freelance write for. Here is the summary and shortened review.

Summary: 

Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.

For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.

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Why I was interested: While I enjoy science fiction, I feel like I watch it more often in TV shows and movies than I do reading it. I really loved this concept when I was offered the book: three teens with their own separate problems come together at the end of the world. I wondered how it would look like to live during the last week of the world and Rishi did not disappoint in thinking things through. 

Judge a book by it’s cover: I love that Cate, Adeem, and Jesse grace the front by holding onto a radio tower, something that is very consistent throughout the story. 

What to expect: Part science-fiction end-of-the-world story, part contemporary with modern problems. When y’all finish, I want to know your opinions on the ending, which I won’t write about now because this is a spoiler-free review afterall. 

Why you should pick this book up: If you find yourself more of a science fiction aficionado or a contemporary lover at heart, this story will appeal to both audiences. It’s a relatively fast-paced book with all the feels. 

Want more?: This debut will be published on Tuesday, Oct. 22. My review with spoilers will be published on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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