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Reviewed by Cloie Belle Daffon for Readers' Favorite
Ken Saik’s In the End is a story about a sinkhole that left the people of Pine Valley, especially the families of the 12 victims, horrified. After two straight days of downpour, the Sanfield couple found a huge gaping hole where their garage was supposed to be. The worst part of it all was inside that garage were twelve teenagers and one of them was their beloved son, Sampson. They had been partying all night without a care in the world. Little did they know that all their fun was about to end there. Unbeknownst to the parents of these teenagers, they were finding a way to survive inside the tunnels found deep within the sinkhole. What horrors await them as they do their best to survive? Will they encounter something suspicious and dangerous lurking in the tunnels? Will any of them be able to come out alive?
In the End by Ken Saik is a grueling and fast-paced story that piqued my interest from the very first chapter. Saik writes many heartwarming moments and a few made my heart ache, especially after I think about all the tragedies the teenagers went through. I loved the deep bond that the boys had with each other. Each of them showed remarkable bravery in the face of danger. I could envision the struggles they were facing while maneuvering around the tunnels and I was afraid and horrified on their behalf. I had goosebumps when Perry voiced his concerns about someone following them as they were checking on the different tunnels. The story was so detailed that I could feel the fear and desperation that each of the boys felt as though I was there with them. The characters of the story and its unique plot are the foundations that built up this story. I admired Perry for his unwavering faith and Calvin for his selflessness. The intricate, exciting plot is what allowed these characters and others to shine! The ending was so unexpected, but it was truly a great one. Well done!