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"The End is a dystopian/time travel/sci-fi/fantasy with a cast of LGBTQ heroes that bring romance, drama, and a whole lot of action to saving the world." - Dreaming In Books

About the Author

Nora Olsen lives in New York State with her girlfriend and two cats. The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World is her debut novel. Her work has also appeared in Collective Fallout and Block Magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Prizm (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610401166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610401166
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,320,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nora Olsen was born and raised in New York City. She received a B.A. from Brown University. Nora's debut novel The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World was published in 2010. Swans & Klons is her second YA novel and Frenemy of the People is her third, both published by Bold Strokes Books' Soliloquy imprint. Nora's next novel, Maxine Wore Black, is forthcoming in October 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in Collective Fallout and the anthology Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Nora's goal is to write thrilling stories and novels that LGBTQ teens can see themselves reflected in.

Nora lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her girlfriend, writer Áine Ní Cheallaigh, and their two adorable cats. The highlight of Nora's year is volunteering at Camp Jabberwocky, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities. Find Nora's books at http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/Author-Nora-Olsen.html To learn more about Nora Olsen, read reviews, and enter book giveaways, visit http://noraolsen.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shoshanna Evers on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
"The End" kept me entertained till, well, the end! I don't usually read GLBT books, but I've been on a post-apocalyptic kick lately and this book fit the bill. The magic in the story is portrayed in such a natural, easy way that it all seems very realistic and believable somehow. Olsen is a talented writer. I look forward to reading her future books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Read for your future! on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thought that this book was going to be weirder than it was. As soon as I opened it and started reading I just couldn't stop. I brought it with me to every class and even recomended to one or two of my friends. I like how Julia, Skilly, Marly, Ginger and Vikki make it through thier tough times by working together even though they don't always get along. I'd like to thank our librarian for introducing me to this program and this may be my first review but i plan on doing more
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne on December 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was a real treat. I will pretty much read anything that has lesbian characters in it, so that means a lot of romances and coming out stories. This book goes beyond all that. Yes, there are teen lesbian characters in this book, but they're not sitting around wondering what to do about being gay, they're out there wondering how they can stop World War Three. They've been given magic amulets with no user manual, and it's up to them to figure it out from there.

I found the characters in this book incredibly realistic. That might sound like an odd thing to say about a story that involves magic and time travel. But these girls are not swashbuckling superheroes. They are ordinary people who are given an extraordinary challenge. I mean, what would you do if the world was being destroyed, and you were tossed an amulet and told to fix it?

My favorite characters were Julia and Marly. I found Marly's struggle with gender issues very interesting. But at the end of the day, it was the one male character Skilly that made me think the most. What would it REALLY mean to live forever? Would I make the choices that he made? I think that the end of his storyline was a real surprise. I hope there is a sequel, I want to know what happens next!

I can totally see this turning into one of those Harry Potter type books that are billed for teens but appeal to a grown-up audience too. All in all, highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
This novel has all the elements of great science fiction/fantasy: time travel, threatened global destruction, magic, love, complex and likeable characters, moral dilemmas... I loved the combination of good, believable character development - the characters evolve as they are challenged with life-or-death decisions as well as relationship issues (which can be just as critical at a certain age) - and good old-fashioned suspenseful action! Once started, I couldn't put the book down. I highly recommend the book for anyone, adolescent through adult, who loves a good story.
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