I’m not a big fan of reality TV. In my opinion, it’s cheap entertainment that makes everyone who watches it just a little dumber for sitting around watching “real” people do stupid crap for fame and/or money. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the appeal. I’ll even admit to having my IQ lowered on rare occasions when I was sucked into a reality tv show a friend or family member was watching (Hey, I only watched to be polite). They can be strangely compelling.
Crazy endings are in the same boat. Readers claim to despise them, screaming "WTF" at their Kindles but there are plenty of insane endings on the mega-bestsellers list. Some have even been made into giant movie franchises. Unlike reality TV however, a surprising conclusion doesn't assault your intellect, it comes after your emotions. The grinding pain of not knowing how the story ends—or if the story ends in some heart-wrenching fashion—can be devastating. Not to worry though, every book on our list of all-time great WTF endings is well worth the anguish. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there’s an episode of Hoarders on my DVR I’ve been meaning to watch.
Driven by unknown demons, he has no tolerance for imperfection, in any aspect of his life, including his recent acquisition. Anthony may appear to the world as a handsome, benevolent businessman, but in reality Claire knows firsthand that he’s a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as you’re told, public failure is not an option, and appearances are of the utmost importance.
Captivate the captor.
To fit together the pieces of the puzzle, Claire must follow his rules. Will her plan work, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination, changing the game forever? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?
Nobody ever did or ever will escape the consequences of his choices.—Alfred A. Montapert
In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she's willing to live through . . . and who she's willing to live without.
Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn't. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.
But already Beck is being hunted down. He's headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret—and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.
Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is. Includes “The New World,” a short story by Patrick Ness.