Series: These Violent Delights #2
Author: Chloe Gong
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Released: November 16, 2021
Oh man, am I emotionally prepared for the ending of These Violent Delights? I’m honestly not sure. What I do know is that I can’t put Our Violent Ends, by Chloe Gong, off any longer. This is by far one of the most unique (and better written) Romeo and Juliet stories I’ve seen in a love time.
In this world, 1927 Shanghai was on the verge of collapse, with two rival gangs on the brink of war, with only one common threat keeping that slim semblance of peace. Roma and Juliet are war-torn lovers dancing that line, trying to find ways to protect one another – and their people.
The threat to the city is far from over, as monsters are still a high risk, there’s still a desperate need for a cure, and other parties want to take the title of top-dog. It’s almost too much for anyone to bear.
“These violent delights have violent ends, you have always known this.”
I’m not ashamed to admit that I put off reading Our Violent Ends a little bit. Given how much I love the characters and what I know of the story that inspired this tale, I think my slight sense of foreboding was totally legitimate. If not entirely fair.
Still, I did finally cave and dived on into Our Violent Ends. Having finally sat down and read the book (in one night, mind you), I can now safely say that I was being a little bit foolish. This was never a book I should have put off reading. I love the world and the characters far too much for that.
“I will fight this war to love you, Juliette Cai. I will fight this feud to have you, because it was this feud that gave you to me, twisted as it is, and now I will take you away from it.”
Our Violent Ends was such a whirlwind of a read. There’s a lot that happens within these pages, and I do mean a lot. It’s hard to believe that Chloe Gong managed to fit so many threats and enemies into such a relatively short story. I loved every minute of it.
The idea of saying goodbye to these characters was rough, obviously. Even more so because I think we all went into it with assumptions on how it would end. I will not comment on whether or not those assumptions were correct, but I will say that the ending was both thematic and appropriate for the series.
The success of Our Violent Ends leaves me hoping that Chloe Gong may consider revamping other classic tales into something wholly different and captivating. Regardless, I know whatever she writes next, I’ll be reading it.