by Shalini Sreedhar
Nothing, translated from Danish, is a very dark novel. The main characters are seventh graders who go through a disturbing path in trying to prove that life has meaning. Although the characters are young, it becomes clear within the first couple chapters that this is not a book meant for children because of the slightly morbid themes.
The novel is also philosophical, and requires you to consider different sides of arguments about meaning. It will definitely make you think about meaning in your own perspective and in your own life. In addition, the translation was very good, so it did not feel choppy. It’s a pretty short novel so it can be read in a matter of hours.
I would recommend this novel to someone looking for a thought provoking novel with a dark twist.