Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
About: 10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
My Thoughts: This is very fast-paced and exciting. I easily could’ve read this in a single sitting — if I didn’t have real-life obligations (like kids) to keep me busy. Each perspective in this story is unique, but they are all somehow intertwined. There are shocking moments interspersed with heartbreaking moments — and a few deaths you really hope don’t happen. Really, this is a bit of a tear-jerker.
In all honesty, though, I’ve read better school-shooting books. This didn’t grab me quite as well or hit me quite as hard as others. Although it might not be the book’s fault — maybe I’ve just read enough of these stories that I’ve become somewhat desensitized to it. (NOT to real-life incidents, of course, just fictional ones.)
That said, if you enjoy realistic contemporary young-adult fiction, this might be right up your alley. Although if school shootings are a difficult subject for you, you might want to choose something else. This is well-written, very realistic, and likely to hit home — especially if you have kids nearing this age!
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: This Is Where It Ends is scheduled for release around January 5, 2016. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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