Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Genre: Young Adult, GLBT
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Paperback: 288 Pages
My Rating: ★★★.75
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.
I feel like this was close to a 4 star. But not quite. I haven’t read a book like this before, so I can’t compare it to anything, but I have my reasons for the rating & a spoiler free review.
This story was very enthralling and I was definitely addicted to what would happen next. However, the story is told within the span of one hour. Being told only during one hour made it really hard to connect to the characters and watch them develop. This was really about getting to know the characters and learn their stories.
Multiple POV’s really interest me and I enjoyed how it was done in this book. There are perspectives from students witnessing the shooting, outsiders, and social media posts. This was very, very different and I liked having many more perspectives from different characters & sources.
At times, I felt it was predictable and not much of a surprise or shock factor. As well as not much dialogue from the shooter – so at times it was confusing to understand what was going on. Having not ever witnessed a school shooting personally, it was harder for me to really know if it was realistic or not.
Diverse characters stood out to me the most during this read. Some of the students are POC; for example: Fareed who is from Afghanistan. Also, a LGBT romance is involved in the story, which was fascinating to read.
The story told really shows that you don’t really know everyone’s story, even if they’re your former classmates. Many of the students had elaborate stories from their home life and personally as well.
Overall, I did enjoy this read but it definitely had some flaws. I still recommend to read this, it’s a story everyone should read for the awareness of school shootings.