Review for ‘This is Where it Ends’ by Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: 1/5/2016
The Synopsis: “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.”
The Review: I was given an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Here goes…This. Book. Was. Heavy. I’m sitting here trying to gather my thoughts right now after finishing it. As you can see by the synopsis, this book touches on the troubling topic of school shootings. I knew what I was getting into when I started this story, but even so I don’t think I could have prepared myself to handle how truly real it felt. As with other books that touch on such sensitive subjects, I was happy that the author chose not to sugarcoat school shootings in any way. Marieke was straightforward in the shooter scenes, and the description of death was not pretty which was perfect, as it should not have been pretty. Kudos to her for describing what was happening to the students in such blunt terms. I think this book truly paints a picture of how horrible situations like this are. The author wrote this book from the viewpoints of various teens involved with the incident and it was easy to understand what was happening. If you are weary of books written from multiple viewpoints, I promise you that this one was easy to follow along with. Our author used small flashbacks in some chapters to help give background to our characters and why they were responding the way that they did to the school shooting that they were experiencing. Please expect to have your emotions ripped out of your chest. There is death. There is plenty of sadness. And, just like in real life situations as this, there is no rhyme or reason. We start to see why the shooter acted the way he did, but that doesn’t mean you will get the closure you want from this one. I don’t want to make this story seem unappealing, because I put up a strong recommendation to read it. Its almost as if the author was able to use this fictional story to give voices to victims of crimes like this in real life.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Books that incite raw emotion, topics that will force you to think, and stories that will cause your heart to race
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Violence, lack of fulfilling closure (I say this because there is closure, but not necessarily the kind that the reader wants), or chapters written from the viewpoints of multiple people.
The Rating: 5 out of 5 stars because this book forced me to confront a very real problem in schools everywhere, and it was written with such raw emotion that I couldn’t help but hurt when it was all said and done.
Author’s Goodreads Page: Marieke Nijkamp Goodreads