This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; 1 edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492622468
  • I purchased this book for my own review.

Book Description

Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

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.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won’t open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

My Thoughts:

To sum this entire book up in one word: POWERFUL!

I think that a lot of readers probably struggle with this book because of it’s content.  No one wants to think about mass shooting especially in school but sadly this is a reality in the world we are living in.  I applaud the author for taking such a hard to talk about yet extremely important topic and making it approachable.  For me what made it approachable is that the story is told over just 54 minutes but from numerous different points of view.  Just when I would find myself staring to get unconformable with the point of view it would switch and just that little distraction was enough for me to keep on track.  While a very difficult story to read it ended up being a book I read in just a few sittings, almost out of necessity of living the 54 minutes with these characters.  Additionally, I like that there is a lot of diversity in the characters.  That does not always happen but Opportunity High has some real diversity and I think that it add a layer of real.

I would say that this would be a good book to read with your teen and sit down and have a talk about what is going on in our world.  They hear about it in the news and on the internet.  While this makes it really really real, I think that it is a good opportunity to take.