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.”
This book as you probably know was one of my most wanted reads of this year, and let me tell you, it didn’t let me down.
This book is set at a school (obviously) and deals with school shootings and I guess the impacts that it has on an individual who is 1) in this ordeal and 2) has been impacted by it. I have a big interest (yeah I’m mad, but I swear it’s fascinating to see why a person does this) on this topic. We studied the Columbine shootings at school, and as horrible as they where it has shaped the world so much, well mostly, but not enough. And because of this, I think it’s interesting to see why the two boys, in the end, ended up doing what they did.
While reading this book, I had goosebumps. I could never imagine myself in this situation at all. And just reading about it made me feel sick and anxious about the characters lives. It had me on edge at points and made me question quite a lot of things.
I believe Nijkamp has done an amazing job with this topic, I feel like she has touched on this topic very well and has established a very quick connection with the audience at the start of the book. I was hooked.
I did love how she has an array of different characters POV’s. Somewhere in the actual building with the shooter, somewhere outside helping police and some others were trying to get into the building to help those stuck get out. By doing this I think Nijkamp has efficiently established suspense as at certain times we as an audience are thrown into the POV of another character and are left in the dark.
I also loved the diversity of the characters. And how they all had a certain link to the individual with a gun, whether it was a relationship, friendship and even family relations.
I also enjoyed seeing parts of social media being used in the book by the characters who are involved in the situation. I found this to be a unique aspect of the book.
“You can’t always keep your loved ones with you. You can’t settle your life in one pace. The world was made to change. But as long as you cherish the memories and make new ones along the way, no matter where you are, you’ll always be at home”
“We are more than our mistakes. We’re more than what people expect of us”
I am going to rate This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp 4/5 stars. This book did live up to my expectations and I loved the way that the author has written this book. Definitely, should pick this up!