Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieka Nijkamp
Published: January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction
My Rating: 4.5/5
“I didn’t need to die for him to kill me.”
“10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity 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.
10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.
Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”
School shootings seem so frequent these days, which is one of the many reasons Nijkamp is able to leave you feeling terrified, helpless, and heartbroken through the near hour long ordeal of her book.
This Is Where It Ends gives an inside look at the witnesses of a school shooting. Four different people, all connected, give their minute-by-minute account of a frightening, and all too real, event.
How many people have been through the same situation? How do those related to/ friends with the shooters that have destroyed schools handle what they are witnessing?
Nijkamp dives into these scenarios. We see into the terrified minds of the ones the shooter loves, hates, and wants to die. It’s an emotional ride, one that left me with tears in my eyes more than once.
I read this book with Whisper Sync, meaning I had the audiobook from Audible and the Kindle edition, switching off. It’s very rare I actually like audiobooks (I think the readers’ voices are so hard to listen to) but I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this one, if only for the use of different readers for each perspective.
Nijkamp did an amazing job with this book. Granted, I have never been involved in any type of shooting, I still think she captured a great deal of real and true emotions.
I noticed through Goodreads that some people just didn’t enjoy this book as much as they would have liked. I do think that having the audiobook helped in my enjoyment. It’s easier to identify with the different perspectives, as well as make a more personal connection with each character, when they are being acted out.
I do think the Tweeting and blog posts that are scattered throughout the book were strange. I didn’t really care for them. They were weird being read in the audiobook, and it didn’t seem to fit when I was reading the book. I understand that it was to get the perspective of those not at the shooting, but that are still students and those affected, but it would have been just fine without all of that.
Overall, I enjoyed this one. I hate that some people didn’t, but if you aren’t feeling the book, try switching to the audiobook.
What did you think of This Is Where It Ends? Did you enjoy it or just not get into it?