TITLE: This Is Where It Ends
AUTHOR: Marieke Nijkamp
GENRE: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
PUBLISHED: January 5th 2016
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
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.
You can’t always keep your loved ones with you. You can’t always settle your life in one place. The world was made to change. But as long as you cherish the memories and make new ones along on the way, no matter where you are, you’ll always be at home
This Is Where It Ends is a book with devastating subject. Scholl shooting. We had that here in Finland as well and it was a horrible time. I feel that this is a good subject for a book, it really makes you think deeper.
But something was really lacking. I couldn’t Make a connection with the characters and that made the reading feel like I was casually reading a magazine. What I was predicting from this, was some emotional blow or at least something. Instead, nothing.
There also were some outputs from social media in the ens of every charter. At first those made me really confused. It took some Time to get a hold of the meaning of them.
Once i realized what was going on, it made me think of the time se live in. Are we really that stuck on the internet that the first instinct is to post at Twitter etc?
Another thing to provoke some real thinking was that Fareed had to suppress his accent so the police wouldn’t think him as the shooter. We truly still live in a world where racism is still present. Yes, I know this is an older book but I still feel something like this could happen.
Anyway, all in all This Is Where It Ends was a good book but it lacked the depth I was looking for. With some connection to the characters, I could have gotten a better experience, if thats a way to explain it.