Monday, January 4, 2016

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends 
By: Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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. 10:03 The auditorium doors won't open. 10:05 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. (Goodreads)

This is Where it Ends is a powerful story that tackles a topic that I haven't seen much of in Young Adult books. It certainly left an impact on me and I still can't stop thinking about it.

This is Where it Ends is the story of a school shooting told from the perspective of four different characters. Claire, Tomas, Autumn, and Sylv are each affected differently by the shooting. However, each of their stories intricately come together.

The plot is paced fast and it all takes place within the time frame of the shooting. There were only a couple of flashbacks with each of the characters which provides you with a little bit of background to them. I read this book in one sitting because of how fast it was moving forward. On the other hand though, the fast pace meant that I never really connected to these characters. It took me a while to even differentiate between the four characters because they were all blending together at first. Each chapter jumps between all of the characters in these short passages. There were also these pages with tweets randomly throughout the book and those just didn't flow with the story. Each time I came across one of those pages, it would take me out of the story.  

I understand that everything is happening just as fast for these characters though and they are all in shock. This story doesn't shy away from showing the violence, so it did become increasingly difficult to read at times. It absolutely left me with a heavy heart. I don't want to say too much more about this book. It wasn't until days passed since I finished reading that I really began to gain an appreciation for this book. It left me with so many unanswered questions, but that is what any school shooting does.

I think that the way This is Where it Ends was told will work for some readers and may be a turn off for other readers. I still recommend giving this book a chance though. It's a powerful story about an important topic. 


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4 comments:

  1. The book, even the cover, gave me chills. Definitely a subject I've never read before, but one I am very much curious to delve into. And even though the pacing made it feel like the characters blended together, I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I like that the time frame and the focus on four characters during that event.

    Lovely review!

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  2. I just finished reading this book this morning and it was extremely heartbreaking and sad. I just couldn't put it down> I think I read the whole book in two hours or so. Great review.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  3. I have seen quite a few mixed reviews for this one, but I'm glad to see you more or less enjoyed this one. No matter what, this is one I think I need to read. It's a premise that is entirely too prevalent in reality nowadays but not often touched in YA literature, so that alone is really important to me. I really love heavy, thought-provoking books, so this one seems like it will be good for me, even if I'm not able to fully connect to the characters (though that makes me sad because that's the best part of reading IMO). Thanks for the great review!

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

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  4. Agreed! I also would have liked the book better if not for the POVs, but still worth reading. Great review.

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