Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Contemporary

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.

Wow.  So you can guess from reading the summary what this story is more than likely going to entail. So I was expecting what happened.  However, what the author did with this story was absolutely amazing.  This was a thrill ride from the first page, and I altered between being on the edge of my seat. being shocked, being heart-broken, and being filled with hope.  I felt it all in this book.

This story is told by several perspectives of high school students, so you were able to see several stories, several viewpoints, reactions, and feelings.  This could have been confusing, but instead, it lent such depth to the story, and really pulled at my emotions even harder.

I can't imagine living through something like this, witnessing such horrors, and then having to live with those visions for the rest of my life.  And the truly sad thing about it is that this is become too, too common in our modern world.  There are people out there for whom this story isn't just a story but a reality, and I have enormous respect for the author for taking on such a subject and handling with with both sensitivity but also honesty.  The author didn't pull any punches here, so it was raw and gritty and real to the core.  I felt as if I was there.

The ending had me on the edge of my seat.  I can't really say anything further because I don't want to ruin the ending.  This is a book you have to experience for yourself.  This was an amazing story, told in amazing way, and my emotions were thoroughly engaged and deeply felt as I read.  Wonderful book.

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