Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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.
This is not an easy book to review. I’d heard very different views on it, so went into it with an open mind. I don’t think it’s an easy topic to handle, and think that might be part of the problem. I liked the idea of it taking place over the space of an hour, and I liked the way it switched from different students perspectives. I also liked that there were a couple of LGBT characters, one of them being one of the characters we follow.
The problem I had was that there doesn’t seem to be any point to it all. I kept thinking that maybe the point is that there is no point, as things like this happen and we look for a reason and rarely find one. But I just can’t see why you would want to write or read a book like this. I came away from it thinking I’d just wasted time that I could have spent reading something else. I love to read a book that entertains me, makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me jump when I hear noises in the dark. This one just didn’t make me feel anything. We see enough senseless violence on the news that I don’t want to see it in my books too. And if it is in a book, then I want an explanation for it.
Sorry if this seems a bit of a rant, but this one just wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was well written and I may check out the authors next book. But this is one book that I won’t be recommending to everyone.
I’d love to hear if any of you have read this and what your thoughts are. Was it a love it or hate it book for you?