I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 5, 2016
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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.
~ 54 minutes. The entire story spans a timeframe of fifty four minutes. ~
Although there are other published books that deal with this topic. I think the way this story is written sets it apart from the others. It’s told in multiple points of view, and I really enjoyed learning each featured characters perspective. Learning how they were connected with each other in one way or another. Ms Nijkamp did a great job building the backstory. I felt like I really knew these characters.
There were a few times the story seemed to drag on a bit. I found myself wanting to skim a couple times, but I stuck it out and read the entire book. For the most part though I’m ok with how it ended. I think the author left a few strings untied. I would have really liked to know how things ended up for one of the main major characters.
Overall, this story is pretty good for a debut. I’ll be looking forward to reading more of Ms Nijkamp’s work.