This is Where it Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp
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.
Man oh man ‘This is Where it Ends’ is one hell of a realistic fiction story. Even prior to reading it I was thankful to live in Australia where in general this isn’t an issue. I was however interested in seeing how something as serious as a school shooting is portrayed in a fiction story.
I was definitely gripped by the story and began to feel invested in the characters. As a reader I found myself getting frustrated with out shooter. His irattionality and deperation to have everyone do as he says was something that made me really angry, assuming this was the authors intention it was done beautifully. I doubt a reader could pick up this book without having the same viseral dislike for the shooter.
This book definitely took my on a ride. For such a sort read I went through so many different emotions. I was saddened by the deaths of some characters as well as having the addition of tweets and texts between family members… utter heartbreak. I also felt a ton of anger towards the shooter (as we’ve noted).
‘This is Where it Ends’ is a fasyt paced read that has the reader engaged as well as educting some about the expereinces of high school students where active shooter situations are a real issue. I think this very serious topic was approched well and at an approiate level for its target audiance.
Ease of reading: 8.5/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10