Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publication: January 5, 2016
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Two hot button issues. Guns. School shootings. Marieke Nijkamp tackles both in her upcoming YA fiction release “This Is Where It Ends”. An absolutely riveting tale of secrets, realizations, and horror.
“This Is Where It Ends” follows the story of four teenagers from Opportunity High School as each are entangled in a school shooting led by someone they know. The catch phrase on the cover of the book, “Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.” is absolutely true. Each viewpoint comes from someone with personal ties to the shooter, whether it be love or hate. Autumn, Sylv, Tomas, and claire are at different places around campus… some inside with the shooter and some on the outskirts trying to save others. Nijkamp completely ensnares you in her tale of violence, revenge, heroism, and mixed emotions while one boy goes on a killing spree through school. I can’t explain the feelings this story pulls out of me. I couldn’t help but put myself in the characters shoes and try and think of what I would do. Would I be the one running for the door or trying to save as many as I could, even at the risk of my own life?
If you love well written characters with a bit of backstory thrown in, constant jaw biting drama, and suspense… “This Is Where It Ends” is definitely the book for you. The four viewpoints we get to discover in this story are so well written and relate-able that you cannot help but love them all a little. You even understand some of their crazy ideas! Nijkamp has made a new fan today in me and I cannot wait until I get to read more of her work. A wonderful work of art by a word wizard. Five stars well deserved.
“This Is Where It Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp will be out January of 2016. I know it is far away, but there are a ton of other books (many good ones through Sourcebooks Publishing) to check out until the release. You can pre-order the book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and add it to your TO READ list on Goodreads. Make sure to follow Nijkamp on her website HERE!