This Is Where it Ends

Finished This Is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

10:00 a.m.
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.

10:02 a.m.
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.”

Okay, so I’m not stupid. I went into this book fully aware that it would be an intense read and, given the fact that it was about a school shooting, that people would die.

I was not anticipating the insane amount of tension I would feel.

Let’s back up for a second.

Around the time Scream came out—maybe a month or two later—Wes Craven gave an interview saying that he deliberately wanted Drew Barrymore’s character to die because he didn’t want the audience to feel safe in anticipating who would live or die.

Fairly early on in the book, a character died that I wasn’t expecting to lose.  I spent the rest of the novel feeling unsafe.

This is actually a good thing; how often do you get to read a book that’s completely unpredictable?

I was afraid to get too close to the characters, because I knew some of them wouldn’t survive.  Even so, it was impossible not to like them.  Some were nicer than others and some I liked less, but these were people I cared about and so their survival mattered to me.

And yes, there were tears.

Highly recommended.


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