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.
It’s never easy to read about school shootings but as an educator, I think it is important. We never know what we would do in those situations but we can only learn through training and knowledge.
Like the summary says, this book is told from four different perspectives. It was hard to keep track of who was talking and exactly what time they were speaking while moving between the perspectives.
I felt like I needed some back story on each person to really understand where they were coming from and their place in the story.
I had a hard time caring for any of the characters. They all seemed one-dimensional to me.
The one thing this book has going for it is that it is fast-paced and it is intense. The entire book takes place in around an hour so things have to happen fast. That fact alone makes this a book that teenagers will read.