Book review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


Go Book Yourself | 05/08/2015

This is where it ends book review

Format: Kindle ARC
Published: January 2016
Publisher: SourceBooks Fire

This Is Where It Ends was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review

"Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun"

When I read the blurb for This Is Where it Ends I just new it was going to be one of those books that was going to grab me. I could have read it in one sitting but you

I've read a few "school shooting" books before such as Finding Jake and Nineteen Minutes. A lot of these stories can sound the same as the idea itself can be a little restricting. The author made some really brace choices throughout the story and to me that's what really made this book stand out.

However This Is Where It Ends does stand out. It's told from the perspective of four different students. Because it's written in real time it means the pace is fast right from the start. It starts at 10.02 and finishes 54 mins later.

When I finished I realized that it felt like much longer. To me it felt like the events were taking place over the course of day but when I thought about this does reflect how people feel when they're in a traumatic situation. One moment can feel like a lifetime when someone is pointing a gun at you.

I really loved Autumn and Sylvia. I wish I could have read more about them outside of this setting! All of the characters are really endearing actually. It almost seems a pity that we know them for such a short period of time.

We don't get to read from the shooter's point of view. We get to know him through the eyes of the other people in the story and understandably, they don't have good things to say. It would have been nice to have one or two snippets from his point of view.

I would also love to read a prequel. It would be great to read about the shooters life before this event. His relationship with his father seemed turbulent at best and I think it would make for a great story.

This Is Where It Ends was a really fast paced read which really is un-putdownable! I'd highly recommend it.


★★★★ ☆

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