This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Published January 5, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres Young Adult, Fiction
This is Where It Ends is the story of a school shooting; 10:00 am, the principle 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 am, the students get up to leave the auditorium to go to their next class and realize they have been locked in. 10:05 am, someone starts shooting. This book is told over the course of 54 minutes from 4 different perspectives.
I enjoyed this book, as much as one can enjoy a fictional account of such a tragic event. It was told in a unique and interesting way, from the perspectives of 4 different people. 1 person, Clare, is outside of the auditorium for track practice during the assembly, 1 person, Autumn, is the sister of the shooter, 1 person, Silva is Autumn’s girlfriend and 1 person, Tomas, is Silva’s twin brother. Clare is also the ex-girlfriend of the shooter, Tyler. This is an interesting way to write such a book because the reader gets the perspectives of many different people. I have only read one other book told from several different perspectives and that was Salt To The Sea by Ruta Septeys. But it worked in this book and made for a fairly fast paced read. The story spans the course of 54 minutes and is broken down into different time segments.
This is hard topic to write a book about and I believe the the author did a good job. Not only is it an interesting book, but you get perspectives from people such as the shooter’s sister. Now, of course, this is a work of fiction, but it seemed fairly accurate to me. The book also touches on many topics such as depression, loyalty, the bond of family, love, friendship and abuse. It is one of those books that makes you think about how you interaction with people truly impacts them, whether or not you actually see it. Happy reading!