Saturday, 19 December 2015

Review - This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Pages: 288
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: 5th January 2015

Blurb 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.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley*

2.5/5 stars

The students of Opportunity, a high school in Alabama, are gathered in the auditorium for the principal's new semester speech.
When they get up to leave they find the doors are locked.
Then the gun shots begin.

This is Where it Ends follows several students as they try to survive and escape the shooter, Tyler, who was a fellow student. The students all have different relationships with Tyler e.g. one is his sister and another is his ex-girlfriend.
I liked the characters but I felt that they could have been fleshed out more or that there could have been less point of views as it took away from the story.
The whole book felt very one-sided; I know Tyler had done some awful things but his reasons for doing them seemed more like flimsy excuses. It would have been interesting to see things from his point of view.
The plot was okay and I liked the writing style but I wasn't gripped.

Overall this was an okay read.