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.
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.
©2016 Marieke Nijkamp (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. First published in print by Sourcebooks Fire.
The narrators were great considering the sappily melodramatic dialogue and language used by the characters. For me, they were really the only bright spot in the story. I totally understand and admire what the author obviously wanted to do with this story but the whole thing came off too sensationalist, too melodramatic, and too emotionally manipulative with alot of tokenism thrown in for a short at diversity. All these things took away from what could have possibly been a very dark, gritty, and heart wrenching read if only a decent amount of realism and less purple prose was thrown into the narrative of events.
Don't waste your money, even at the sale price. This was a melodramatic dud at best. The characters are very hard to relate to and the use of their communication via social media added nothing to the story.
I was hoping for a suspenseful and gritty psychological thriller. Instead the author took me through a highly dramatized slew of useless dialogue and poorly written emotional scenes. I hope somebody can take this idea and write something worth the listen/read.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Every now and then I get a hankering for some YA, especially when I see that Nick Podehl is one of the narrators. And you never know, YA, even MG, can be tonic for an adult out of touch with themselves.
This one, "This Is Where It Ends", is good if you want to get in touch with your inner angst-ridden teen. Not so much for adults, really. It's urgent, emotional, fraught with every type of teenager there is. It goes to GREAT lengths to touch on any experience, background a teen can come from. So naturally, you might find yourself rolling your eyes a time or two, if you're an adult.
If you're a teen (and by the way, this is NOT for 11-13 year olds!), more power to you. You'll find yourself within, every emotion you've ever felt, every fear you've ever had.
Masterfully narrated, with Nick Podehl turning in the most compelling character's voice, this is a decent way to spend your time.
I know this kind of book is a hard topic to listen to and I was ready for that....but the storyline was the issue. The whole thing was anticlimactic. The characters weren't explained in a way that you could attach yourself to any of them. The actions of each in the end was so unrealistic that I almost didn't finish it. Pass and find a better book.
I'm a clinical psychology doctorate student. I love to read a good romance or ya novel to escape from the everyday stresses of life.
I found myself nervous at times for different characters for different reasons. This isn't the typical YA book. There's some romance in it, but the focus is on the 54 minute time span that makes this such a unique listen. It really made me reflect on how violence and bullying looks in schools in the U.S. today and how there are different ways to cope with it.
Slightly preachy end but overall, a beautifully modern piece set in a high school. I'm glad that I purchased this.
The story is really good. It was SO hard to follow all the different characters and find out how they all fit. The "tweets" totally lost me since I have never dealt with that type of social media. This is one book that you should listen to in one sitting since it is so hard to follow the short timeline. Overall it was a good story but confused me much of the time.
This is where it ends keeps you on your toes and is very entertaining. The point of views gives you a break during chaos and it's cool to know what's happening at the same time as something else if that makes sense. Like when the shooting was going on inside the school, I knew what it was like outside where the survivors are. The characters that were narrating all had a connection with the shooter and all wish they did a certain thing to stop it and regretted what they did to the shooter. The detail is incredible and hearing the different voices of the characters made it a lot easier to understand.
But BEWARE!! I stayed up super late finishing this book because I couldn't stop reading it!!! I wanted to find out what would happen next!! I couldn't help it! Also, this book really touches the heart. It's the type of book that you read twice just because you want to go deeper, it's something that you don't forget. This book is wonderfully written.
Powerful book about a school shooting from the POV of the shooter's family and victims. With the number of active shooter situations in the US lately, this was all too real despite being a work of fiction. I listened to the book on audible. The book contains a number of posts from social media. I found the "hashtag..." and social media abbreviations - yes they use the actual letters i.e. "KTFO" - VERY annoying and distracting. Had I read this in a paper version I could have skimmed over all of that.
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