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.
This is not for a middle aged man. I think high school girls might be interested. I certainly don't know as I've never been one. I couldn't figure out why it didn't have a "finished" tag on it for being in my library for so long so I started to listen to it again. Now I remember. It sounds like someone reading text messages aloud. Something like "10:10 am. <valley girl accent> Can I order a freshman to get me coffe?" Um, I don't care and I can't listen to this minutiae of a high school girl's life for very long.
When I re-downloaded the book, it said I was at, I forget 10 or twenty minutes in. I could not put myself through that much of this book for a second time. I will mark this one finished so I don't make the same mistake again.
I realize I could be really selling this book short and it could get really good, but I doubt it. All the time interuptions and valley girl accents are way too intrusive to the story.
Absolutely, this is a story that parents, students, teachers and the general public should all read to gain knowledge & insight on how these tragedies affect everyone from the teachers, faculty, students, families and the shooter themselves.
Obviously, my sympathy could only go so far because he was so extremely cruel with how he plotted & executed his plan not only to kill his teachers, principal, peers, but also his very own sister. But to hear his story, you did feel for him, because he just felt so alone since his mother died, although that is no excuse, it makes me wonder what can we do to stop this from happening? What signs can we look for? How can we make students realize even the smallest sign of trouble should not be taken lightly?
These tragedies have to come to an end and it is only with knowledge and acceptance of the facts that we will reach that goal.
It is a very emotional book because of the gruesome story behind the book and the fact that this is a reality in our world today. It serves as a wakeup call & a call for help.
I did not cry, however, my heart hurt the entire time for these students, families, faculty and everyone involved.
Long live Good Sci-Fi
I was enjoying the book till about the last third and I felt the story fall apart would have greatly benefited from Tyler's point of view he doesn't feel real nor does the ease of how he kills so many in an age where this has happened.
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