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 story about a school shooting is told from several different viewpoints, none of which is the shooter. You come to know these people on a personal level. It's a sad and moving story about normal high school students and the secrets they keep. It's about their love and their pain.
I highly recommend this story. I also highly recommend not starting this story at night if you plan on getting any sleep. It grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go until the very end.
I can't say that I loved anything in this book, because of the subject matter. I will say that it was done extremely well and that I'm in awe of the emotions evoked by the author.
I'd say one of the most memorable moments was the epilogue. I'm not going to say what it was, but I cry every time I think about it.
The author brought three dimensional characters to the book, but the narrators brought out even more of that. I felt each individual character as a person living, not a character in a book. Outstanding cast of narrators.
How can I even answer this question? The whole book was moving, sad, and extremely hard to get through. The tragedy in this book will follow me for the rest of my life.
I'm going to say that anyone who has been involved in a shooting of any kind should never read this book. On the other hand, this is a prime example of a well-done book about how horrific this nation's issues with school/theatre/anywhere shootings are. I hope that it stands as a memorial to those lives lost and doesn't become something cheap.
Also, if you read it and are a crier, have tissues nearby.
They list a group of people who narrated this book but I don't believe it was done by humans. Pretty sure it was computer generated. I couldn't get past the first hour.
I really liked listening to the different perspectives of all the characters (and their narrators) . I never really got a sense for Tyler and what his perspective really was ...only tht he was upset and tormented some how... Also the characters of Claire and Chris ...were kinda blah-having them run here and there....and not really accomplish any thing (only to help comfort the students -which is good, but why have them run here and there??)
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