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'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.
I am crying right now, almost sobbing. This has to be the most heartbreaking book I have ever read! I have, thankfully, never been personally affected by any of the school shootings that have become so frequent. I have always been truly saddened by the reports when I have heard them. This book took me inside such a shooting, inside the heads and lives of those affected in real time as it happened. It was extremely intense because the author did such an amazing job of making all the characters so real, so relatable. A must read!
I'm just not sure what the reason is behind this book. I tend to think of books as serving a purpose - entertain, teach, etc. I'm just not sure where this one fits in. It gives an almost blow by blow account of a fictional school shooting incident mired in small town relationships and interconnected. But the abrupt end was quite unsatisfactory in my mind. Maybe I am looking for meaning where none exists. But this book didn't feel as if it had a reason behind it. I don't regret having read it but can't say I'd recommend it to anyone. Sorry.
It's a good storyline, but I think it could've been done better. I think that overall, it was just a little underdeveloped. The characters didn't have the depth that makes a book really good.
I didn't feel the extreme emotions that I would feel with highly developed characters. I didn't feel terror or despair, I felt fear and despondency.
It just left me wanting more.
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