Saturday, December 12, 2015

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN 9781492622468
Genre: YA Fiction
Print Length: 288 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.

 This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It EndsIt happens far too often in today’s world. A soul is pushed beyond the limits, their minds snap and all of the perceived pain and betrayals reach nuclear meltdown proportions. Mass murders in schools, the one place after home where our children should be safe, and there is no plausible explanation, just a myriad of excuses, finger pointing and blame. We watch, we exclaim sorrow, anger and we forget. Here is the opportunity to live a fictional tale that is brutally too realistic on too many levels. Pay attention as each person becomes more than a statistic, they become breathing human beings.

This Is Where It Ends by debut author Marieke Nijkamp explodes off the pages as the story of one boy who has reached his limit unleashes death on his former high school in a well-planned siege where many will die, many will be injured and no one will ever be the same again. Follow individuals as they react to gunshots, devise plans to notify the authorities. Some will show superhuman courage, some will fall apart, and others will pray to survive this nightmare from hell.
Chaos reigns as events from around the school are highlighted, making this so very heart-shattering and so horrendously real.

Marieke Nijkamp brought this world to life by using strong words woven together on a coarse and rough canvas. While her work is a thing of beauty, the ugliness of her story will leave each reader lost in their own emotional tsunami, as they realize, yes the boy pulled the trigger, repeatedly, but was he really the villain? Or was he the product of a society that only wants to recognize pretty things. Can we afford to turn our backs until the worst has happened?
Moving, shattering, gut-churning, life changing, imagine being there, imagine the cost of survival…then step up to really make a difference, it is all of our responsibilities to never let a child suffer so.

I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I've been very curious about this one since I saw it on NetGalley but didn't request it because I already have so many. Very nice review!
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