Thursday, November 10, 2016

Nicole Speaks: This Is Where It Ends by: Marieke Nijkamp

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts.
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Release Date: January 5, 2016
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"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."

Nicole Speaks:

Sometimes when I can't sleep I turn to books to allow my mind to wander to another time or place and escape whatever thoughts rack my brain that night.  So at 2:00am I decided to pick up Marieke Nijkamp’s This is Where It Ends.  Let me tell you that that did not help.  I found myself sneaking my book during class because I just couldn't look away from the train wreck unfolding in front of me. Then, less than 24 hours later I was finished.  This book was captivating from the first chapter. The story of a school shooting;  the boy who took it into his own hands to destroy the lives of so many others.

This book takes a tragic event, a school shooting, and allows the reader to live through the horrible 54 minute massacre from four different point of views. While books in different point of views can sometimes be difficult to follow, I felt like this was crucial to fully understand the magnitude of something so terrible.  A story like this can't be felt so strongly from just one point of view. When you read something like this from the point of view of the shooter you sympathize with his horrible past that led him to make this terrible mistake. When you read something like this from the point of view of a family member of the shooter you are torn between the heinous act he is committing and the person you thought you knew. And finally, when you read from the point of view of a victim all you see is pure evil in front of you. Giving you the point of view of the shooters sister, an ex-girlfriend, a school enemy, and someone who feared him for a long time gives you a unique perspective that no one else in that situation has alone.

The character of the shooter was interesting in and of itself. I have read other books about school shootings and sometimes I find myself almost sympathetic after learning about his terrible past and how his classmates treated him. Not that I would ever condone his actions, but more that you could understand the breaking point. In other books, the murderer is depicted as nothing more than evil reincarnated. However, I felt like this book walked the tight line of explaining what led him to this, without making you sympathize one bit.  I could see how this characters past could break someone beyond repair, but not for one moment did I sympathize or feel sorry for this character. At the end of the day, despite being a senior in high school, he is a mass murderer.

This book held my attention from start to finish. I cared for every person in that auditorium as one student ended the lives of 39 teachers and students.  As one person single handedly destroyed the lives of the entire town.  This is Where It Ends took a horrible story and made it a captivating one.

1 comment:

  1. This book has been on my TBR; and even though I know it's going to break my heart, you've made me realize I need to make time for this. Great review, Nicole!


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