4. sij 2016.

ARC Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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Book summary:
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.
10:03The auditorium doors won't open.
10:05Someone 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.
         To all of us who always complain that there really is no diversity in YA books, well I present you This is Where it Ends! This book contains all diversity you may ask for (different races and sexual orientations) and with that deliver a really strong story, real and heartbreaking. Basically, everything I could ask from it.

         It starts with four narrators and four different POVs. At the beginning it's a bit hard to connect all the dots and understand what's the connecting between all of them as the story progresses you get to understand it. We're in a high school here, ironically called Opportunity. It's your typical high school but with some unexpected event on a first day of school. It starts as each year with assembly where the principal is giving them her speech, which all of them already know by heart. Only when it ends there is no way out. They are trapped and suddenly there are gunshots. Terror starts in and out of high school.

         While some might complain that four different narrators might be too much here it really works out. Mostly as you get to be inside and outside of the school and with that get a full picture. Not only that, this book is real. When I say real I mean shocking as you won't believe that it's happening. There is no happy moments and love conquers all here. It's really straightforward and heartbreaking.

         I'm not sure that many will find this book appealing as it might even be controversial. Still I believe it's something that we all need to read. It's a great wake up call and it makes you think of everything that's happening around you, which is its greatest strength.

Rating: 5 stars.

Until the next time,
*NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!

Broj komentara: 7:

  1. Great to have you back Tanja. I've this book around and I have to say lately I'm into more realistic YA and I think I will definitely give this one a go. So glad you enjoyed it. :) xxx

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  2. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Tanja--it completely fell under my radar and definitely is an important book to pick up. I'm glad to hear that the multiple POVs work out as that's usually a hit-or-miss. Fantastic review, dear!

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  3. These type of books always make me squeamish. Not that I am for school shootings, heck no, but....I think bullying is such a massive problem and the issues that resulted in the shooting tend to get swept under the rug in the aftermath because nobody wants to finger point. It's easier calling the shooter mentally unstable than it is to say kids can be jerks.

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  4. This sounds like it would be a difficult book to read, but it also has the potential to be a very moving one. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. Another five star read. Another book I'll be forced to read. Hahaha! This actually sounds really interesting, and I'm adding it to my Goodreads just now as I type this comment. Great review, girl!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts Book Blog

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  6. It's so great that you loved this one! I was one of those who didn't - I felt like the portrayal of it was far too black and white :(

    Great review, hun <33

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  7. I've heard mixed comments about this book. but im sooo glad you liked it! <3 im a fantasy reader, do you think ill also enjoy this?

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