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This Is Where It Ends Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—Opportunity High School takes pride in leading its students to greatness. After all, its motto is We Shape the Future. However, not all students agree. Outcast Tyler Browne has returned with a vengeance and with his own motto: "I will make sure you remember me." And so begin 54 minutes of hell on earth for students and staff as Tyler holds his audience captive inside a locked auditorium, killing whomever he pleases and offering heartless grace to others. Told from four student perspectives, each with their own frayed relationship to "the shooter," this compelling tale echoes current events. The full-cast narration includes top-of-their-game performances from Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden, Kate Rudd, Whitney Dykhouse, Lauren Ezzo, and Scott Merriman. VERDICT A gripping tale from start to finish. ["With a thrilling narrative, topical subject matter, and diverse characters, this is a first purchase for libraries serving teens": SLJ 11/15 review of the Sourcebooks Fire book.]—Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This Is Where It Ends is simultaneously heart pounding and heart wrenching. Every word hits frighteningly close to home and is tragically too familiar. This book will leave you asking questions that we as a society should have answered a long time ago." - Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN'
"Stunning, diverse, and unforgettable, This Is Where It Ends is a book everyone should read to better understand each other and the world around us." - Robin Talley, author of LIES WE TELL OURSELVES
"As long as there are Newtowns and Columbines there will be a desperate need for gripping, well-written, and poignant novels like this one. We are the most gun-violent country in the world, and yet little has been done to stop these rampage killings. Many people have become numb to the news that yet another child, or family, or congregant, has been murdered. Hopefully a book like This Is Where It Ends will make the problem more real to a generation that still has the time, energy, and willpower to do something about it." - Todd Strasser, award-winning author of GIVE A BOY A GUN and FALLOUT
"Entirely gripping and fast-paced." - Lucy Christopher, award-winning author of STOLEN
"[A] compelling story of terror, betrayal, and heroism... This brutal, emotionally charged novel will grip readers and leave them brokenhearted." - Kirkus
"Love, loyalty, bravery, and loss meld into a chaotic, heart-wrenching mélange of issues that unite some and divide others. A highly diverse cast of characters, paired with vivid imagery and close attention to detail, set the stage for an engrossing, unrelenting tale." - Publishers Weekly
"With narration firmly rooted in the moment and smooth transitions in and out of flashbacks, each first-person account reveals an intricate web of betrayal and pain that connects the four to Tyler and the horror he has unleashed." - The Horn Book Magazine
"A gritty, emotional, and suspenseful read and although fictionalized, it reflects on a problematic and harrowing issue across the nation." - Buzzfeed
"Marieke Nijkamp's brutal, powerful fictional account of a school shooting is important in its timeliness." - Bustle.com
"A compelling, brutal story of an unfortunately all-too familiar situation: a school shooting. Nijkamp portrays the events thoughtfully, recounting fifty-four intense minutes of bravery, love, and loss." - BookRiot
"The core message and potential to open thoughtful discussion make this a solid choice for teen readers." - VOYA Magazine
"Harrowing first-person narrations reveal the way characters try to understand what is happening, where they are in relation to the emergency, and what they can do to save those they love... readable, gripping, and well balanced." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"You'll finish this book in a single evening, guaranteed." - Paste Magazine
"Nijkamp's emotional, powerful debut fictionalizes an all-too-frequent occurrence in today's world. Her strong storytelling pulls readers into a school shooting, leaving them amongst the gunman's victims in Opportunity High's auditorium." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Intense and compelling, this debut novel balances the senseless violence of a school shooting with uncommon acts of courage and compassion by a diverse cast of characters." - Common Sense Media
"With an ending that will leave readers rocked with fear, grief, chills and tears, this outstanding debut will hit close to home and is best suited for older teens." - BookPage
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The biggest weaknesses by far, however, are the relationships between the various characters. None of it feels natural, and this is especially true for Sylvia and Autumn. They lack believable chemistry; they say they love each other, the words are written on the page many a time throughout the work, but we never get to really grow attached to them as a couple. And the blandness of the romance would have been fine if the book were aiming for a more neutral, down-to-earth tone, but no. Everything in here is poised to be grand: grand in how the plot unfolds, grand in how people die, grand in the dialogue... but none of that amounts to much because it's all so in-your-face blatant that it loses all its power.
I am very disappointed by this book. As much as the premise for this excited me and as much as people kept raving about it, perhaps I set my sights too high. But I don't think so. A book that tackles as much as this one tries to should not be a light read. This was a light read, and I am very saddened and disappointed by that.
Young people might find it more exciting and be less caught up in the non realistic moments.
I enjoyed the alternating points of view, but I think a couple were unnecessary and just distracting. Never showing us what Tyler is thinking keeps the mystery going and I think that was a good call.
It's definitely dark, very dark and violent, this isn't a book about healing or happiness, but maybe that is some of the realism that IS in the book.
This Is Where It Ends had soooo much potential. Potential to rip my heart out and leave me in a shredded mess. Potential for me as a mother with children in middle/high school to connect on so many, many levels. However, neither of these things happened. I never really felt too much emotion. My thoughts and emotions while reading were flatter than flat. Which is a damn shame considering the brutal attack these kids faced.
I wanted more. Was the book graphic? Yes, it was. It was quite vivid. But it didn't show a lot of depth. The author needed to dig a little deeper. Push a little harder. And pay a bit more attention to the intricate details, making them feel more tangible.
This is one of my biggest fears. A reality of any parent with children in schools. And while I was reading I kept thinking maybe the news has left me desensitized to this type of tragedy. However, after reading other reviews and talking with a friend, I don't think that is the case.
In the end, I thought too bad I hadn't bothered this from a library, wish I could get my money back, even if it was only $2.00.