The #1 New York Times Bestseller!
The #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016
A Buzzfeed Best YA of 2016
"..simultaneously heart pounding and heart wrenching." — Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN'
Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.
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 from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List
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A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Whenever we hear about mass shootings, it can be hard to get beyond the bare, horrifying facts. With This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp takes us inside a school where an armed student has hijacked an assembly; the action is narrated from the perspectives of four students who each have a unique connection to the shooter. Through internal narratives and flashbacks, Nijkamp’s characters grapple with the unthinkable while also trying to answer a devastating question: How could a boy they’ve known for years do something like this?
Sometimes the most terrifying horrors are not those involving monsters out of fantasy but those taken straight from today's headlines. Nijkamp's debut follows four high school students on their first day of the spring semester in Opportunity, Ala. Over the course of 54 minutes the amount of time a gunman holds their school hostage their lives collide. Each of the four has an intimate connection to the shooter, and all must find a way to face the unfolding tragedy. While Claire views the event from outside the school, Autumn, Sylv, and Tom s are on the front lines. Love, loyalty, bravery, and loss meld into a chaotic, heart-wrenching m lange 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. The starkly chilling realism and themes of abuse, death, and assault, among others, may prove too much for younger or sensitive readers, but the story unquestionably leaves an indelible mark. Ages 14 up.
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Honestly, this is one of my favorite books. The characters were so diverse and the ending almost made me cry. The different perspectives showed each side of a story, piecing it together in your head without you realizing it. I recommend others to read this, but it's your choice.