THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS shows the reader a 54-minute fight
for survival at a local high school. If you are squeamish,
this is not the book for you.
Every year in the small town of Opportunity, the high
principal gives a speech welcoming the entire student body
to a new semester, encouraging them all to excel. The
has been done so many times most of the students know
it word for word. They also know that at exactly at 10:00
will be over. However, when the students try to leave the
auditorium for their next class the doors won't open. Five
minutes later, someone starts shooting.
Former student, Tyler Browne, returns to school to enact
revenge on the students for never seeing him. One by one
students, and teachers are gunned down. Their only hope is
Tomas and Fareed, two teenage boys who happen to skip the
principal's speech in favor for breaking into the student
records. When Tomas's sister is trapped with the gunman,
the pair work to unlock the auditorium doors.
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is written in multiple points of
view. There are
many characters, each from a different background and
orientation, giving the
reader a different
perspective when the shooting starts. The ending is heart
leaves the reader with more unanswered
IS WHERE IT ENDS is full
of diversity and strong writing. Once I picked
it up, I could not put it down. It is a book that makes you
think. THIS IS WHERE IT
ENDS, a debut novel by Marieke Nijkamp, is
a skillfully blended story of tragedy, despair, bravery,
family, and hope.