Published by Sourcebooks Fire
10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity 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.
10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.
10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.
Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
This Is Where It Ends is a book that surrounds a school shooting, and focuses on the different teenagers that are involved in the incident. It offers a really unique and well-rounded view of the event. I actually borrowed it from the library to help me with the Library Love Challenge. I think that this book deals with the events extremely well, it definitely doesn’t pull punches when it comes down to it. In fact, some parts left me gasping for air.
Which leads me onto the pace of this book, it’s incredibly fast moving and that’s something I really enjoyed. I thought the way everything was placed and how each person was ordered and used to tell the story really helped with that. I don’t feel there was time to take a full breath in whilst reading This Is Where It Ends, something that really impressed me and something I haven’t experienced all that often. I love a good fast paced book, it makes reading them a better experience and this was no exception to this rule!
What really makes this book great, is how well developed the character’s storylines are. Although the book only covers 54 minutes of actual time there is a lot of detail provided through flashbacks and we learn a lot about the motivation and backstory through these. This Is Where It Ends shines in this regard and I really loved how much information I actually got throughout the flashbacks and the time in the auditorium.
I will say this one isn’t for the faint-hearted, there are some extremely distressing and graphic scenes. It really goes without saying considering the subject matter that This Is Where It Ends deals with. I do think that without these scenes the book wouldn’t have had the same impact as it did and I actually think it would have struggled to make its point as well. But it is something to keep in mind if you’re not particularly keen on that sort of thing.
I would definitely recommend This Is Where It Ends, I read it in less than 2 days and I just couldn’t put it down. My problem was that my commute was too short and I didn’t manage to get an awful lot read so that made going to work even harder!! This book was definitely better than my expectations and I am so glad that I chose it for one of my first books of the year!
What are some of your favourite fast paced books? I would love to hear some of your recommendations in the comments!