ARC Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

reviewThis Is Where It Ends

Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: 285, Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult, Drama, Contemporary
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Synopsis: 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.


Because my copy was an ARC, it was unedited and could be different from the completed and published copy.  Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy. This is no way affected my review of the book.

I was really excited that I received an ARC copy of This is Where It Ends. The synopsis alone is able to capture many readers, especially since it deals with such a heavy topic such as school shootings/mass murder. However, I felt that the novel just fell flat. The good thing about it was that it did start quickly. The shooting starts within a couple of pages but even with that, I felt like some of the parts felt really slow paced. I liked that there were time stamps because it made it feel like you were experiencing every minute of it. I liked the idea of having different points of view because it let you see different vantage points during the shooting instead of just in the auditorium where the main action was happening. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the various points of view helped the situation. The characters felt very one-dimensional and lacked depth. They all had similar narratives and none of them really stood out to me. The only one I could distinctly remember was Autumn who was an aspiring dancer because it was literally mentioned in all her and her girlfriend’s point of view.

What I was really looking forward to reading was more about Tyler. I think that he should have gotten a deeper psychological look. I felt like more research should have been done on the past shootings to try to get into the mindset of what made Tyler snap. What made him snap wasn’t delved into and we never really find out. We find out surface situations that have led him to the shootings but it felt superficial. There are a lot of people that go through what he went through but most of them don’t go shooting their classmates. The books is also written with memories of Tyler and you can tell that he was different back then but we still don’t get to see where and when he changed to this present Tyler. I think that the book had such great potential and it started with great direction but for books dealing on heavy topics such as this, it needed to be more than just tip-of-the-iceberg.


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2 Responses to ARC Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

  1. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks says:

    Great review, Anjie! Sorry this book was a disappointment. I agree, though. With a topic as important and current as school shootings, I think it’s incredibly insensitive if both sides of the picture aren’t observed. Nobody is excusing the actions of shooters, but it’s so important to analyze how these things can be prevented, which can happen only if we know what causes them. If school shootings is a topic that interests you, I’d really really recommend Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It’s by far the best book I’ve read that deals with the issue- it’s a rather tender portrayal of the fragility of the issue.

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    • Thanks Aimal! I forgot to mention it in my review but I did read Ninteneen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and thought it was really great. I liked that you saw what happened before, during and after the shooting.


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