This Is Where It Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp
In less than one hour, the world can change.
In less than one hour, your life can end.
In less than one hour, all you know can be gone forever.
When one senior decides that he has nothing left to live for, he decides that no one else has a reason to live, either.
With a few locked doors after an assembly, he has the ability to let everyone know how alone he feels by making them feel alone, too.
There are four students who know the shooter and these are their stories.
Final thoughts: It's hard to tell what I feel about this one. The story is gripping and the characters are interesting, but some of the choices made by the author to advance the plot just seem very strange. Shots are fired. The people out on the track have no cell phones, so they run in different directions off campus to try and find a phone and call the police. When a pair are intercepted by the police on the road, the officer brings them BACK to the school?!?! What!? No. Not gonna happen. Most of the things that happened with that particular character were odd and unbelievable. However, those things that were happening in the school itself were much more realistic. While the shooters motives are a little hard to understand, since we don't get his perspective, the victims make sense. I can see teens loving this book, especially if paired with Hate List, by Jennifer Brown. But this does have triggers in it and is NOT a good fit for abuse victims or those suffering from PTSD.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!