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Review by Suze
The students of Opportunity are being welcomed by their principal in the auditorium. After the speech they're all ready to leave, but the doors are locked. They're at the mercy of a shooter, someone who isn't afraid to kill. He has all of them in his power...
This Is Where It Ends is an impressive story about a high school shooting. Marieke Nijkamp uses multiple voices to tell her story. They all have a connection with the shooter. Such a daring way to write a book can be messy, but as the voices are all distinctive it actually enhanced the quality of the story. It also contributed to the feeling of chaos, without describing it in an obvious way. Very subtle and very good in my opinion.
This Is Where It Ends is shocking. Marieke Nijkamp only describes the time of the shooting, which is less than an hour. She doesn't need a longer timeframe as she's writing about something huge. She manages to keep the readers on the edge of their seats the whole time this way. I think not making the story too long was a good decision as it's pretty intense. A topic like a shooting incident means there will be victims. Every one of them was tough to read about. Even though the reader doesn't get to know most of them very well reading about what's happening to them is still saddening enough.
This Is Where It Ends has a main topic that has been written about before, but it isn't like any other high school shooting story. The style is unique. I liked the cultural diversity, which is part of everyone's world and that is how Marieke Nijkamp describes it, as normal instead of a big and emphasized issue, which only would have distracted the reader from what the story is all about. I applaud that. For me that's exactly how it should be. I think this book is a must-read, it's really good.