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.
What I think:
This book was very conflicting for me. On one hand, I liked how this book tried to explain the issue of school shootings. I thought the story was explained very vividly, and I even had a dream about this topic the following night after I read it. However, there are A LOT of problems I have with this book.
First, this book does not portray real people. Everything is black and white with everyone in the book as either a helplessly good victim or an evil shooter. In fact, this book almost seemed like a supervillian cartoon. The shooter was the one dimensional bad guy that gives no explanation for his motives with evil tendencies throughout his life, while the victims were all portrayed with good characteristics. In real life, this is not the case. The lack of humanity given to any of the characters made me unable to connect with them and made the book extremely bland.
Second, although I like books that contain diverse character, it almost seemed like the author obtained a checklist of all the different types of diversity and started adding them in randomly. It just didn’t work because none of the characters were fully developed.
Third, the characters were awkward. I think the author did try to expand on the depth, but there were so many times where the characters’ reactions were not realistic nor made sense.
Overall, I did not find This is Where it Ends realistic or captivating. However, I think this novel was timely, as it explains a huge issue in our society today.