DNF REVIEW: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Friday, January 1, 2016

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Format: E-Arc, 288 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: Standalone
Pre-order Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

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10:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's 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

The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

   *Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.*



   The first time I heard about this was when people were so excited about it in BEA 2015. That's when I decided to add it. I was lucky enough to get an early copy and I was so pumped to read it!!

   I thought the premise of the plot was just unique and I was so interested to see how Marieke would handle it. But the story just wasn't engaging whatsoever. I've seen so many people love it which makes it so sad that I could not get into it.

   I DNFed it at 78% into it. It's probably stupid because I was almost finished. But to be honest, it didn't really feel like I was reading it. It was more like I was reading it but I wasn't really catching the words. It was like a blur. Once I put it down, it was the end for me. And I wasn't thinking about it nor did I have the urge to pick it right back up.

   I just didn't want to bother. 

   I did cry once which is weird because I felt bad for the characters but they were just there. I had no attachment or deep connections with them. But this is a reason why I think other readers could enjoy this but it just wasn't doing it for me.

   I think the story could have done better without all the different point of views because I did have a bit trouble keeping up with all of them. And the duration of the story is only an hour so I don't think that was enough time for some character development. 

   If you are sensitive to school shootings or violence in general, I would advice you to not pick this up.



Did Not Finish!


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