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.


The auditorium doors won't open.


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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