Mini Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


This Is Where It Ends

Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 285

Synopsis: 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.


This was a book that I was very excited to read – mostly because I was interested in the subject matter. School shootings are horrific events that unfortunately happen way too often in the United States. I have previously read one book covering this topic and I really enjoyed it. I wanted to see this author’s take on it so as soon as my library had a copy, I checked it out.

Unfortunately, I didn’t end up enjoying the book as much as I thought I would. My biggest problem would have to be that with all the POVs the book had, it never showed the gunman’s perspective. I definitely think that this was a missed opportunity. Usually a shooters’ motives aren’t made clear from the start so I would have been okay with not getting a POV from the beginning, but I still hoped for one later on in the novel.

Other than that, I didn’t really connect with the characters. I didn’t dislike them by any means, but I definitely didn’t like them either. I liked that they were diverse, but other than that, they were quite forgettable. I noticed how disconnected I was from them probably halfway through the novel when I realized that I really didn’t care if the characters ended up alive or dead.

Bottom Line: This novel was very underwhelming in my opinion. If some aspects of the book had been changed or expanded upon, I feel like the story could have been greatly improved.


1.5 stars

7 thoughts on “Mini Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

  1. Reg | She Latitude says:

    I’m really sad to hear that you didn’t like this book! I was SUPER excited about it as well but when I acquired a copy and started reading, the first few pages just felt very dry to me so I dropped it and haven’t felt an urge to pick it back up again. I agree that not having the shooter’s POV is a HUGE lost opportunity. :/


    • Brooke's Books says:

      Yeah, I didn’t enjoy the first few pages either! I wanted to give the book a chance but now I’m thinking I could have saved a lot of time and disappointment by not reading it at all. Did you end up finishing it?


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