27 May 2016

Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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. 


Source: NetGalley Request

5 Words: Not my cup of tea.

I had really been looking forward to this one. There was so much hype, I was seeing it everywhere, I'd heard good things...

But.

I knew it wasn't looking so good when I was ready to DNF by the second chapter. Up until then it was just dull and confusing. But then it picked up a little, started to get more interesting... And quickly trailed back to just dull and confusing.

I found the characters to be pretty one-dimensional. I couldn't even tell them apart, never mind connect with any of them.

It felt like the author had picked up a "make your book diverse" checklist and tried to tick every box. A story which could have been amazing and heart-breaking just didn't come together because so much was going on in so few pages. There was a lot of telling, very little showing and a one-voice-fits-all cast of characters. Shame.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy this book! I haven't read it yet, and I really wanted to, but now I'm not too sure. I'm find I get confused in books very easily (I know, it's bad, but I just do, okay?), so I'm slightly worried that I might find this one dull and boring, like you did. I'm not in any rush to pick it up anymore! <3

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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