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.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won't open.
Someone starts shooting.
This explosive, emotional, page-turning debut about a high school held hostage is told from the perspective of four teens—each with their own reason to fear the boy with the gun.
About the Author:
Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and is an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, the founder of DiversifYA, and a founding contributor to YA Misfits. She lives in the Netherlands.
I was captured by the book's cover so I read the description. This book is about a student who goes on a shooting spree in his high school. This story is told from the perspective of four student trapped in their school with reasons to fear the shooter. After reading that I had to read this book because how could an author write a book about a school shooting when we've had so many in recent history. From the first chapter I was hooked. This book is well crafted and full of suspension. The four main narrators were well written developed characters. They are diverse and better reflect the people in our reality now.
As I mentioned in the beginning I was worried about the story being about a student shooter. Thankfully instead of putting the attention on the shooter glorifying his actions, the story is really about why he would do this. The four main narrators spend the book thinking about what they did to the shooter that would make him shoot up the school. I found the fear and theme of benevolence in this story to be perfectly balanced. I just want everyone to understand that this book is not about a Happy Ending, so if that is what you look for in a book I would suggest another one. This is honestly a chilling thought provoking book. I wouldn't just recommend this book to young readers, but to everyone so that they can feel reconnected to humanity again. I enjoyed the emotional read and think many others will too!
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