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.
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.
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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. Visit her at mariekenijkamp.com.
The author throws us right into the action and it doesn't stop until the end. This book is set up with each chapter being different character. We follow these characters through the shooting event that takes place at their high school. A couple characters are throw into the mix by means of blog posts and tweets on Twitter. All the characters are intertwined in some way with each other, ex boyfriend, brother, sister, friends, girlfriend, teacher etc. We see these horrible events taking place more often then they really should be. I could feel the tension, the fear within the characters as the event takes place.
The book is mainly the one story plot "school shooting" but the author does flash backs with the characters so we get to learn more about each of them and how they are connected. What they are thinking about as they are in the final seconds of what could be the end of their lives.
I give this book a 4.5 stars out of 5. I couldn't put this book down. I just needed to find out more about the characters and what would happen in the end. I do believe that the author could have given more background into the teens lives and then lead into the event. The character could have also been more in depth to have more feelings towards each. The story is fast paced and over before you know it. Keeps your heart pumping and at the end of your seat.
~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*~