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 from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
Oh, this book was so fantastic! It does deal with a difficult issue-school shootings, but it focuses on these characters who are connected to the shooter, and those that are connected to them, like the shooter's sister, and her girlfriend, and her brother. I really liked the focus on the characters!
This book was very fast paced. Each chapter covered about 2 minutes, from the various character's POV's. So we saw a broad view of what was going on which worked out well! Plus the majority of the book took place in about an hours time. Not a lot of time for the amount of damage that occurred.
Each POV character was important in 2 different ways-how they were connected to the shooter, and where they were. Like the shooter's ex-girlfriend, who was outside at the time of the shooting, so we could see what was happening there.
We were told in bits and pieces what his life was like, and combined with what he was saying gave the reasons why he was going this. But others go through hard things, too and don't become school shooters, so there's no excuse. I wish we'd had less focus on his reasonings, though.
This book was really incredible, and I really enjoyed reading it!
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Read: June 13th, 2018
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a SAC 2018 Book!
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: January 5th 2016