Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Pages: 292 pages
Published: January 5, 2016
Attending the same high school for four years, each day can blend into the next. But a single event has the potential to change make sure that nothing is the same again. When a lone gunman enters Opportunity High School (clever name) and locks everyone with him in the auditorium lives are changed forever
Told through the perspectives of four students; Autumn, Claire, Sylv, and Tomas, their stories although separate overlap onto each other. The relationships between the characters begin to be known as the novel progresses. How the characters interact and know each other before the shooting occurs and while they are in the school shape the outcome of the events.
Within the individual perspectives of the characters the novel is also divided into time, giving a minute-by-minute account of what is happening to each character although they may be in different parts of the school. Knowing the time frame of how long certain events happen makes the concept of time to feel simultaneously long and short. With single moments seemingly dragging on while others go by in an instant, unable to be undone.
School shootings are not an uncommon occurrence, so the variety of books dealing with the subject is reflective of that. This book deals with the topic with the serious tone that is appropriate and also with a very realistic outcome, almost too realistic. The harsh reality that this book portrays is very difficult to read and to accept.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “You can’t always keep your loved ones with you. You can’t always settle your life in one place. The world was made to change. But as long as you cherish the memories and make new ones along on the way, no matter where you are, you’ll always be at home.” – Sylv