The #1 New York Times Bestseller!Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.10:00 a.m.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.10:02 a.m.The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03The auditorium doors won't open.10:05Someone 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. A Buzzfeed Best YA of 2016 #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Bestseller Winter '15 Kids Indie Next ListGoodreads YA Best Books of the MonthBuzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January Bustle.com 18 of 2016's Most-Anticipated YA NovelsBookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down NowA Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction
This amazing tale takes place during every students worst nightmare - a school shooting. Students and teachers alike panic as they go to leave the auditorium to discover the doors are locked from the outside. Panicking they try to get out and then they hear it - gunshots. And finally they see the person they are most afraid of. A regular student (seemingly) holding a gun, demanding to "finally be heard". Come on a journey full of emotion, entraced with loss and fear as these students fight to stay alive. This book had me on the edge of my seat and in a puddle of tears by the end of it. It's stories like this that make you hold your loved ones closer and not want to let go. - Renee (QBD)
Follow the lives of four students as each one struggles with survival and loss, stemming from the terror that strike Opportunity High. While reading this novel I was overcome with the need to know what happened next- I couldn't put it down! I was drawn into the chaos, as I hoped for each character to find safety and escape the situation that is an unfortunate reality for many students in America - Ruby (QBD)
The 54 minutes that this books takes place over will have you on the edge of your seat, sometimes screaming at the book to know what happens. Told in four different points of view that all come around to tie together at the end, if you want well written and suspenseful this book is for you. - Jordanna (QBD)
"We are not better because we survived. We are not brighter or more deserving. We are not stronger. But we are here. We are here and this day will never leave us. Nor should it. We will remember the wounded. We will remember the lost."
Told from the perspectives of four high school kids caught up in a school shooting, this book is a fascinating read.
It takes only 54 minutes for the shooter to absolutely destroy not only the lives of those trapped in the school, but the community around it.
At first I found that the storyline lacked the fear I had anticipated, but the more I read, the more fear I felt. I sympathised with those trapped, with those who tried to escape and with those who could only stand on the sidelines and listen to the terror from within.
Interrupted with memories, each character has a chance to tell their story, and explain how they are connected to the shooter, and just how they try to stop him.
Filled with sacrifice, love and friendship, this book reminds us that in times of terror, we need to stick together.
When you read this, don't forget your tissues as you will definitely cry your heart out! - Jacqueline (QBD)