I KNOW I didn’t post a single thing in September. I’ve been BUSY, y’all…not with writing obviously, but with other stuff. I did cool stuff in September too like meet Sarah J Maas! …but I just wasn’t feeling writing.
Either way, it’s been a weird few months, but I’m planning to have a full October including two blog tour stops that I’m excited about.
So…let’s get October started even though it’s 6 days in.
The #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.
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.
#1 Young Adult Debut of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List
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I hate to write a negative review. I really, really do.
That said, I couldn’t finish this.
I did try really hard to finish, but it just didn’t happen for me.
Let me begin by saying that I usually am all over a book with multiple points of view. For some reason I find them more interesting.
This book though….maybe it was just me, but I couldn’t connect to any of these characters. It’s awful to even say, but I wasn’t concerned about how it would end to know what happened with these characters. (I’m not terrible- I didn’t want them to get shot! I just didn’t care to keep reading and find out.)
Further- the timeline. The present story takes place over 54 minutes. That’s great and would be a neat concept if we didn’t need SO MUCH BACKSTORY.
I’m normally one that likes the story built up, but this time made the story drag on and on for me- maybe because there were 4 stories to focus on.
This is just not a book that I would overall recommend…and I was excited for it!
I’m sure lots of people would enjoy it, and I heard good things about it prior to its release, but it just wasn’t for me.