In Silent Alarm you get a firsthand account on what it would be like if there was a school shooting. The twist with this one is that the one who did the shooting was your older brother. Alys has to deal with the after math of her brother killing 15 people and then himself at their high school. From finding out who your true friends are and finding love in the weirdest place, this book takes you for a ride. This book was definitely a dark read.
This story is very character based. So don't think you’re going to get a large plot. The story centers around Alys' life after the shooting took place dealing with family matters of grief over what her brother did as well as dealing with his death. Alys goes through a ton of issues and finds that everyone has turned their backs on her. It was a very emotional story that everyone should read.
That being said I was very unhappy with the way that the book ended. I was hoping to get a clear reason why her brother did what he did. But I guess in truth it really worked out for this book. Since when the person who did the deed is gone. That is unless they have left a message. Still you never really know why they did it. This is a sensational novel that makes the situation feel very real and very scary.
This story kind of makes me not want to send my daughter to school at all.
Alys’s whole world was comprised of the history project that was due, her upcoming violin audition, being held tightly in the arms of her boyfriend, Ben, and laughing with her best friend, Delilah. At least it was—until she found herself on the wrong end of a shotgun in the school library. Her suburban high school had become one of those places you hear about on the news—a place where some disaffected youth decided to end it all and take as many of his teachers and classmates with him as he could. Except, in this story, that youth was Alys’s own brother, Luke. He killed fifteen others and himself, but spared her—though she’ll never know why.
Alys’s downward spiral begins instantly, and there seems to be no bottom. A heartbreaking and beautifully told story.