Friday, March 20, 2015

Book review - The Walls Around Us

Title: The Walls Around Us
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Genre: horror/magical realism
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pretty eye opening; great for discussion

Summary: All of Violet's dreams are about to come true. In just a matter of weeks she will leave for Julliard. Before she leaves she must confront a part of her past with a trip to Aurora Hills Secure Juvenile Detention Center where her best friend Oriana was imprisoned. The place where Oriana died. This is also the story of Amber, a long term inmate at the Center and Oriana's cellmate. These two stories weave together to tell teh tale of Oriana's life and death.

My Opinion: This is the third book I've read by Nova Ren Suma and the one that works the best for me. The first two (Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone) hooked me right away but sort of fell apart towards the end. This book started slower but really stuck the ending. The tone is more consistent as are the supernatural elements. There's also this fantastic exploration of guilt, innocence, and perception that would make for excellent discussion in a book club or other group.

More Information: The Walls Around Us releases March 24.
Advance Reader Copy provided by NetGalley

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