Friday, September 25, 2015

Book review - I Crawl Through It

Title: I Crawl Through It
Author: A.S. King
Genre: magical realism/surrealism
Similar books: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
                     The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgewick
so very odd

Summary: Meet four teens who are barely coping with the stress and pain in their lives. Stanzi feels like two people. She wears her lab coat all of the time and dissects frogs daily. Gustav is building an invisible helicopter so he can fly somewhere his genius will be appreciated. China has swallowed herself. The only voice she has is her poems. After all, it is difficult for a stomach or a tongue to speak. Lansdale lies constantly causing her hair to grow, sometimes feet every day. Is there any way for them to make it through testing, bomb threats, and interactions with their distant parents?

My opinion: Seriously, guys, this is one weird read. Don't get me wrong; King pulls it off. The last few chapters make the previous 300 pages of weirdness completely worthwhile. Just know that it is a long, strange road and that weirdness is likely to be too much for many readers.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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