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Jessica, The Hertfordshire and Essex High School


Release is story about finding yourself and realising who you are. The main character- Adam- starts off confused and conflicted between being who he wants to be and being who his parents want him to be. He is also conflicted about who he loves. Adam is gay (not a spoiler- it says so very early in the book) and he is torn between a boy he used to be with and who is leaving soon, and the boy he is with now who loves him back. The story is about Adam's conflicting emotions and other problems that he faces with friendship, family issues, and issues with his job- or more precisely his boss.

Patrick Ness captures Adam's emotions so effectively that they are so believable and so realistic. His confusion can be heartbreaking at times, as he gets so torn between people and emotions that it is almost like he wants to break in two. His character has a solid foundation though, and there are certain characteristics of him that Patrick Ness weaves so brilliantly into the plot that he feels like a solid person.

This book is interesting, because alongside the main story about Adam, there is a side story of the spirit of a girl who was recently murdered. She travels through the same town that Adam lives in, wreaking havoc. Her story is a different, supernatural version of Adam's, as she is trying to find out who she is and where she belongs. Her and Adam both reach a point in the story where they have to choose to forgive- gave to choose a path to go down- and as they reach that same point at the same time it is as if their lives intertwine. There are points in the book where their story does coerce, which brings the whole book together and makes everything make sense.

Overall, Release is a brilliant book, that definitely has a high chance of winning the Carnegie award. It lives up to my own expectations of Patrick Ness, who's other books are so incredible that it is no surprise he keeps on getting shortlisted on Carnegie. Release deserves to be on the shortlist, and I would recommend that you read it.

Posted on: 22nd March 2018 at 06:17 pm

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