Mrs Ellyard, Glossopdale School
I felt that 'Release' is indeed a very personal book for Patrick Ness. The writing is amazing and the tenderness of the relationships between Adam and Angela and also Adam and Linus is very well portrayed. The anger and frustration Adam feels about his family is also very well described and you can feel it as a reader.
The 'Coming of Age' theme is dominant in the novel, and I'm really not quite sure how the supernatural sub-plot added to the overall success of the novel. I found it quite perplexing.
Patrick Ness's use of language is phenomenal. He writes in a poetic way, and his dialogue is very realistic. Difficult conversations are easy to read because they sound genuine, plus some of the dialogue is very funny. He alludes to Judy Blume's book 'Forever' and comparisons have been made to this in other reviews of 'Release' I've read.
The sex scenes between Adam and his various boyfriends, as he tries to find out who he really is and be true to himself despite his very controlled upbringing, makes this a book most suitable for maturer readers who can see the message beyond them.
I like Adam. I could feel his pain. I like Angela too - she lifted the story-line out of the doldrums quite a bit. The murder of Katherine didn't really keep me interested. I couldn't hate Adam's family - they were all so human in their depiction that you could understand the whole scenario very well.
The entire story is very emotional. It takes place over a single day, using Adam's memories and thoughts as he goes about his tasks for the day. It makes the novel very compact. If you read action books or mysteries or thrillers normally, this one will test you and of course, open a a whole new genre of books for you to explore if you want to.
In my view as an adult reader, this one is definitely for older teenagers.
Posted on: 19th March 2018 at 09:41 am
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