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Katie S., Marshland Readers


Unlike many of Patrick Ness' other books (such as More Than This), 'Release' is a dual narrative of two characters: Adam and Katie. This book particularly enticed me as it is based around one day, that is described in thorough detail. Both Adam and Katie are faced with challenges, many of which are adult themes, all linking to each other in one way or another. Ness used a lot of foreshadowing, which I enjoyed, as it created a sort of mystery where all of the hints solve the conundrum. Adam had a very clear character, that is easy to separate from others within the story. On the other hand, I believe that, despite various descriptions, the author had poorly presented Katie's character, as after many sections, I was left confused and unable to distinguish her. I do, however, find that the adult themes within this book, such as sexuality, are well represented, as they shine a new light and perspective on the narrative. The climax is very well executed, but I found the resolution to be disappointing. It felt as if the ending was rushed, going from extremely descriptive to, what seemed to be, vague and unexplained. Overall, this book was entertaining, most of the time, and I would recommend this to older audiences, due to the maturity needed for a full understanding.

Posted on: 15th April 2018 at 01:02 pm

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