Release by Patrick Ness follows a day in the life of Adam Thorn, a gay boy born into an extremely religious family, as he searches for the freedom of release while his life as he knows it crumbles around him. While tackling real life issues, the book also contains a fantasy subplot following Sarah and the mysterious Queen.
Personally, I thought the fantasy subplot was rather useless and confusing. Often, I was irritated when I turned the page to see that instead of following Adam I was stuck with Sarah. This massively decreased my enjoyment and the flow of the book; the flow was already quite fragmented due to the abundance of memories and flashbacks included. The cause of this was most likely due to having the book set over one day. The conclusion of the book was also quite disappointing due to the two plots joining together in a manner that did not make a lot of sense. One was set in real life while the other was fantasy but the connection between them was badly handled. In my opinion, I would have preferred cutting out the entire fantasy aspect all together as I feel it would have improved the novel drastically.
My favorite part of this novel was the characters and the relationships between them. A particular favourite of mine was the friendship between Angela and Adam. It is not often that you find such a well developed and beautiful relationship between friends. The last lines of dialogue they shared were really well done and served as a brilliant ending to the realistic part of the novel. No matter what else might be happening, Adam still had people who watched his back and whose backs he watched.
This book is definitely 12+ and, although I would recommend Patrick Ness as an author, I wouldn't recommend Release to an of my friends. I will not read it again.
Posted on: 18th April 2018 at 09:50 pm
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