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Evie, Glossopdale School


Release is a unique novel written by Patrick Ness. Similar to another one of Ness' books "The Rest of Us Just Live Here", there are two stories being told at the same time which join together at the end. I really enjoyed the main story about Adam and what happens throughout one of the hardest days of his life but I didn't enjoy the supernatural story being told simultaneously.

I found it very interesting that the book's inspiration came the author's own experience of growing up gay in a highly religious family. Adam was a funny and likeable character. He is kind and caring but can also stand his ground when faced with challenges and difficult choices.

The other plot was about the spirit of a girl named Katherine who had been murdered. The chapters alternated between Adam's story and Katherine's story. I was much more interested in what was happening to Adam than to Katherine and occasionally I became bored and just wanted to get back to the main story.

An aspect of "Release" that I liked was that the entire story was set over one day. I liked this because it was original and not a lot of books do that.

I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it didn't keep me consistently engaged. I would say this novel is suitable for people over the age of 13 because it has some mature themes.

Posted on: 20th April 2018 at 12:23 pm

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