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Toby, Impington Village College


Beck, a book of suspense, disgusting details and a general depressing tone through out (until the end).

A book that will disturb the weak-hearted, it really could have left some of its scenes out and talked about them later. But no, Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff included the gory details. Even the first page was inappropriate for younger readers.

This book looks at life as a colored orphan boy in the 1950's. When Ignitus Beck (who only answers to Beck) is sent to Canada to be re-homed, he finds himself on a journey filled with sorrow and rather interesting scenarios.

Despite the book's good story line, I was let down by the common occurrence of scenes that were just not what I wanted to be reading before bed. Or at any time of the day at all. Why this got selected for the Carnegie list at all is beyond me.

Ignoring all the disgusting parts (which is a very large section), this book is ok. I was disappointed by the ending, it was quickly drawn up like a low-budget film being rushed to the end by the company CEO's who were looking for a quick profit.

However there where medium chunks that where interesting and were fun to read (towards later on in the novel) as well as the accents included in being quite enjoyable to read as it was something new for me. These scarce bits of enjoyment kept me reading the entire novel. The second half of the book however has more of these moments than the first.

Overall, Beck is a 'interesting' book that if you are squeamish then you might want to think twice before reading. I would recommend for people over 18 as I thought the 16 rating was insufficient.

Posted on: 22nd May 2017 at 08:51 pm

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