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Kiera, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Long Way Down

"Long Way Down" is an intense, thought-provoking read that tells the story of a boy (Will) setting out to avenge his brother's murder, following the rules that have been drilled into him - no crying, no snitching, get revenge. During the 60 seconds it takes for him to get down to the lobby in the lift, he starts to question the rules as ghosts from his past enter at each floor. It is the first novel I've read that's written in free verse, and I thought the style and spacing added to the pace, flow and impact of the story. Though it was relatively short and all from Will's point of view, each of the characters were interesting and clearly portrayed. I particularly liked the setting of a lift - it was original, fitted well with the storyline and never felt unrealistic or unnecessary. The ending of the book is one of the best I have ever read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a deep, thought-provoking read.

Posted on: 31st March 2019 at 07:12 pm

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