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Haaniah, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Long Way Down

I was extremely excited to read "Long Way Down", as the concept of the story seemed thoroughly interesting. After Will's brother, Shawn is shot, Will is determined to follow "The Rules":

Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge.

As Will descends in the lift with Shawn's gun to kill his murderer, he begins to question what he’s about to do. Should he really try to get revenge, or is it just a never-ending cycle of death?

The use of poetry fits really well in the book – the use of rhythm matches the pace of the story. The setting in a lift is extremely unique and made the story exceptionally moving. The plot is built well and quickly develops. Events happen in a logical order as Will reconsiders "The Rules" and what he is about to do.

The plot and characters are very believable, however, the interactions between the characters in the lift did become slightly confusing. Will is revealed through the poems and his inner thoughts incredibly well which makes for a beautifully written novel. It is truly hard-hitting and realistic and doesn’t avoid the difficult issues, but instead tackles them. It is extremely thought-provoking and leaves the reader thinking about the issues.

I would recommend this book to both teenagers and adults alike because of its engagement with the reader, the suspense and the issues covered.

Posted on: 3rd June 2019 at 04:04 pm

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