I felt that this book was very strong in some areas yet very weak in others. The sentence structure was very loose and flowing, giving the novel an almost otherworldly feel that kept the reader entranced and on the edge of their seat. However, I felt that the main focus jumped around too much, leaving me confused. Descriptive language was also awfully hard to come by, which can give some readers a hard time visualizing characters. There were also quite a few themes that I felt were a little disturbing that were, theoretically, “glossed over”. One example of this would be the dynamics of Billy and Sara’s relationship. At some points, I felt like their relationship was both physically and emotionally abusive, yet the author somehow tried to justify it by writing behind the façade of righteous activism or honorable reason. I feel like this book would be a great read for the right person, but I am afraid that that right person wasn’t me.
“They weren’t coming for her. They couldn’t be. But those power washers, those jogging men, had come for her, as had that frozen figure on the stairs, and the ashen men looking up at her with stones for eyes in the vacant lot."
I would recommend this book for mature readers. There are varying themes of graphic violence, along with pretty extreme profanity and sexual situations. As mentioned above, there were also some parts that could be seen as abuse, acting as a “trigger” for some readers.
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