Author: Patrick Ness
Published in English: 2017
Dansk titel: Release
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: July 2020
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT & Contemporary
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
It’s Saturday, it’s summer and, although he doesn’t know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn’s life is going to fall apart. Relationships will change, he’ll change, but maybe, just maybe, he’ll find freedom in the release.
Time is running out though, because way across town a ghost as risen from the lake. Searching, yearning, she leaves a trail of destruction in her wake
Two stories in one. Multiple viewpoints and alternating chapters. Eh… Not even sure where to begin. One of the stories wasn’t even worth reading and the main story about Adam, was meh.
Ness is one of those authors who never writes two books that are remotely similar to each other or any other book out there on the marked. It’s all so different and somewhere along the line, you’re bound to like at least one of his works, due to their dissimilarities.
When mentioning that it felt like there were two books in one. It’s because how the story alternates between a day in the life of our main character Adam Thorn and some odd kind of magical realism ghost story about a faun and a queen (I swear to God if I hear “My Queen” one more time…) which apparently has something to do with the death of some character. Not sure, what was going on there to be honest.
Adam as a character was different and powerful, hard-hitting, beautiful and sad; the book however, was destroyed by that coldness from the other experimental part of the book. If you don’t fancy weird, but still want to read a story that’s powerful, read the sections about Adam and his life skip the rest.