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Shell Paperback – December 8, 2015
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
About the Author
Chris Gill spent time growing up in both England and New Zealand, studied journalism at university in Hampshire and worked as a copywriter in London. He has released both a book of poetry and a memoir through his co-founded publishing company, PRNTD, and contributed articles to websites and magazines around the world. He now lives in Sydney, Australia.
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Red, our protagonist, is a woman who, in real life, few would probably get along with, and that’s just the way she likes it. This is not to say she is “unlikeable,” but rather, Chris has shaped her to be an individual, not the reader’s avatar. Her strong will and free-thinking mind become a double-edged sword: You like her because she doesn’t take any crap from anyone, but she also pushes good people away. Her unyielding desire to uncover the truth is the driving force that sets off novel.
Those with a taste for conspiracy theories, multiple points of view, prose that highlight concepts and topical points, and of course, fiery women with a penchant for leather jackets, should definitely check out Shell: a breath of fresh air in the dystopian genre!
The setting of The Shell is a dreary dystopia depicted well by the author though poetic vocabulary that builds strong visuals you’ll never forget. Red is a character you’ll either start off loving or hating, but she definitely keeps your attention throughout the story and is a fun protagonist who I quickly grew fond of. The story is broken up with memories of her old life, with dream-like prose that gives you a connection to Red as you learn what she’s been through.
When she has some setbacks in her life in The Shell, you’re right by her side as she attempts to escape to what is known as the Old World. Her close-knit group of friends follow suit not knowing whether she is dead or alive, and what they will find in the world outside The Shell. I won’t give anything away but once you get to the second part of the book you won’t be able to put it down; twist after twist follows.
The author plays with clichés in the genre and turns them on their head by giving you something that you would never expect, but will certainly love. I can’t recommend this book enough, it’s not the longest read and you’ll be left wanting more but whatever you do: get your hands on a copy!