The Walls Around Us

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Thanks to Algonquin for the free paperback of The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma! The story is confusing at first and bounces back between two people and this made me unsure of the names for a bit. Little by little, the text became clearer. Amber’s story makes sense because she’s the only one narrating for several chapters in a row and on page 50, the story becomes supernatural when Amber sees a face she doesn’t recognize. Violet or Vee talks about Ori and hints of some of the bad things Ori has done. Of course, Vee’s perspective is one sided. On page 108, the momentum picks up and makes the story more interesting. The lines blur between alive and no longer living. I had a difficult time telling if the story was going from past to present or linear/parallel. I feel for the characters and I can relate to Ori and the kindness she shows others; while Vee is cold, calculating and unfeeling. The story strongly interprets the insecure and lost feeling that many prisoners must feel, especially if their crime was justified due to self-defense. A very interesting read that takes patience to stick with!

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