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3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Zed is having a bad day. She s 12 and there s someone around who s killing kids, which she doesn t have time for. Already today, she s knifed a rapist, traded with half the drunks and addicts in town, talked to the dead, bargained with a sociopath, and extracted crucial information from a mental patient, and she hasn t even left the building. Welcome to The Tower, an urban ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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Feb 03, 2014 Odetoemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark and disturbing doesn't quite cover it. I loved the beginning, the middle needed to be a bit tighter, and the ending required an imagination stretch but overall I really, really liked this novel. Zed, the main character, is a tough and fierce young girl I won't forget soon and her fellow "Tower" dwellers range from pathetic to terrifyingly psychotic. Zed was a strange mix of haunting, bizarre, and callously funny. Wow...
Jun 17, 2011 Iamthez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disturbing, dystopia
To be completely honest, I think I picked this book solely on its title, but I've picked books for weirder reasons and never been disappointed.

The story covers a 12 year old girl named Zed with no real past or future, just the present, and she's more than okay with that. After all, where she lives, there's no point in planning for the future -- not when there's child killers about, gangs, rapists, druggies and other assorted folk. She makes a habit of being her own person, not loyal to anyone, b
Sherry Chiger
I wanted to like--no, love--this book. The subject matter--a 12-year-old surviving in a not-so-far-fretched dystopian--is exciting and potentially unnerving; much of the writing is tersely evocative and dryly humorous. But there's something self-indulgent about many of the writer's choices, from plotting to description to character development.

Take the title character, Zed. Tough, orphaned, living by her wits, Zed has numerous predecessors in literature (Pippi Longstocking, Dido Twite, and Deeni
Feb 10, 2008 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a dark, dark book in a very surreal way. It manages to simultaneously mess with your head and make you laugh. A dystopian Christ story? It's not for the faint of heart but it will stay with you. Did I mention it's dark?
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