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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,961 ratings  ·  550 reviews

A LOADED GUN. STOLEN GOLD. And a menacing stranger. A taut frontier survivor story, set at the time of the Alaska gold rush.

In an isolated cabin, fourteen-year-old Sig is alone with a corpse: his father, who has fallen through the ice and frozen to death only hours earlier. Then comes a stranger claiming that Sig’s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold. Sig
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Roaring Brook Press (first published July 16th 2009)
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Feb 20, 2011 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Jack London
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Revolver is a 2011 Printz Honor winner and yet, only 276 people on Goodreads have read it. After reading this book, I understand why.

This a beautifully written YA novel, but I have no idea who would be its audience. Boys will not read it because there is no magic or action, girls - because there is no romance or high school drama.

Revolver is set in 1910th Antarctic wilderness. 14-year old Sig just found his father's dead body. He froze to death after falling under ice
Emily May

This is a short, simple and powerful story that I sat down to sample and ended up finishing in no time at all. Revolver is the second book I've read by Marcus Sedgwick - the other being Midwinterblood - and I have to say that both his novels have managed to impress and surprise me.

If I'm being honest, they just never really sounded that appealing to me, despite the fact that I've been told by numerous people to give his books a try. This story is about Sig and his family who live in the arctic
Neil(ed) it!
“You know, I understand it now. There's always a third choice in life. Even if you're stuck between two impossible choices, there's always a third way. You just have to look for it.”

I didn't get wrong with Marcus Sedgwick.

Revolver is my first book from him and definitely will never be the last. I am actually on the go to read his other works as soon as possible.

Gripping, intelligent and compelling, Revolver shared to me the experience of being held captive with a dead body; and to think or dec
I really, really wanted to like this book. I used to read Jack London like it was my job, so this whole "child trapped in the Arctic with the dead body of his father and a mystery surrounding gooooold" sounded awesome. And you know I have to love anything even vaguely Swedish. (Hej y'all!) Plus, this almost won the Printz!

Unfortunately, I had an issue with kind of the main crux of the story, hence the low rating.

So, Sig is trapped in the wilderness with a crazy wild bear-man of a killer. There's
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Wow. It's pretty crazy how fast I devoured this book. I liked that it wasn't annoyingly long, cliché or sugar-coated. Sure, the writing is more on the simple side, but in this case, it fit with the book like a glove.

But wait: guns, no romance, a slightly childish protagonist, simplistic writing, and a predictable plot. Pshaw! Well I’d probably narrow my eyes and be prone to pass this book up in a heartbeat.

But surprisingly, I found myself rather loving it.

You have our protagonist, Sig. He absol
“A single splutter of flame catches as the match head ignites, lying on the ice. It burns halfway down the wooden stalk of the match, and all Einar can do is watch it burn for a second, and then die.
An hour later, and he’s dead too.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Post- Epilogue.

High Points.
I absolutely fell in love with Sedgwick’s writing style- it was haunting, shocking, beautiful and always gave me the sense that I was walking on dangerous ground (almost like a
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

It never gets old and it never ceases to fascinate me how reading can be a completely unpredictable act. How books are still able to surprise me even when I have the highest expectations. Take Revolver, for example. It has garnered the highest of praises (starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly to name only but two), nominations for many awards (including the Carnegie Medal) and this year it became a Printz Honor book. It comes as no surprise
Paige  Bookdragon
Jun 11, 2015 Paige Bookdragon marked it as to-read
Recommended to Paige by: Neil(ed) it!
Because Neil's review is intriguing..
Jason Slovak
I won this book through the Goodreads First-Reads giveaway. So, a big "thank you" to both Goodreads and the publisher for this book.

This is a fast paced tale of survival that will have you turning page after page to find out what happens next. I finished this book in 1 day (something I don't accomplish very often).

15 year old Sig Andersson is alone in his family's cabin with the body of his father who had tragically died earlier that same day when a mysterious and dangerous looking stranger come
It is 1910. Thirteen year old Sig lives with his sister, father and stepmother in an isolated cabin in the frozen clutches of the Arctic circle. They are extremely poor and have very little in the way of possessions, but in the pantry, in a wooden box, is a Colt Forty-four forty revolver.

The book opens with Sig's father's dead body lying on the cabin table. Sig has been left alone with his father's corpse while his sister and stepmother travel the six mile distance into town to get help. There i
Above the Artic Circle, where Sig and his family have lived for over a decade, survival isn't easy. After his father falls through thin ice and freezes to death, 15-year-old Sig waits at home with the body while his stepmother and sister go to the nearby town to get help.

While waiting for their return, he gets an unexpected visitor named Wolff - a giant of a man with a gun and a merciless personality. Wolff says that Sig's father stole a fortune gold from him, and demands that Sig return what i
Sarah BT
About the Book: It's 1910 and Einar and his family are living in a small cabin in the Arctic Circle. Sig has just discovered that his fathers sled fell through the ice when trying to cross. Now Sig waits alone in the cabin with his fathers corpse, waiting for help to arrive. A stranger appears at the door, demanding that Sig give him his share the gold Einar had stolen from him. Sig knows nothing of the gold and must find a way to escape the strange man and save himself.

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Emily Shepard
Award-Winning YA
"Even the dead tell stories.." Revolver tells the tale of a 14 year old boy, Sig Andersson, who is faced with a very difficult decision. Pulling the trigger of his fathers colt revolver or listening to his mothers advice of letting faith and love win. The Andersson family, Sig's father, sister and step-mother, live in the Arctic at the turn of the 20th century, isolated in a cabin with only dogs and a sleigh for transportation. Waiting alone for his father to come ho
A. C. Hollow
I've learned one thing from reading: wait until the end to state your criticisms. I'm new to reading large volumes of literature quickly (one or two books a week), and I use Goodreads as a sort of checklist; I really like this website for that. So while I'm reading, I typically have a star rating in my brain for the book. Almost every time I've finished a book, I've given it one more star than I first intended.

This is what happened with Revolver. I never though I'd like youth fiction that much,
Georgia (The Bibliomaniac Book Blog)
Goodreads synopsis: 1910. A cabin north of the Arctic Circle. Fifteen-year-old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day after falling through a weak spot on the ice-covered lake. His sister, Anna, and step-mother, Nadya, have gone to the local town for help. Then comes a knock at the door. It's a man, the flash of a revolver's butt at his hip, and a mean glare in his eyes. Sig has never seen him before but Wolff claims to have unfinished busin ...more
Clara van Wel
‘REVOLVER’, BY MARCUS SEDGWICK is a book about the third option. It is about being merciful and logical. It is about being religious and practical. It is about growing up. I found this book a beautiful coming-of-age story about a boy trying to decide who he was and what to do with it. Marcus Sedgwick once again enchants us with beautiful language, heartbreaking suspense, and hidden messages that, if acknowledged, can change the way you see the world. Three key things made this book the astoundin ...more
Interesting book about choices and what may influence the ones we make. This is a quick read. It is at times suspenseful, but even when it isn't there are enough questions to keep the reader interested. I read it mostly in a single sitting. This is a book that boys who are reluctant readers may enjoy. Sig is alone with his father's dead body in his family's remote, small cabin across a frozen lake from a mining town, north of the Arctic circle. While he waits for his sister and his stepmother to ...more
This was an incredibly fast and interesting read. The writing was absolutely stunning, and engrossing. As simple as the story was the imagery was fantastic. I really felt like I was there, in the story. It was great.

"There's always a third choice in life. Even if you think you're stuck between two impossible choices, there's always a third way. You have to look for it." pg.199

For Young Adults:
A taut, tightly written story, set in Nome Alaska (late 1800's) and Giron Finland (1910). In the opening scene, teenager Sigfried discovers his father's frozen body, half-emerged in a wintry lake in northern Finland; Sig hauls Einar's corpse back to the family's crude cabin. In short chapters, the reader learns of the family's past in Gold Rush country in Alaska. As Sig struggles to decide what to do with his father's body, a giant stranger enters the cabin, demanding payment, a
I absolutely adored this book. Sedgewick’s writing style is beautifully descriptive yet simplistic in its construction and the story itself is unbelievably engaging and well researched.

A very easy read but due to the content I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to younger readers as there is quite a high level of violence within the pages.

The story revolves (eh, pun unintended) around the death of our protagonist’s (Sig) father, a dodgy dealing his father had made ten years previously, and the
Jul 13, 2011 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Susan by: Printz honor book list
Bang! This little book shoots straight. Set in the Arctic in 1910 and gold rush fever, the novel tells a simple but powerful tale of Sig who finds his frozen father's body in the ice near their cabin and the moral quanderies that follow. While his sister Anna and stepmother, Nadya seek help, a tall burly stranger appears at the door demanding to be given what Sig's father had promised him many years before. The wolf-like man is obviously dangerous and Sig has to use his knowledge of the Colt 45 ...more
Hmmm...I think perhaps it was originally a short(er) story but with all the unnecessary fluctuation in chronology, it was stretched to a novel length. Still, fairly interesting and readable. Not sure quite how sympathetic I really felt towards Sig (Siegfried--hero) as, despite the book spending most of its time with him, I didn't get a really good feel for his character. Yes, he was brave and clever.

Also, this is one book that would have absolutely benefited with the addition of end-paper or po
Marcus Sedgwick is definitely one of the most underrated authors. I love how he weaves his stories.
The writing, story and characterisation is as lean, clean and sharp as the Arctic air where the story is set. A meditation on family, violence and history hidden in a gripping coming of age story, with just a hint of fable about it.
Laurie Thurston
A tightly written, suspense gem of a novel. With a unique setting -- the gold rush in the Arctic Circle -- this 2011 Printz Honor book is definitely worth your time.
A single dramatic scene dragged out over 200 pages. In 1910, Sig discovers his father frozen on the ice near his cabin in the far north. Then a threatening stranger invades his home, demanding his half of a fortune Sig is sure his father never had. The chapters go back and forth between Sig and his father's memories, which is disconcerting when the father is dead, and when the past events don't seem to have anything to do with what's happening with Sig and the stranger until the very end. I thin ...more
Given Sedgwick's skill with atmosphere in fiction, coming across a book by him that centres on a revolver and an isolated homestead in the Arctic circle was a moment of joy.

Unfortunately, this book is something of a failure; it should really be tense and atmospheric; pregnant with potential violence and full of mystery but somehow it fails to deliver any of that, or much atmosphere, until very near the end, which is at least quite good.

I am left wondering what Jack London would have made of the
Kat Heckenbach
This isn't my usual kind of read. Yes, I read a lot of YA, but it's normally speculative and this is historical and more on the literary end. I went in a little unsure of what to expect and ended up pleasantly surprised.

The story is very dark, which I do like, and was a pretty quick read. I also thought the structure worked really well, going back and forth between the two timelines. I found myself very caught up in the story most of the time.

Anyway, I'm glad I gave it a try and am planning on p
This was an interesting tale of a single event in a boy's life and the events that precipitated it. Sig and his family have lived in the arctic for as long as he can remember. His story takes place on the day he finds his father frozen on the lake and then finds his home invaded by a violent stranger who claims to have had a deal with Sig's father. Sig has to figure out the best path to take to save himself and his family. Should he shoot the stranger, or is the peaceful path his mother always u ...more
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more
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