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Pale by Chris Wooding
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Nov 15, 2011

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Pale is a dystopian novel about a world where dying does not necessarily has to mean the end of one's life, but as always in these type of settings the cure (aptly titled Lazarus Serum) comes with unwanted side effects.

Instead of focusing on the Serum and providing the reader with information as to how it effects (or doesn't effect) the body this book focuses on friendship and bullying and ticks all the age appropriate boxes (in other words, when you're a big bully karma will come and bite you in the ass).

While the bully storyline is the book's biggest asset, the lack of explanations because of this is also its major flaw. It leaves the reader with a lot of questions, for instance how is it that the heart of a Pale doesn't beat anymore, yet they still feel cold/warmth and can bleed (to death, perhaps)? A little more thought put into this would've easily made this a 4 star novel.
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