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The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp
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Jun 30, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2012, young-adult-novels
Read from June 27 to 29, 2012

Frighteningly effective, The Children and the Wolves pushes the young adult tag probably as far as it can go, and the unapologetically coarse language is the least of it. Alternating viewpoints among the three captors and the little girl they've abducted, the novel's only misstep (which is also the thing that gives it any humanity at all) is focusing its attention on Wiggins, when the most fascinating character is Bounce. She disappears with about a third to go, and her lost presence weighs on the rest of the book. What we're left with, however, is more unsettling than all the other dystopian nonsense glutting the YA market these days.
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