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Real World by Natsuo Kirino
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Mar 06, 10

Read from March 01 to 05, 2010

This is the third of Natsuo Kirino's books that I've read, and again, although it failed to reach the heady heights of "Out", it definitely surpassed the last Kirino book I read ("Grotesque") and had me gripped to the end.

The novel focuses on a group of high school teenagers, one of whom commits a terrible crime and is then aided and abetted by the others in his bid to escape from the "real world". What makes the book compelling is the way in which Kirino dips into the heads of all the main characters, telling things from their perspective and never once offering any sort of objective viewpoint to what is going on. As the reader, you are left to judge for yourself who is most to blame for the series of tragedies that unfold and bring the story to its sombre finish.

Kirino once again excels at portraying a morbidly fascinating cast of characters, imparting the reader with her trademark sense of unease and discomfort for which she is renowned.
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