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352 pages, Hardcover
First published August 18, 2015
This book was unlike anything I have ever read in my life! I absolutely loved it. There wasn't magic or hot fae men or epic battles (well not the kind with swords anyway) but there didn't need to be. There was such a unique relationship between the M.C., Ror, and her art that the relationship took center stage and filled up the whole book.
Into The Dangerous World follows the tale of a young girl named Aurora, Ror for short. She has been raised on a commune and after her father decides to burn her house to the ground, with him inside, she and her mother and sister must begin again in New York City. They also must take part in the very system that they were trying to avoid in the first place.
Ror has been in the seclusion of her Staten Island farm her whole life but she has always loved art. When she moves to the big city a whole new form of expression is introduced to her through graffiti. The setting of the urban jungle is so unique not for the place itself but for the time that it took place. People were angry at the government. They felt Reagan didn't care and set up systems to keep the poor man poor and the rich man richer. This was a pivotal time in the city as kids were looking to express themselves and many found that outlet through graffiti. If you can't afford a canvas or supplies you make the world your canvas. Ror's introduction to graf was so amazing. She felt things so fully that it was tangible.
The main struggle of the book was really Ror's ability to except a form of art that her father had always told her was wrong just as she must live a life style she always was told she shouldn't. Ror's father wouldn't take handouts from anyone yet, he left his family in a position where they had to do exactly that. The art that is in this book is so fitting. Its a bit disturbing yet beautiful at the dame time. It really accentuates the book. i put together a small slideshow of a few of my favorites since there was no way I could choose just one.
This book was such an unexpected treasure. it is sure to please art lovers and non-art lovers alike. It is the perfect coming of age tale of finding your way in the dangerous world.