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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,717 ratings  ·  835 reviews
Razor-sharp, psychological thriller set in a snowy Arctic wilderness.

“They say that dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong. Even the dead tell stories.”

It's 1910. In a cabin north of the Arctic Circle, in a place murderously cold and desolate, Sig Andersson is alone. Except for the corpse of his father, frozen to death that morning when he fell through the ice on the
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 16th 2009 by Orion
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

What a fool I was, thinking that I rated my books depending on the story they delivered. If one novel can destroy this belief, it's Revolver.

Sometimes, it's all about the atmosphere.

Sometimes, a storyline that shouldn't work for me just does. And oh man, how Revolver shouldn't work : 1910. A fifteen years-old boy living in a little cabin in Nome, Alaska. The frozen dead corpse of his father. A strong fixation on an old Colt (don't hate me, but I do not like guns). Religion.

Here's my advice :
Vanessa J.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

Marcus Sedgwick is one hell of a writer. I'm serious. His books are profound, thought-provoking, sometimes weird but always beautiful. I don't think there's ever been a writer who has won my admiration so fast. Of course, Hermann Hesse is the exception, but let's not deal with that right now.

Revolver is a gripping tale of survival and the importance of knowing how to make the right decisions. It's set in the Artic circle, a place that settles perfectly the atmosphere of the story: Cold and
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jack London
Shelves: historical, 2011, ya, printz
As seen on The Readventurer

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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it

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 (or bleed)
“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
“Even the dead tell stories.”


Upon finishing Revolver, I concluded that while I really liked it, it definitely wasn't my favorite Marcus Sedgwick book.

I'm still thinking about this book, and I read it two months ago.

Revolver tells the story of Sig, a 14 year-old boy stuck in a cabin in the middle of the arctic wilderness with the corpse of his father. When a mysterious stranger knocks on his door, and threatens terrible violence if the boy doesn't hand over the gold his father owed him, Sig'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
The Book Queen
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm starting to think Marcus Sedgwick's books aren't for me. They're always weird and thought-provoking and stay with you long after you turn the last page, but they're also told in a completely emotionless style and seem... unfinished. As if he had an amazing idea but couldn't quite execute it perfectly. I felt this way with The Foreshadowing, with The Ghosts of Heaven, and now with Revolver. They're all very good, they all have their strong points, but they all lacked 'something'.

Do I make
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really short but it will put you on the edge of your seat. One day Sig's father dies, and one that day a strange man comes to their house. And he has a revolver. Cue the music. Dun-dun-DUN. Like I said this is very short so you can't go in expecting it to be this super descriptive, utterly amazong plot with so much character development. It's 2 pages over 200 pages..... It's not going to be an amazing work of literature. But it did do a very good job of telling the story, which is ...more
Aj Sterkel
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This is the fourth Sedgwick book I’ve read. It’s crazy how different they are from each other. Revolver is tiny—only about 200 pages—but like all of Sedgwick’s books, it was still stuck in my mind long after I finished it.

In the early 1900s, fourteen-year-old Sig and his family are on the run from a mysterious stranger who has chased them all over the Arctic. One day, Sig’s father falls through the ice and freezes to death. Sig is home alone with his father’s thawing body when the stranger shows
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Even the dead tell stories."
It took me long enough to finally read this and I must say that I'm quite disappointed with my former self for postponing this. I'm quite surprised with the weight that this little book holds, from morals to commentaries on life and death and faith. It's not an easy feat yet Revolver managed to string these themes into a digestible and fairly educational package. While this was marketed for young adults, I think that everyone should read this as well especially
“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
Erin Bowman
Compelling and terrifying. I inhaled this.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jamie (ReadsinTrees) Dacyczyn
A book that demonstrates how much more talented a writer is when they can fit a full, complete, compelling, page turning story in 200 pages instead of 400 pages. Effortless writing style, believable characters, just the right amount of detail to make the setting real without bogging down in infodumps. I'm tagging it as a mystery/thriller, because it was a tense edge-of-your-seat story. There are reveals near the end that aren't exactly twists, but more like little revelations that make the ...more
Jason Slovak
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Paige  Bookdragon
Jun 11, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paige by: Neil (or bleed)
Because Neil's review is intriguing..
Clara van Wel
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘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 ...more
Rachel Louise Atkin
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Read this for a job. Wasn't something I'd normally read and was a pretty simplistic thriller set in the Arctic. Was obviously written for a young audience and there were a lot of plot holes and was very anti-climactic.
3.5 stars

Certainly well written just as what you'd expect from Sedgwick. But I think the story needed something more than that. It's not "razor sharp" like what the blurb promises nor is it quite thrilling for a psychological thriller. It needed more tension and a stronger characterization in order to be truly remarkable. It was incredibly subtle for a thriller novel, which may have reduced my enjoyment. I also didn't connect with the characters as much as how I wanted to.

But still, the writing
Jeffrey DiFazio
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My October reading book was Revolver by Marcus Sedgewick. This Book was about the main character Sig and his family going from town to town because of his dad's work. But little did he know what his dad was actually doing. He knows he measured the percentage of gold and that's it until a guy by the name of Wolf. This book does not really relate to me unless talking about the same age as Sig or around the same age as Sig but I do not live in a place where it is cold 24/7 or worrying about my dad ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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

April Henry
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a spoiler, because you know it on the first page, but the dead father lying on the kitchen table is such a palpable presence. Good twists. I liked the use of historical quotes.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This. Was. Insane.
I love this.
Wes Flease
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I thought this book was a little confusing for me. The story kept jumping around to different years and times. Once I got more information on what was going on, I started to understand it. The author did a great job making a very interesting story. He wrote about a family that people could relate to, which is why I think it is very interesting.

Plot Summary:
Sig was a young boy living a very troubled life. His dad made just enough money to get by in life. His mother was killed
Adam Gower
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid 3

Some of the writing is suspenseful and engaging which is easy to digest in a way which means you can race through this quite short book.

That being said I personally had some issues.

I found the characters quite 2D card board cut out like, which meant in turn I didn't really invest emotionally in the characters and their situation or the mystery at hand.

I also found the message a bit contrived. There's some mention of the protagonist having this influence of religion from 1 parent and the
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much more straightforward of a tale than I'm used to from Sedgwick, which was a treat. This was a gripping story about a boy trying to figure out how to get out of a harrowing situation while honoring his parents, who are now both dead. Whether he is on his own or will have help is a constant question for him, and he stands on his own two feet in the end. I really enjoyed this story, and the characters were all so strong, even the ones we meet only in memories or conversations about them. It was ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The event that readers are anticipating the main characters, Sig a teenage boy with a now dead father a sister and mother, death throughout the book because most of the book has him at gunpoint. This event could have been avoided simply by Sig not opening up the door in the first place although he was expecting people and was oblivious to the strange man on the other side of the door. Some dangers that occured in this book is that the readers know everything about Einar and what his ...more
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
14 year old Sig was all alone with a corpse and later on out of the darkness comes a stranger by the name of Gunther Wolff. Wolff wanted gold that he claims Sigs father stole from him long ago which Sig knows nothing about. Sig does know there is a Colt Revolver hidden somewhere he can use if things get “real”. Sig faces many challenges with the terrifying stranger throughout the book building to the climax if Sig will use the revolver or not.

A few things i liked
Evan Shields
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although the ending of this book was sort of predictable, I enjoyed the suspenseful moments of life or death and I loved the author's talent of showing and not telling when it came to character and setting description because it brought a lot of life to the story as if the reader were right there in the book.
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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 ...more
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