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A LOADED GUN. STOLEN GOLD. And a menacing stranger. A taut frontier survivor story, set at the time of the Alaska gold rush.

In an isolated cabin, fourteen-year-old Sig is alone with a corpse: his father, who has fallen through the ice and frozen to death only hours earlier. Then comes a stranger claiming that Sig’s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold. Sig’
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Square Fish (first published July 16th 2009)
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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 : f
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Vane J.


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 lonel
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Tatiana
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jack London
Shelves: printz, 2011, ya, historical
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
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Emily May


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
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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 dec
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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 absol
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The Book Queen
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 sen
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Cameron
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 w ...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
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Jo
“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.
Groooan.
Pre-Epilogue.
HOLY MOLY.

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
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Erin Bowman
Compelling and terrifying. I inhaled this.
TheBookSmugglers
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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
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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 come
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Michael Justine
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
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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..
Regan
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
Intense
Clara van Wel
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘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 astoundin ...more
Sarah
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

Jen
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie Kollman
This. Was. Insane.
I love this.
Georgia (The Bibliomaniac Book Blog)
Goodreads synopsis: 1910. A cabin north of the Arctic Circle. Fifteen-year-old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day after falling through a weak spot on the ice-covered lake. His sister, Anna, and step-mother, Nadya, have gone to the local town for help. Then comes a knock at the door. It's a man, the flash of a revolver's butt at his hip, and a mean glare in his eyes. Sig has never seen him before but Wolff claims to have unfinished busin ...more
Sarah BT
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About the Book: It's 1910 and Einar and his family are living in a small cabin in the Arctic Circle. Sig has just discovered that his fathers sled fell through the ice when trying to cross. Now Sig waits alone in the cabin with his fathers corpse, waiting for help to arrive. A stranger appears at the door, demanding that Sig give him his share the gold Einar had stolen from him. Sig knows nothing of the gold and must find a way to escape the strange man and save himself.

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John
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young adult book that my nephew wanted me to read. A Sweedish tale where life was hard at the end of the last century.
Kelley
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a great time reading this story. I literally read it in one day. From the very first page, you're hooked. Just the kind of quick, exciting, well told story that I needed while I was in bed feeling sick.
Emily
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reads2012
Emily Shepard
Award-Winning YA
"Even the dead tell stories.." Revolver tells the tale of a 14 year old boy, Sig Andersson, who is faced with a very difficult decision. Pulling the trigger of his fathers colt revolver or listening to his mothers advice of letting faith and love win. The Andersson family, Sig's father, sister and step-mother, live in the Arctic at the turn of the 20th century, isolated in a cabin with only dogs and a sleigh for transportation. Waiting alone for his father to come ho
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Sarah Rosenberger
Above the Artic Circle, where Sig and his family have lived for over a decade, survival isn't easy. After his father falls through thin ice and freezes to death, 15-year-old Sig waits at home with the body while his stepmother and sister go to the nearby town to get help.

While waiting for their return, he gets an unexpected visitor named Wolff - a giant of a man with a gun and a merciless personality. Wolff says that Sig's father stole a fortune gold from him, and demands that Sig return what i
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Debbie
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is 1910. Thirteen year old Sig lives with his sister, father and stepmother in an isolated cabin in the frozen clutches of the Arctic circle. They are extremely poor and have very little in the way of possessions, but in the pantry, in a wooden box, is a Colt Forty-four forty revolver.

The book opens with Sig's father's dead body lying on the cabin table. Sig has been left alone with his father's corpse while his sister and stepmother travel the six mile distance into town to get help. There i
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Justin V.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, takes place towards the tail end of the gold rush era of North America in the late 1800s. I was directed to this book by a close friend, as they felt they knew my favorite style of book. They definitely did know, because I enjoyed this book to the very last word. The events of the book take place after Siegfried Andersson retrieves his deceased father, Einar Andersson, from the lake surrounding their house in Northern Canada. Dark secrets are revealed about the Ander ...more
A. C. Hollow
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've learned one thing from reading: wait until the end to state your criticisms. I'm new to reading large volumes of literature quickly (one or two books a week), and I use Goodreads as a sort of checklist; I really like this website for that. So while I'm reading, I typically have a star rating in my brain for the book. Almost every time I've finished a book, I've given it one more star than I first intended.

This is what happened with Revolver. I never though I'd like youth fiction that much,
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Adele Broadbent
Spoilers below....

It’s 1910 and Sig Andersson is sitting alone inside his family’s cabin, staring at the body of his father. Only hours before, he found his father out on the ice – frozen to death after falling through the centre of the lake.
Sig’s elder sister Anna has gone to town with his stepmother and the sled dogs, to bring someone to help deal with the body. And then comes a knock at the door….
A mountain of a man introduces himself as Gunther Wolff and he’s come to discuss something with S
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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 Hea ...more
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