The Walls Around Us
Nova Ren Suma
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“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices--one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.
We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture--which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.
Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.
Praise for Imaginary Girls:
“A surreal and dreamy world where magical thinking is carried to a chilling extreme.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for 17 & Gone:
“Suma’s exquisite sentence-level writing and fine eye for creepy detail are in abundant evidence.” —Kirkus Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
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Read the sample and promptly pre-ordered it. YA fiction is increasingly amazing! Can't wait to read the rest in March!!!
A downright disturbing, compelling, and deliciously entertaining read
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Apparently this is the tagline on the street: “Orange is the New Black Swan.” YES. Spot. On.
THE WALLS AROUND US is a downright disturbing, compelling, and deliciously entertaining read. Nova Ren Suma is a beautiful storyteller. The way she constructed the mystery made the book un-put-downable. I had to solve the puzzle–had to know what happened to these girls. The juxtaposition of two very intense and often volatile environments: prison and the ballet world–pure brilliance. Add the fact that these are teenage girls to the mix and you’re in for one hell of ride and an even more satisfying conclusion. A truly unique story. Well worth a read!
This is such a great book. It's a bit hard to follow but the ending has such an amazing plot twist. Really great!