Author: Nova Ren Suma
“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.
I need to start by saying I absolutely loved this book. I really did. The main support I have for that is the simple fact that I finished it last week, and it's still swimming around in my mind. I can't stop thinking about it.
This is one of those books that is put together like a puzzle, and one that makes me wonder how anyone's brain can work in a way to put it together and write it! Even though I did have parts figured out I never had the complete picture until it was all revealed. I only knew bits and pieces, and to see how those bits and pieces fit together was amazing.
I think one part of the writing I really liked was that the story was told by two different girls. Now that's not overly original, but what was original that one of the girls - Amber - wasn't part of the main story. She was more an observer. I loved she provided this almost outsider view. She wasn't there when the main story happened, but she witnessed the whole second half of it. It just provided a new unique perspective that I personally hadn't seen before. It kept me so hooked and engrossed in the story. I wanted to know how the part of the story Amber knew fit with the part of the story Violet knew.
The last thing I'll touch on is the ending. I can't say too much or I risk giving things away, but the ending was not at all what I expected. AND I had to reread it a few times to make sure what was happening was what I though! At first I was like - I have to be reading this wrong! You gotta love an ending like that!
Over-all a great book. I encourage you to give it a try!!!
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