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A Nicer Way to Die Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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"'A fresh voice, brimming with character and colour. The opening scene is one of the strongest I have read in a long time. It is quite an achievement to write something that is both horrifying and a hoot.' Matt Whyman, author of Boy Kills Man"
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One of the things that attracts me to her work also is that she is a female author, and yet she doesn't write superficial garbage that isn't worth the pulp it is printed on, which seems to be the case with most female YA fiction writers these days, though there are a few other brilliant exceptions.
I would just hope that people wouldn't be put off by the grundgy, boyish looking cover, for underneath is a real gem of a book, suitable for adults as well as young teenagers, and for any gender.
It's as if William Golding has been reincarnated as Sam Mills and is looking through the eyes of our own generation of schoolboys. He finds those same primitive instincts for survival that can often result in cruel and unpredictable behaviour.
This is a powerful piece of writing by Mills. If he can maintain this quality his books will join the great classics of our generation. Faber don't make many mistakes when they choose to publish a new author, and I can't fault their judgement with this one. But it may not be a new writer after all. Sam Mills is rumoured to be a pen name of Kazio Ishiguro. But whoever he is, this book is full of profound insight and a really great read.