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A gripping thriller (THE GUARDIAN)
A chilling, atmospheric story that will haunt readers with its descriptions of desolate terrain and Sig's difficult decisions. (KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW)
Sedgwick lures his readers into deeper thinking while they savor this thrillingly told tale. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW)
An elegant, brilliantly executed tale... This novel of only 167 pages is packed with more excitement and wisdom than many twice its length. (THE TIMES)
A memorable tale, one that will appeal to fans of Gary Paulsen, Jack London, and even Cormac McCarthy. (THE HORN BOOK, STARRED REVIEW)
REVOLVER crackles with more razor-sharp tension and tightly coiled plotting than books twice its length (THE DAILY MAIL)
The bleak setting and ominous circumstances will draw immediate comparisons to a Jack London tale, but in a more accessible, spare style. Reluctant readers will be riveted by the suspense and the short chapters. (SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW)
¿one of the finest and best-constructed page turners of the year¿ Tense, succinct, evocative and ingenious, and one to haunt you long after the summer is over¿ (Nicolette Jones THE SUNDAY TIMES)
An outstanding psychological thriller about the Arctic gold rush (Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER)
a powerful thriller... Tense, thought-provoking and original. (Emma Lee Potter DAILY EXPRESS)
Sig Andersson has a choice to make - use the gun or die. An unforgettable, razor-sharp psychological thriller set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic Circle. Recipient of a Michael L. Printz Honor 2011, shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010 and longlisted for the GUARDIAN Children's Fiction Prize 2010.See all Product description
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A good, engaging, short read and clearly well researched. The story is set in 1910 (looking back to 1899 in parts) in an extremely harsh, isolated and unimaginably cold environment - a small mining settlement north of the Arctic Circle. Sig Andersson is all alone in the family cabin, with the frozen body of his dead father just rescued from the ice, when he hears a knock at the door... people just don't knock on the door of the Andersson cabin. The cabin hasn't seen visitors for years. Sig's nightmare begins...
Fifteen-year-old Sig and father Einar are the main protagonists, with Einar's story taking place in 1899/1900, and Sig's in 1910. I really enjoyed the journey of both characters, and couldn't wait to see how it all played out. Wolff is a horrible man whose mind is clouded by greed and revenge, and who can't see past his own obsessions. The fear he instills in Sig and his sister Anna resonates through every page, and I was surprised at how brave and resilient Sig turns out to be. He thinks only of his family, and is willing to do anything to protect them.
The lengths people will go to for money, or in this case, gold, astound me. Is wealth really worth dying over? This is a question Sig is faced with, and it brings with it a decision that could ruin his life, and the lives of those around him. I loved the conclusion to Sig's story, and think he ultimately made the right decision. The choice of whether to use a revolver or not isn't something that should be taken lightly, and I'm glad it was met with some trepidation.
Brilliantly written characters, vivid locations and a deep and powerful story make Revolver a book not to be missed. It might be a quick read, but it's one that you won't forget in a hurry, and it's one that I'll be revisiting in the future. Highly recommended.
Imagine the coldest of cold places of the Arctic Circle. This is where the Andersson family, father Einar, step-mother Nadya, and teenagers Anna and Sig, live. One day, Sig finds his father Einar dead on the ice, frozen to death. Nadya, Anna and Sig drag Einar's body back to the cabin, and after Nadya and Anna leave to get help, Sig is alone in this cold and desolate place. Then there's a knock on the door that will bring back history, and will force Sig to make decisions. "A gun is not a weapon,' Einar once said to Sig. `It's an answer. It's an answer to the questions life throws at you when there's no one else to help." (p.24)
Revolver is spread out over a mere 217 pages, and switches between Sig's 1910 (Einar's death and the menacing events in the cabin) and Einar's 1899 (the Alaska gold rush and how Einar's past will influence Sig's decision). Yet, where other novels as short as this one fail in their characterization or in the development of the plot, Sedgwick manages to write a haunting, almost claustrophobic , tale of hardship, hope and making life-choices. This chilling story would put even many "grown up" thrillers to shame. Sedgwick's prose is sparse, thrilling, tense. Revolver proves the power of language. It proves that a carefully constructed plot does not need to be dragged out. Even the most reluctant of readers will want to pick this one up: a fast, exciting and `easy' read, yet with a philosophical everyman twist. Sometimes less is more.
Set in the Arctic Circle in 1910 Sig lives in a poor shack with his father, sister and step-mother. They all get along well and are quite happy until Sig's father dies in an accident and a dangerous man from the past comes knocking looking for gold he claims Sig's father swindled from him years ago...
The story is exciting but also thought provoking with an ultimately moral and satisfying ending. There are moments in the book which genuinely have you holding your breath and the characters are interesting and likeable enough that you care what happens to them.
In line with the book being aimed at young adults there is a strong 'moral' element in the book and a very strong emphasis on forgiveness and doing the right thing.We all know in real life often people don't do the right thing so in that sense the story was too clean to be believable but the story does leave you wih a nice feeling after reading it.