Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

I have just finished reading Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick and I loved it. I haven’t read anything by Sedgwick before but I am keen to read more. Revolver is a short novel, only 167 pages but boy, it has so much in it. It would really appeal to male readers, it may be a YA book but I believe adults would enjoy it as well.

Revolver is a chilling book, not just in terms of its suspenseful clever plot but also because of its setting. The novel begins in 1910 in 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 business with his father. As Sig gradually learns the awful truth about Wolff’s connection to his father, Sig finds his thoughts drawn to a certain box hidden on a shelf in the storeroom, in which lies his father’s prized possession – a revolver. When Anna returns alone, and Wolff begins to close in, Sig’s choice is pulled into sharp focus. Should he use the gun, or not?

The novel really explores right and wrong and life and death decisions.It has won several awards including Printz Honor (2011), YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011), ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2011) and  Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of the Year for Fiction (2010). Revolver is a gripping psychological drama that is well worth seeking out.

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