Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

From Amazon: 1910. 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. 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...

Revolver is fascinating, original and very hard to put down. It tells the story of a boy, a gun and a day when everything is forever changed.

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.

14 comments:

Chicklish said...

It sounds fascinating and full of vivid atmosphere. Thanks for the great review!

a flight of minds said...

Great review! I'm wondering how Einar's story fits in with the description from Amazon... Revolver seems very interesting. Thanks!

- Alex

Juju said...

Wow. Sounds amazing. Sounds like it would make a great movie.

Zombie Girrrl said...

This sounds good, and different from what I've reading lately. I've been kinda stuck on contemporary fiction and fantasy, a little realism could be good thing.
Great review!

Kristen said...

I've read a few of his books and liked them. I may have to check this one out!

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Steph Su said...

Wow, nice. Historical fiction is usually hit or miss with me, but you've piqued my interested in this book for sure!

Thao said...

Chasing wealth? Hmm sounds great. You cannot refuse to buy such a book, esp when it has this lovely cover :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Nice review! I'll have to checking it out.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds like such a good book. And, because I'm shallow, I love the cover!

Andrea said...

Great review, sounds good.

Kate said...

I want to read this. I like Marcus Sedgwick :D

Becky said...

Ha! I found your review of this. I just have to get myself a copy of this. I swear you are going to make me bankrupt LOL! Great review.

Anonymous said...

it is a really good book, it really captivated me, kept me interested. It was hard at times to put it down, but I also didn't want to miss my bus stop. It was an enjoyable read. :D

Anonymous said...

This book brought the house down! literally! LOL