Release by Patrick Ness
Date read: 30th March 2018 – 30th March 2018
Page count: 287
Genre: Young Adult contemporary
Format: Hardback (Library)
This is a book I read in about two hours – so it has the Ellie Approved Compulsive Read label. I do read fast, but I think it really is the kind of book that’s definitely hard to put down.
I’ve read all of Patrick Ness’s books now, and I think Release has made it up into my top few by him. Of course, the Chaos Walking trilogy will never be knocked from its rightful top spot, but still.
(You can see my review for the first of the Chaos Walking books – The Knife of Never Letting Go – here.)
Release is about a boy named Adam Thorne, who lives in the middle of a tiny American town with his devoutly religious parents and his ‘golden child’ brother. His father hopes that Adam will realise his calling – just as he did – and pick up the reins of the family church. But Adam has other ideas.
Release explores the events of one specific day in his life, a day that will change his life forever.
Just like I said before, I really loved this book. It’s a fast, compulsive read, just like most of what Ness has written before. It’s funny at times, sad at others, but most of all, just a brilliant, infectious read.
The best of the YA genre manages to show us what it’s actually like to live inside the minds of someone other than ourselves, and Release definitely manages that.
Overall, I gave this book five stars. It’s pretty short, so I was finding it hard to not give much away about it (which is why this review is so short), but seriously, just go read it for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed.