Series : The Cruelty
Publisher : Walker Books Aus
Source : Publisher
Release Date : February 9th 2017
The Cruelty is the first book from a groundbreaking new YA voice: an utterly compelling thriller.
When Gwendolyn Bloom realizes that her father has been kidnapped, she has to take matters into her own hands. She traces him from New York City across the dark underbelly of Europe, taking on a new identity to survive in a world of brutal criminal masterminds. As she slowly leaves behind her schoolgirl self, she realizes that she must learn the terrifying truth about herself. To overcome the cruelty she encounters, she must also embrace it.
Honestly I had big hopes with The Cruelty. I was hoping this would be an interesting diverse read given the background of the heroine Gwendolyn Bloom. I wished her Jewish culture was a bigger part instead of the other capabilities that made her stand out that made her unique and diverse .
The redeeming fact was most of the other characters were but still it wasn’t enough to save me from just liking this book. After all the hype around the book, I’m not totally amazed with this book as I was hoping for so much more. For a thriller it does deliver what you expect but the rest is just so ordinary.
Gwen is alright lead character. She is very smart but an outsider as her father being a diplomat mean the top schools and no fees. However with the constant moving around the world. She thrown herself only into school work as what the use of making friends to only to say good-bye a year later.
Until a series of events leads her to a position where she decides to take things into her own hands and sets off to rescue him herself only armed with a name of a person who may be able to help .
The Cruelty reminds me a bit like Alex Rider to be honest. Very similar situation with both lead characters. They both are forced to raise to the challenge after their parental figures disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
However Cruelty is way grittier as Gwen treads her way into the brutal world. She doesn’t have a second glance. She becomes a robot, only showing briefs glimpses of emotion when needed. As the world she dives into isn’t for the faint hearted.
Gwen, she quickly adapts given the lack of skills she has ..Only armed with arsenal of languages and a potential love interest who has brilliant technology skills. It amazing that she manages to survive given things she gets herself into and the fact that she okay with this world she forced herself into .
The author had potential with this story but this was too far fetch. Gwen is not really street smart, she more book smart but able to adapt to situations and that was her saving grace. I really wished the author stuck to Gwen and made her more interesting than the other characters. The assumptions and the story arcs that surround the plot , sometimes drove me mad.
There some potential and hopefully the next book in the series redeems that as this author can write. It is just matter of crafting Gwen into more interesting person.