Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.
I am a huge fan of Patrick Ness, I think that some of his stories and characters are some of the best I have ever read. I still haven’t recovered from reading A Monster Calls. That book destroyed me in every way! Well anyway this man is one of my favourite authors – plus he’s a really nice guy in real life! So when I got this book for my birthday I couldn’t wait to dive in, to find out what the characters had in store for me.
I think Release fell short in just one aspect – the dual story line. The imagery went over my head with the Queen and the Faun and I didn’t quite understand the relevance for the main character if I’m honest. By the end I found myself skimming over the parts that were the Queen and Faun. It was a little disappointing and I just wished that the time spent on that could have been spent on the other characters – because they were WAY more interesting!
I think Release is an amazing character driven book that amazed me at every turn. I fell in love with each of the characters and their stories. They are always so well written and rounded that I just feel as though they were my best friend, coming out of the page to sit with me and read their story as I did. I was totally in awe of the relationships and friendships in Release and the ways they dealt with some extremely difficult topics and it was always tasteful and done well. Which has been the let down of a couple of the books I read previously.
My favourite character in Release has to be Angela. I LOVED her, and her and Adam and the love they had for one another. It was so good to have a completely platonic friendship that had none of the drama of a love triangle or anything, it was just straight up friendship. Plus she had some pretty good ideas on how to deal with every situation that Adam found himself in. I just loved her! I need more of her in my life.
My least favourite character in Release would have to be Marty, I thought out of all the characters he was the most inconsistent. I struggled with the transitions he went through because it just didn’t seem to be in his character. Plus the ending made no real sense and I wasn’t entirely sure how we got to that place. But it was a small price to pay for the other great characters.
Would I recommend Release? Yeah! Purely because the characters are so rich and wonderful. It’s one of the best for a platonic friendship, and I just loved learning about them all!
Have you read this new release? Did it hold up against his previous writings? Let me know what you thought about the characters and plotlines?