Friday, February 5, 2016

Revenge and the Wild

Revenge and the Wild
By Michelle Modesto
Balzer + Bray, 2016. 373 pages. Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Westie's a young woman on a mission: When she was a child, her family was murdered by cannibals who also managed to cut Westie's right arm off at the elbow. Ten years later, Westie wants revenge from the people who stole her family from her. Having been raised by Nigel Butler--an inventor local to Rogue City, California, one who replaced her arm with a machine prosthetic--Westie is shocked when the investors who arrive in-town to evaluate Nigel's latest invention turn out to be the people who killed her family.

But with a rough history of her own and time running out, Westie has to find a way to prove what she knows to be true . . . before the cannibals find a way to finish what they started ten years before. 

I was lucky enough to get an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) of this book from my agent in October, and was absolutely blown away by Modesto's style. Not only is this one of the most creative books I've read in awhile, but Modesto blends the fantasy, steampunk, and Western genres almost seamlessly. I adore Westie, Modesto's tough and somewhat irascible heroine, a girl willing to do whatever it takes to see her family avenged. Though its still early yet, REVENGE AND THE WILD is already one of my favorite books of the year.


No comments: