“The Walls Around Us” by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Published March 24, 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers

Genres Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal

Pages 336

Buy on Amazon http://amzn.to/1ROW7Im

The Walls Around Us is focused on three main characters, Violet, Amber and Ori, although the entire book is told from the either the perspective of Violet or Amber. Violet, is on the outside, while Amber, is locked up within Aurora Hills Juvenile Detention Center. Violet is a dancer, getting ready to head to college, while Amber has been locked inside for the last 4 years. Ori is the one who seems to tie their worlds together and ultimately will answer the questions about who is really guilty and who is not.

“Maybe long ago, we used to be good. Maybe all little girls are good in the beginning . . . Something threw sand in our eyes,  ground it in, and we couldn’t get it out. We still can’t.” This novel is hard to review for me, as explaining it fully would give away every part of this book that makes it great. It is a strange book and I am still really not sure what genre it fits into. Somewhere between paranormal, mystery and thriller. But I would also say it’s a psychological thriller as well. This story speaks a lot about the world of ballet, as Violet is a dancer, as is Ori. It brings the competitiveness about the world of dance into this book. It was one of those books where every time I thought I had the plot twist figured out, I was completely off track, which surprised me. This book, although it is a thriller/mystery, as well as having characteristics of a paranormal thriller, touches on a lot of different subjects such as what teenage girls are truly capable of and what happens to those teenagers when faced with abuse, crime and abandonment.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I can say I am not a big fan of her style. Although this book is very well written it is both fascinating and disturbing, the constant run on sentences were slightly annoying. I also think that it would have been nice if some of the book had been written from Ori’s point of view, since a majority of the story revolved around her. I can honestly say that the ending was nothing like I would have ever imagined. Very well done Suma.

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