The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma is a paranormal mystery that focuses on the qualities of friendship and the loss of every bit of normal life in prison.
I requested this for review because of the beautiful cover. (I'm a terrible cover judging person, I know.) And I thought the synopsis sounded interesting. But when I received my copy (in exchange for an honest review as always), I couldn't stop reading it. I cannot describe the first chapter of this book as anything other than compelling. The writing is stunning, and I was driven to find out what happened next.
The dual narrative switches between Amber, a sixteen year old sent to a juvenile correction facility three years earlier, and Violet, a ballerina headed to Julliard whose best friend committed an unspeakable crime. The two voices are generally distinct from one another--at least, I never had a problem telling them apart. I preferred Amber's voice so that helped me to distinguish them too.
It's hard to speak about this book without revealing spoilers. I just have to say that it's beautifully written and a fascinating story. I would recommend it to people who love mysteries with a touch of fantasy to them.
Favorite Quotes (from eARC and subject to change): People can't move on until the finger is pointed, and the gavel's come down. This is called closure, and it's also called justice, and they are not always the same thing.
We were not terrible people. We were not fools.