Nova Ren Suma – The Walls Around Us

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“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. I’ve never read any of Nova Ren Suma’s (what a cool name!) other books, but after reading this one I’d definitely be up for one. Her writing is beautiful. I have no eloquent words to describe this, because it’s literally unarguable. Nova Ren Suma uses a lot of rhetoric (mostly repetition, i.e. anaphora, epanalepsis, etc) to convey the mood of the story and add amazing depth. Reading it just sucks you in, whether you want to or not. I would know, since I spent the majority of the time reading this during band rehearsals (whoops).

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