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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Spray by Harry Edge

Spray by Harry Edge
"A group of teens sign up for an assassination game on the streets of a big city. Their weapons: pressurized water guns. It’s meant to be a game, a sport. But for some, it’s more than harmless fun. To win, they’ll use any means necessary.

Two hundred players. Three weeks of tense cat-and-mouse action. Every stalker is being stalked and only one player will be left standing. No one will be the same."- summary from Amazon

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a bit of time to get into the multiple perspectives because there's like 7 throughout the book and they change at a fast rate. You probably read about two pages before moving to the next character. But once I got used to it, it was easy for me to read and follow.

It's a fast-paced action book and I loved the premise behind it. A water wars game? It sounds awesome, even when placed in front of the extreme drought backdrop. It was fun to move along in the game and see the kinds of sneaky ways the players would "assassinate" their targets.

Because of the multiple perspectives and short character chapters, the characterization does lack and the characters feel flat. There is a bit of an attempt to make the characters more three-dimensional and it's probably more than what would usually happen in a book like this, so props for that, but it's not enough. But if you're more plot-oriented with your reading, this is a good book.

Overall, a fun, suspenseful read that's great for a break from all the darker YA novels. It's out in stores now as a paperback!

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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