Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spray by Harry Edge

Spray by Harry Edge.
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends.
Pages: 240.
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.
First things first, this book is incredibly fun and entertaining. The characters play a game that is written to where it’s almost like you’re playing along with them. It’s a refreshing plot that doesn’t overwhelm you with love triangles or secret lives or anything that you might see in other novels nowadays.

But even though I was thoroughly entertained, I admit that the book didn’t reel me in all that much. The book switches point of views like crazy, which eventually works, but had me incredibly confused in the beginning. And with that constant switching, there really wasn’t any room for the characters personalities to grow. Once more players were eliminated and their perspectives stopped showing up on the pages, more time and words were put into certain characters who eventually grew personalities. But keyword: eventually. It took me quite awhile to get into this book.

The entire book was kind of stiff and anticlimactic for me, but once it narrowed down to the final players, it really came to life. Paths crossed, character backgrounds were revealed, drama ensued and it mixed perfectly with the water gun game. I loved the end chapters, even though I wasn’t too crazy about the first half of the book.

Overall, Spray is fun, entertaining and cunning. The author puts you in the backseat of every character’s head, which makes it easy for you to chose a player to root for and play along. While it isn’t really a deep and emotional read, it’s enjoyable and one that I definitely think you should give a try!

Other reviews for Spray:
Reading Teen.
Whatchamacallit Reviews.
The Bookbag.
hackwriters.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like Battle Royale by Koushin Takami, but possibly toned down. I'll be checking this one out soon. Thanks for the review. :)

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  2. Nice review, Katie. I must admit that the cover alone makes me want to check out this title. It's a bit different.

    I'm sorry to hear that you didn't like it more.

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  3. This sounds interesting! Great review :)

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  4. I have this book. I am really looking forward to reading it. I know I will find the view point switch difficult at first but it just so so different and fresh. Great honest review.

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