Review: Revolver

March 6, 2011

Read the review and more after the break.

Sedgwick, M. (2010). Revolver. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press.

A day after the death of his father a stranger comes to visit Sig Andersson.  The man, a big, burly beast named Wolff is looking for the gold that Sig’s father promised him 10 years earlier.  What follows is a tense game of good vs evil as Sig tries to escape.  His dilemma?  Use his father’s antique colt to kill the man, or die at his hand.  Sedgwick’s taut historical fiction will appeal to fans of Gary Paulsen.  The writing is strong, while the pace is quick.  The reader will be wrapped up in Sig’s struggle, both physically and mentally, to kill or be killed.  Recommended to grades 6th and up, although there is some language and violence.

Additional thoughts:

Some of my favorite books lately have been this kind of dusty, ethical western.  Revolver gets compared to Cormac McCarthy on the back cover, and it delivers.

Sedgwick also packs the novel with great quotes, including this one, “It wasn’t God or the Declaration of Independence that made all men equal.  It was Samuel Colt.” ~Anonymous.  This haunting quote is matched in tone by the rest of the book.  Chilling stuff.

Similar titles (Read-A-Likes): No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, The Rifle by Gary Paulsen, Flash by Michael Cadnum, Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman, The Trap by John Smelcer

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