Read this novel for the voice. There are some novels I can enjoy on voice alone and this is one of them. When I read a first or second novel that is the thing I am most curious about. Tietz has a great gift for voice, theme, and atmosphere. If there are areas where I’d like to see growth would be pacing, as the second act lost some momentum. My other criticism is that the novel could have been shorter and tighter, but I am a big fan the novella fan, so that should be taken with a grain of salt. Overall, this is a cool book with awesome themes and very much a literary transgressive novel. Think Chuck Palahniuk meets Ian McEwan, which is an exciting voice worth checking out.

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