Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Publication: March 24th 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers 
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: ARC, Kindle Edition, 336 pages
“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.”

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 the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries . . .

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

"We liked to talk to failed justice." I watch news every night and all I see is failed justice. Reporters tells us the sides of the victim and suspect then we conclude who is guilty. Sometimes, these victims are either celebrities, politicians and common citizens. Sometimes these suspects are either celebrities, politicians and common citizens. A suspect can be the victim and a victim can be the suspect. We can never tell. But all we do is talk failed justice—how many times it had been treated right or how many times it had been manipulated unfairly? We were told that everyone faces equal treatment, but we know the truth.

The Walls Around Us is told by Violet and Amber who were never friends nor seen each other not until Orianna rendered. Violet is a ballet dancer from her place's most well-known ballet school while Amber is locked up away in the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center. These two girls both have the same objectiveto live without physical and mental imposed restraints. But Orianna, aware of what these girls are capable of, shake out the truth from their insides. In this phantasmal story of suspense told in two voices, Nova Ren Suma made an exceptional read marked with deliberateness and novelty for every Young Adult reader.

“Our private tastes in books showed a hint of our secret selves.”
― Nova Ren Suma, The Walls Around Us

This should have been a five star rating review but Nova Ren Suma wrote a disturbing story of two girls who have never known each other. I am fascinated with such kind of writing but it afflicted me with anxious uneasiness. As much as I want to give away for me to get to the point, but I can't. It is a must read to those of curious minds. The Walls Around Us is like a narrative poetry book of grief and trouble. I have highlighted the sentences and even paragraphs that is like a snippet of a poem. Only that when I read those after I read the book, it send me more understanding as to what Nova Ren Suma is really up to.

Written in a beautiful manner yet dark and haunting, The Walls Around Us is a deeply engaging read. Advocated for readers allured with poetic style of writing.

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Source: Netgalley · I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content.

Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë: "And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day."

  1. The writing sounds great and makes it exceptional

  2. I'm definitely intrigued but a little hesitant towards the writing style, although it does sound really descriptive. Glad you liked it!

    1. I know. The writing style is not for everyone but you will really appreciate how it ia written. :)

  3. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews for this one. Everyone agrees the the plot is amazing, but some do think that the writing style is very difficult to follow. I think if I can borrow a book from somewhere then I will try to read this one, but I won't buy it because I am worried about disliking the writing style. I am glad you could enjoy it though!

    1. Yep, it is really difficult, Olivia. At first. I somewhat didn't get it and feared I might DNF it, but as things went cool on me, I have loved it. You should borrow a copy then. You might end loving it. :)

  4. I purchased this as soon as it was released, and I am DYING to pick it up. Once I get all my reading done for this month, I'm GOING IN! lol. I was told Nova's writing is poetic and dark, and I absolutely love that type of writing style. I definitely can't wait to read this :)

    1. Read it RIGHT NOW, Martika! :D It is indeed. Oh please tell me then when you review it. I cannot wait to read your thoughts.


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