Dead Set by Richard Kadrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you're looking for a young adult fantasy that does not fall into the "teen romance" trope, this is a great choice.
With Zoe, Kadrey has seamlessly dodged every archetype I've read in YA female leads yet nailed the young female voice dead on. She is both damaged and endearing. She makes good choices and bad ones. She's clever and witty and rebellious. She saves the swearing for when it's the only way to express herself, and just when you think she's acting a little too mature, she does something a teenager would do. The only way to describe her is as one of those people every one says carries an old soul trapped in a teenage body.
The setting, is as always, very well crafted. Kadrey corrupts one reality and twists it into his own, in Dead Set.
now, go read.
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