By: Andrew Smith
Location: FIC SMI
Genre: Fantasy, Sci Fi, War,Realistic Fiction- Genre busting
THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith is a bizarre young adult novel that skillfully weaves together multiple storylines into a strangely powerful statement about society, extinction, and life.
"A masterpiece of a book" Michael Grant- author of GONE series
"This is a tale of an adopted teen's bizarre summer camp experience (set in a dystopic American future, of course) that balances shock with lightheartedness and goofiness with some serious pathos. I absolutely loved it" Will
Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.
“There’s not a single thing on this planet – not an organism, a sea, a river or lake, and even the weather that surrounds us, that hasn’t been changed by human beings. For good or bad, we’re in charge of the rate at which everything changes now. Every living thing and the majority of nonliving systems too. We’ve become our own God, I suppose.