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Marcus Sedgwick is one hell of a writer I'm serious His books are profound, thoughtprovoking, sometimes weird but always beautiful I don't think there's ever been a writer who has won my admiration so fast Of course, Hermann Hesse is the exception, but let's not deal with that right now.Revolver is a gripping tale of survival and the importance of knowing how to make the right decisions It's set in the Artic circle, a place that settles perfectly the atmosphere of the story: Cold and lonely The book starts with Sig finding the frozen body of his father – Einar To worsen that fact, while Sig is waiting for her sister Anna and his stepmother to come with help, a stranger – Gunter Wolff – comes to take revenge on something Sig's father did 10 years before All Sig has is his father's old rusty revolver and the lessons he learnt from him.“They say that dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong Even the dead tell stories.”The book alternates between 1899 and 1910 – the “past” and the “present” In the past, we see the lessons Sig's father taught him Einar was a lover of guns He has like – let's say – a devotion for them He worships them in an almost religious way Maria, on the other hand, is a religious woman that only believes in God's words, and therefore she thinks guns are evil But she all the same is teaching Sig lessons that will help him in the future.The atmosphere of the book is solitary and sad Throughout the book we see how Sig handles the tension of having his life threatened by a man who says Sig's father stole him some gold years before And trust me, I was tense too The story is very engaging and thrilling I can't remember the last time I was so invested in a book.(I take the last bit back Of course I remember the last time that happened: It was when I read The Ghosts of Heaven, White Crow and Midwinterblood Ehhh, I promise I'm not obsessed.)As I said on a previous review, Marcus Sedgwick has a great ability for delivering words: He immediately hooks you into the story They can be talking about nonsense and you will be hypnotized His writing is so sublime, and I freaking love it.“Love, sing, cry, and fight, but all the time, seek to know everything you can about the earth upon which you stand, till your time is done.”This book also deals with morality It requires you to think if Sig's choices are the “correct” ones, or of he should do another thing The only thing that didn't convince me a lot was the last line of the book, but aside that, everything was perfect for me.However, I'm not sure whether I should recommend this or not I mean as much as I loved it, I can't see most people enjoying this There's no action or romance It's just a psychological thriller – a well told, for what matters This book never sounded to me like a YA book, but then again, what defines YA fiction? I don't really know who is the best target audience for this I guess readers of all ages can pick it as long as they don't mind that their books lean a little on the philosophical side.Still, I thought this book was fantastic Marcus Sedgwick has not disappointed me and I really hope he doesn't.P.S.: Want a proof of how much I love this author? Okay, I'll give it to you See the images I used in the review? I spent all the afternoon editing those things and my abilities with photo editing are really crappy I wanted to use , but really, they require so much effort from me. “You know, I understand it now There's always a third choice in life Even if you're stuck between two impossible choices, there's always a third way You just have to look for it.” I didn't get wrong with Marcus Sedgwick.Revolver is my first book from him and definitely will never be the last I am actually on the go to read his other works as soon as possible.Gripping, intelligent and compelling, Revolver shared to me the experience of being held captive with a dead body; and to think or decide fast when your own life is at stake Short and simple, it portrayed the life during the Gold Rush and told a oneofakind story of danger of the unknown Revolver also imparted emotions that truly affects me and a message that make me think for a while And even this book didn't have action or high school drama, I enjoyed and thrilled reading it It is a powerful novel encompasses the importance of listening to your parents' advice and the risk of decisionmaking or choices.At first, I haven't thought of any idea on why this book is titled Revolver but as I've read and read, I got and understand why Is this thing will be used to end one's life? Maybe. As seen on The ReadventurerRevolver is a 2011 Printz Honor winner and yet, only 276 people on Goodreads have read it After reading this book, I understand why.This a beautifully written YA novel, but I have no idea who would be its audience Boys will not read it because there is no magic or action, girls because there is no romance or high school drama Revolver is set in 1910th Antarctic wilderness 14year old Sig just found his father's dead body He froze to death after falling under ice while crossing a nearby lake As Sig is waiting by his father's corpse for his sister and stepmother to come back with help, he is approached by a man who claims that Sig's father owes him gold from 10 years ago What follows are 36 hours that test Sig's courage and his belief in life lessons taught to him by his parentsA mix of mystery, psychological thriller and historical fiction, this book is, surprisingly, an ode to a revolver, which is a major player in this story As Anton Chekhov once said, One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it The revolver in this novel does get fired and the decision to do it is a vital one and, of course, carries very serious consequences.I think people who still like Jack London's stories about Gold Rush will appreciate Revolver But how many teens are there interested in this period in American history? I'll bet every public and school library in America has a copy of this novel, but all of them are destined to gather dust on the shelves No matter how good the book is, its subject matter is just not of much interest to current generation. This is a short, simple and powerful story that I sat down to sample and ended up finishing in no time at all Revolver is the second book I've read by Marcus Sedgwick the other being Midwinterblood and I have to say that both his novels have managed to impress and surprise me.If I'm being honest, they just never really sounded that appealing to me, despite the fact that I've been told by numerous people to give his books a try This story is about Sig and his family who live in the arctic circle, it alternates between 1899 and 1910 until the secrets of the past catch up with the present and things start to fall into place It's quite a beautiful novel about choices and what happens when a good person is faced with a difficult decision involving a gun and the life of someone who means them harm.If you're into short, meaningful stories that impart a message which is likely to affect you and make you think for a while, then Marcus Sedgwick is your man However, it's difficult to recommend this book to anyone because I can't promise you lots of action or romance or magic but if you don't need a story that is swamped with fastpacing and melodrama, this could be for you For a book that is quite subtle and not packed with the aforementioned, it is still addictively readable I ate it up. Wow It's pretty crazy how fast I devoured this book I liked that it wasn't annoyingly long, cliché or sugarcoated Sure, the writing ison the simple side, but in this case, it fit with the book like a glove.But wait: guns, no romance, a slightly childish protagonist, simplistic writing, and a predictable plot Pshaw! Well I’d probably narrow my eyes and be prone to pass this book up in a heartbeat But surprisingly, I found myself rather loving it.You have our protagonist, Sig He absolutely worships his father He hardly remembers his mother, and so, the family he has ever known has only been his father, older sister Anna and stepmother But seeing as his stepmother and sister don't get along, he's always found a camaraderie of sorts with his father Their love for guns, in particular, is what has brought them together As the son hears his father talk about this object almost religiously, he becomes fascinated with it too Particularly, the one his father keeps safe in a box But this thought completely contrasts with what his mother believed as a religious woman She deemed such a weapon evil And by the look of it, it would seem his sister Anna pretty much thinks the same In fact, you can see throughout the book that their passion for the Revolver makes her feel uncomfortable, and yet, it also makes her feel out of the loop In my opinion, I think it's because a part of her also wishes that she could bring herself to love something that could clearly make herself and her father have something in common: to bring them closer.This is no sweet book If you view it from a distance, you might just assume it's a bit actiony with a mystery But at its core, it's very deep and interesting A young boy finding a curled up frozen corpse of his father is hard to stomach Seeing the evidence of his struggle and will to live is eventragic The open book and match box and the glove he pulls off in his last trying attempt to save himself are all there as evidence of that.However, the real struggle begins when a man comes knocking He wants something from them, and since the father no longer lives, he's decided that he's now got a bone to pick with the heir Clearly this is bad news Oh, but it's about to get a lot worse.He's the kind of guy I really wanted to get to know In this messed up way, people like him intrigue me I want to know what really leads a person to become like the kind of guy he is Childhood trauma, anger, or are they just plain psycho? For a long time no matter how much he unsettled me I wanted to give him a chance I wanted for him to have an opportunity to show me a different side to him A side that gave me a sneak peek of a man that could still be in there somewhere In all honestly, a hint of goodness was all that I wanted Sadly, I didn't get it And even then I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt until one particular thing came to light and then I just couldn't I couldn’t bring myself to try to understand him I had to accept that there really was no redeeming quality about this man That he was just a sick bastard And I tried to leave it at that.Are there things that might have improved my reading experience: definitely It's categorised as a thriller, but there really isn't all that much suspense With an interesting premise and a whole lot of potential I would have likedof a shocking factor: a bitblood, deaths anddepth to our Mr Baddie Also, I do wish that I could have gotten to know Anna ; to have been shown that their stepmother wasn't just a stepmother I say this because clearly she was such a huge support system to them And I understand that it's harder said than done because they aren't in the book much, but I think they should have been I mean, it's nothing that couldn't have been done with a few minor changes here and there, right?So no, it’s not perfect But it's different and sad and hopeful and engrossing.So mate Four stars for you it is :) “Even the dead tell stories.”Upon finishing Revolver, I concluded that while I really liked it, it definitely wasn't my favorite Marcus Sedgwick book.I'm still thinking about this book, and I read it two months ago.Revolver tells the story of Sig, a 14 yearold boy stuck in a cabin in the middle of the arctic wilderness with the corpse of his father When a mysterious stranger knocks on his door, and threatens terrible violence if the boy doesn't hand over the gold his father owed him, Sig's mind wanders to his father's Colt revolver, hidden in the storeroom.But when the time comes, will Sig be able to shoot?I love tense, isolated stories like this, and Sedgwick really delivered with Revolver As always, his writing was immaculate, and the nonlinear narrative beautifully blended the secrets of the past with the present The cold, desolate landscape, along with the unbridled tension, had me flipping the pages like a mad woman.This really felt like a story someone would tell around a campfire A boy with a hidden gun and the corpse of his father is confronted by a mysterious stranger demanding gold Will the boy shoot? The atmosphere, mystery, and intense nature of the plot made for a wellrounded story that I couldn't put down Honestly, Marcus Sedgwick can do no wrong in my eyes.As always, Sedgwick asks some compelling questions here What would you do, if you had the choice? Would you fire the gun? Would you run? Themes surrounding choice, violence, and the burdens that parents pass onto their children are all interwoven into the story beautifully I never thought a book surrounding guns, violence, and contemplations of religion would appeal to me so much, but here we are.While I wasn't as attached to the characters in Revolver as I was with other Marcus Sedgwick books, I still found this book to be sharp, compelling, and wholly satisfying If you're looking for a short, gripping tale to keep you occupied on a dark and stormy night, I highly recommend this one.“There's always a third choice in life Even if you think you're stuck between two impossible choices, there's always a third way You just have to look for it.” I'm starting to think Marcus Sedgwick's books aren't for me They're always weird and thoughtprovoking and stay with you long after you turn the last page, but they're also told in a completely emotionless style and seem unfinished As if he had an amazing idea but couldn't quite execute it perfectly I felt this way with The Foreshadowing, with The Ghosts of Heaven, and now with Revolver They're all very good, they all have their strong points, but they all lacked 'something'.Do I make sense? No, I don't But I can never make sense of Marcus Sedgwick.I will give him another chance; I will pick up another book of his, but I doubt I will love it Lots of people love his books, but they always leave me cold. &FREE PDF ✗ Revolver ⇹ Razorsharp, psychological thriller set in a snowy Arctic wilderness“They say that dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong Even the dead tell stories”It'sIn a cabin north of the Arctic Circle, in a place murderously cold and desolate, Sig Andersson is alone Except for the corpse of his father, frozen to death that morning when he fell through the ice on the lakeThe cabin is silent, so silent, and then there's a knock at the door It's a stranger, and as his extraordinary story of gold dust and gold lust unwinds, Sig's thoughts turn and to his father's prized possession, a Colt revolver, hidden in the storeroomA revolver just waiting to be usedbut should Sig use it, or not? This book is really short but it will put you on the edge of your seat One day Sig's father dies, and one that day a strange man comes to their house And he has a revolver Cue the music DundunDUN Like I said this is very short so you can't go in expecting it to be this super descriptive, utterly g plot with so much character development It's 2 pages over 200 pages. It's not going to be an amazing work of literature But it did do a very good job of telling the story, which is what I am finding with Sedwick's writing He knows how to tell a story So if you are looking for just a short book to read, I recommend picking this up This is the fourth Sedgwick book I’ve read It’s crazy how different they are from each other Revolver is tiny—only about 200 pages—but like all of Sedgwick’s books, it was still stuck in my mind long after I finished it.In the early 1900s, fourteenyearold Sig and his family are on the run from a mysterious stranger who has chased them all over the Arctic One day, Sig’s father falls through the ice and freezes to death Sig is home alone with his father’s thawing body when the stranger shows up at their door He says he will kill Sig if Sig doesn’t hand over the gold his father stole There is a revolver in the cupboard Should Sig kill the stranger, or is there another way to escape?“There's always a third choice in life Even if you think you're stuck between two impossible choices, there's always a third way You just have to look for it.” – RevolverI would have adored this book when I was a kid It’s tense, fastpaced, and set in a variety of remote northern locations For most of my childhood, I was obsessed with the gold rush and Arctic exploration I was also a reluctant reader, so this book would have been perfect for me.What I love most about Revolver is the atmosphere There are very few characters The setting is cold, quiet, and lonely The reader is kept distant from Sig, which builds mystery This is one of those books that almost crackle with tension You don’t know who to trust, but you know that the story is going to end badly for someone I read fast because I needed to know if Sig would shoot the stranger.The story is deceptively simple On the surface, it’s about a standoff in a cabin between a fourteenyearold boy and a cunning old man Underneath, it’s about gun violence It’s very easy to pull the trigger of a gun, but could you live with the consequences of killing someone?“He'd watch the loading and unloading of boats; the building of houses, shacks, and huts; and above all, the people, each carrying a bundle of stories inside them.” – RevolverObviously, I love this book, but I do have a few issues with it Part of the story is told in flashbacks The flashbacks are necessary to understand why Sig’s on the run, and they’re not very long, but I was tempted to skim them The presentday story is wayinteresting than the flashbacks I wanted to read about the cabin with Sig and the gun I wasn’t as interested in how he ended up there.Also, it’s weird how tiny details can yank you out of a story The characters in this book often travel by dogsled I’ve probably spenthours on dogsleds than the average modern girl, and I was slightly confused by the descriptions of sleds in the book The characters sometimes grab the sled’s gangline while standing on the runners, but you can’t reach the gangline from the runners on any sled (historic or modern) that I’ve ever seen Eventually I puzzled out that the sleds in the book have reins I’ve never seen a dogsled with reins Maybe they exist somewhere in the world? This tiny detail distracted me so much that I closed the book, Googled photos of historic dogsleds, and squinted at my computer screen to see all their parts This is probably not what the author intended.Despite my fixation on stupid things, I had fun reading Revolver It’s like a throwback to the books I read as a kid It’s perfect for Arcticobsessed people and anyone who likes a tense, quick story.