Jun 182014

This book is built on a brilliant premise: a girl living on the edge of civilisation on the Gulf coast of America sends out a message in a bottle and it ends up in the hands of a political prisoner trapped over a lake of lava. The story of each comes out as they speak with each other. The book delves into the plight of people excluded from civilisation, dealing with exclusion and inclusion and it holds great promise, which it didn’t fulfil: in my mind, it felt a bit didactic, like it was a Critical Book about Important Things.

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