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Sawkill Girls ペーパーバック – 2019/5/7
“Reader, hang on for dear life. Sawkill Girls is a wild, gorgeous, and rich coming-of-age story about complicity, female camaraderie, and power.” —Sarah Gailey, author of River of Teeth
“An eerie, atmospheric assertion of female strength.” —Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species
FIVE STARRED REVIEWS
NAMED ONE OF YALSA’S 2019 BEST FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS
A BRAM STOKER AWARD NOMINEE
A LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD NOMINEE
From the New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn comes a breathtaking and spine-tingling novel about three teenage girls who face off against an insidious monster that preys upon young women. Perfect for fans of Victoria Schwab and Stranger Things.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now.
★“Legrand’s lush and pensive prose matches the murky, dangerous, and beautiful island setting.... Rich and earthy horror.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)
★“This atmospheric, Gothic-flavored chiller, which mingles elements of dark fairy tales and outright horror... includes an asexual character and a beautifully wrought queer romance, [and] focuses on the power of female friendship and what it means to pit women against one another in fiction and in life.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★”Cinematically, gorgeously creepy and horrific, sliding between breathlessly suspenseful and disturbingly grotesque.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
★”Legrand accomplishes the kind of slow-building tension and mounting horror that will give readers night terrors. Read this book, then lock it in the freezer.” -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Part spine-chilling horror story and part coming-of-age lesbian romance… If you are looking for something to scare you awake at night, this is the book for you.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Claire Legrand tells an eerie, feminist horror story that’s perfect for reading close to Halloween.” -- Bustle
“With prose as fierce and uncompromising as its three main characters, SAWKILL GIRLS is a fresh and unflinching exploration of female friendship wrapped in a spine-tingling page-turner. Claire Legrand doesn’t hold back--and you won’t be able to put this book down.”
-- - Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie
“Reader, hang on for dear life. Sawkill Girls is a wild, gorgeous, and rich coming-of-age story about complicity, female camaraderie, and power.” -- Sarah Gailey, author of River of Teeth
“An eerie, atmospheric assertion of female strength.” -- Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species
“Old-school horror meets fresh, female-forward fury. Claire Legrand masterfully paints this island world of terror with a blood-soaked brush.” -- Elana K. Arnold, author of National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of
Claire Legrand is the author of Foxheart, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, The Year of Shadows, and Some Kind of Happiness, as well as the New York Times-bestselling young adult fantasy Furyborn and its sequels. She is one of the four authors behind The Cabinet of Curiosities. Claire Legrand lives in New Jersey.
- 出版社 : Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint版 (2019/5/7)
- 発売日 : 2019/5/7
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 464ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0062696610
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062696618
- 対象読者年齢 : 14 - 17歳
- 寸法 : 13.49 x 2.67 x 20.32 cm
On the other hand, I had a few issues with it. Firstly, this book completely threw me off, because it was not what I had expected it to be. I was looking for more of a psychological/mysterious kind of thriller, and ended up with this strange supernatural/fantasy based thriller with monsters and stuff.
Secondly, Val is horrible. She's horrible. She's a monster. That's it. A monster. She KILLED innocent girls for God's sake. She killed Marion's sister within a week of them arriving at the island!! She killed Zoe's best friend, among many many MANY more girls. And this is stuff you figure out from page 1, Claire Legrand does not keep you guessing on who the villain is. You know from the first chapter that Val is a monster who preys on innocent, beautiful girls and their insecurities.
So, I can't, for the life of me, understand how Marion could fall in love with her or forgive her. I cannot. I can't, for the life of me, understand how Zoe, could look past it after all the time she spent seeking revenge. I can't, for the life of me, understand how Marion's MOM could forgive Val and take her under her wing, when she was the one to murder her daughter and having recently lost her husband too. How? What kind of impossible human strength does it take for you to look at your sibling's murderer and then...make out with them? I'm sorry, maybe I'm just not as good or forgiving, but I found that highly unlikely in reality. Yes, she wanted to give Val this redeeming end where she helps them and saves them and atones for her sins, but some sins are just too great to atone for. That's my opinion.
In general, I found the romance in this book strange. Didn't really get my heart pumping or give me butterflies in my stomach. I really didn't like the twist in the end with the whole "man tribe" thing sacrificing girls, it was just too much. In fact, the whole man-hating theme this book seemed to push was a little off-putting. I am all for female empowerment and girl power and feminism, but not at the cost of making the other gender look bad. Feminism doesn't work that way.
In conclusion, good story with good action, but a lot of questionable plot points.
The novel is fast-paced and atmospheric, told through the third-person perspectives of three very different girls - Marion, Zoey and Val. Although no overly violent or graphic, it does evoke uncomfortable imagery of abuse, dismemberment and rape as it introduces the Collector - a terrible being that has bound itself to one of the girls. Although uncomfortably dark in places, the novel uses these themes well to empower its female characters, giving them the strength to stand up to those who would oppress them through their bond with each other.
Unfortunately, at times the novel is just a little too heavy handed with its message. While the story builds well to its final act, it's feminist undertones become more blatant as a cult of pretty despicable men are introduced, all of whom (loudly) proclaim the superiority of their sex. While the Collector was a fairly subtle metaphor of male oppression, this cult took it a little too far down the "all men are evil" route for my liking. As a feminist, I personally believe in equality and this was just a bit too extreme for my taste.
As the novel built to its rather dramatic climax, I was also left feeling a little underwhelmed by the passive involvement of Val and Zoey. While all three girls do face the Collector, it is Marion who is by far the most active during this final battle and I was left with the feeling that she could probably faced the monster single-handed if she had had the inclination.
In terms of character, the novel is also a bit varied. The three protagonists - Marion, Zoey and Val - are all brilliantly strong characters and have wonderfully unique voices. Their past experiences play heavily into their development, which focuses on themes of grief, revenge and forgiveness. They also present a wonderfully diverse selection as Zoey an asexual person of colour, while Val and Marion explore their complex feelings for each other as the story progresses.
Yet the secondary cast is nowhere near as well fleshed out. While the female protagonists were permitted to be flawed Grayson - the one "nice" male character - was presented as a flawless paragon of virtue. A lot of the other supporting cast equally 2-dimensional, ranging from Marion's mother (whose grief seems to dissipate after a while) to a whole cult of men who believe that women are too weak and flawed to be of any value.
All in all, I did enjoy this story and was glad that I chose it as one of my Halloween reads. While not a perfect book, it was very eerie and gave me a lot of food for thought. I will definitely be looking out for more work by this author in the future.
A fantastic story told in a touching and loving way against the backdrop of a secret battle of girls vs girl-eating demons on Earth.
Great book for anyone!