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Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace, reviewed by Patrick Ness

Out of Shadows isn't perfect - the plotting is often unsubtle and occasionally unconvincing, particularly a final swerve into thriller territory; adults are implausibly absent at almost all stages; and the full psychology of Robert's seduction into and journey out of Ivan's brand of hatred isn't as nuanced as it really needs to be - but there is terrible power here. Wallace has paid his readers the compliment of not looking away, of reporting what he sees as he sees it, which is what any artist does.

Even for an age group that prizes bleakness, this is a harrowing read, with no punches pulled on excessive profanity or shocking violence. This is certainly not a book for younger readers, but even with its rough edges, it's a powerful, devastating read for older teens. PATRICK NESS

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