Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds
Teenage violence has become a brutal truth in today’s developed countries. The newspapers are replete with the incidents involving teenagers venting their fury at the innocent people who have absolutely nothing to do with the string of events that irked the psychopath. It’s a savage neighbourhood with savage rules. People around here don’t cry or brood over the sudden, sad happenings. They just claim the lives of the guilty. Shawn too picks up the cudgels and prepares to get even with the one who murdered Shawn. He has a strange way of pulling the act through. He takes the elevator downward. As the elevator descends down the building, a strange coincidence happens. As the lift stops on each floor, various people walk in. The common thread that runs among all of them is that each one of them has some or the other connection with Shawn. They all lineup and each has his own story to tell. Read on as the novel progresses. The undertones of the dark brutal truth come to the fore: Nobody is safe as the teenage crime hogs the limelight and robs many people of their right to live. A commendable, e ngrossing book right from the page 1.