Sunday, April 22, 2012

Kill Switch: By Chris Lynch



(Before reading the summary, read the review, as I advocate for not reading the summary and instead just buying the book.) 

All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather’s dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold—people he’s killed, countries he’s overthrown—old work “friends” show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police (and possibly something worse) before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.


Don’t read the back of this book, just buy it and enjoy the ride.

If you read the back of this book, you’ll give away some of the shocking secrets and ruin some of the beauty that comes from learning these secrets firsthand.

That said even if you do read the back of the book, it’s still worth buying.

Kill Switch is shocking and well written.

That sums up the book pretty succinctly, and explains why you should go out and buy it right now.

The connection between Daniel and his grandfather is just as beautiful as the metamorphosis of the characters is staggering. Even though the book is short it is defiantly worth the time and money. Chris Lynch just does such a fantastic job creating gut-wrenching situations in the most common places, while at the same time keeping the reader at the edge of their seat because of the shocking truths learned along the way.

All in all, the characters are beautifully written, the plot touching and invigorating, and the evolution of the characters and consequences from this evolution just knocks the air from your lungs leaving you shocked and dumbfounded. A must read for anyone, period. 

9 out of 10


Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Published: April 17, 2012

Price: $16.99

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