The Cruelty By Scott Bergstrom
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends (first published 2014)
Goodreads Summary: When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.
Review: Hmm what to say about this book… I received it from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and I agreed to read it before I found out about all of the controversy surrounding this author and his comments about YA. When an author writes a YA novel and proceeds to throw the entire genre under the bus, it’s hard to not take that personal as a reader who loves YA. Despite this, I tried to go in with an open mind. The premise sounded intriguing and reminded me of a reverse Taken. That being said… This book was just blah. Everything felt extremely flat, especially when it came to the main character, Gwendolyn. The author portrays her as the plain Jane who thinks she is unattractive, but as she begins her quest, she gets fit and fierce. The dangerous scenarios that Gwendolyn finds herself in resolve themselves quickly and easily. Certain events and settings were overexplained, while others left me wondering what the heck was going on.
There are just too many things working against this book, including the fact that it’s just not a good book.