by Raymond Radiguet translated by Christopher Moncrieff
Although the 1930’s mini challenge has come to an end, when I spotted this book at work I thought it might fit, and wanted to read more books of that time. Of course then I read the details and discovered that it was actually written earlier than that… Oh well :)
The devil in the flesh created quite a bit of a scandal when it was published, semi-autobiographical, the author wrote it from the age of sixteen to eighteen, after his own affair with a married woman. And that, my dears, is the central theme to this book. In fact, it is the end all and the be all of everything in this book. Our 15/16 year old narrator’s affair with a married woman. And I found that incredibly off-putting.
Author: Carrie Ryan
Sequel to The forest of hands and teeth
All her life Gabrielle has grown up sheltered by the Barrier. It protects the town of Vista from the Mudo, the zombies, or the unconsecrated. But one night she allows herself to be persuaded that sneaking out, just once, couldn’t do any harm. That there are so few of the Mudo around that they’ll be fine. And Catcher is there, the boy she fancies. But that decision costs the teenagers dear. Some are killed, others turned or infected, and the rest face punishment for risking the whole town. Apart from Gabry, she wasn’t caught, at least not physically, but now she has to face up to the reality of her situation.
Locked in darkness that surrounded me like a coffin, I had nothing to distract me from my memories. Vivid recollections waited to ambush me whenever my mind wandered.
The monarchy of Ixia has recently been overthrown by Commander Ambrose and is now ruled by the Code of Behaviour. Punishments are absolute; there is no leeway or excuse that will save you if you break the rules, whether you simply didn’t wear the correct uniform or killed someone. So Yelena expects nothing but a hanging after she killed the son of a high ranking General. But she is offered a slight chance when she is given the choice of either accepting her hanging or becoming the food-taster for the Commander. She accepts the position, and so is poisoned to ensure her loyalty, she’ll need access to the antidote that only Valek, the Commander’s second-in-command can provide.