Scrapper

Scrapper

Book - 2015
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Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of Detroit known as "the zone," an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he's come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly takes on the responsibility of avenging the boy's unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past, his long-buried trauma, memories made dangerous again.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781616955212
161695521X
9781616955229
Branch Call Number: F BELL-M
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 22 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Scrapper has a wonderful premise: a scavenger in an abandoned city finds a kidnapped boy. What works extraordinarily well in this novel is the casting of Detroit as a character. Bell paints the city in such a manner that I found myself repeatedly looking up information about Detroit to better understand this city. He handles the city with affection and trepidation. I was scared of Detroit, but I understood why it was to be feared—it had been abused, abandoned, and forgotten. It's Bell's treatment of the setting that makes this city alive.

As the book proceeds, it does become largely psychological and I think it could've done with more solid story telling to back up what was going on in the mind of Kelly. Nevertheless, I was greatly impressed with Bell's writing and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.

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philbrown
Dec 27, 2015

Couldn't finish this book, very rare for me. Too repetitive, moves very slowly, annoying writing style (my opinion).

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