The Devourers

320p. ebook available. Ballantine/Del Rey. Jul. 2016. Tr $26. ISBN 9781101967515.
Told through transcription, flashbacks, and beautiful language, this novel subverts the typical werewolf story to weave an elaborate narrative built on history and mythology, creating an impressive and gripping work of fantasy. Filled with violence and love, this tale moves beyond expectations of the genre. Readers will dive head first into the plot along with Alok, a college professor who meets a man who relates an odd series of accounts, and will become obsessed with each and every turn. Covering a myriad of topics, including rape and violence, this title will appeal to mature teens who will appreciate the depth and honesty of Das's captivating writing. However, many will be unwilling to follow through to the finish. Alok's adventures are not for the squeamish; Das's descriptions are unrelenting.
VERDICT A lyrical and unique offering that may entice more sophisticated readers, this unusual work will likely be beyond the scope of most teens.

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