Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Review: White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock
Published by: Walker Books
Released: 3rd May 2018
Page Count: 400
Edition: Paperback
Genre: YA Thriller
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I received a proof copy of this book from my local Waterstones as part of our YA Book Club so thank you to them and Walker Books.

Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked. 

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine. Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength.
Thoughts


I'm not usually a big fan of YA Thriller's but when I heard about White Rabbit Red Wolf I was instantly intrigued. From early reviews it seemed like this book was going to one to talk about and I found myself wanting to desperately read it. Luck would have it at my YA book club at my local Waterstones we were each given a proof copy of a book to take room and review and low and behold I got White Rabbit Red Wolf. 

Teenager and maths prodigy Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and suffers from severe panic attacks. To help combat these attacks he finds comfort in the logical world of mathematics and the love of his family; his scientist mum and his wild twin sister, Bel, as well as his only friend, Ingrid. When his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister no where to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of violence where family and state secrets combine. Equipped with only his incredible analytical skills, Peter may just find out that his biggest weakness is in fact his greatest strength.

I'm going to be honest..I really wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I found a lot of the plot to be all over the place and at times rather confusing.There was too much going on at each time and this did put me off continuing reading. Also, as someone who isn't mathematical minded at all I found that a lot of the maths references went over my head and I couldn't understand them at all. This did suck the enjoyment out of reading the book for me as I wanted to be able to follow the plot to the tee but due to these issues that didn't happen. Mind you, the twists and turns and a few shocking reveals throughout the story did manage to pull my interest back and keep me reading.

What else kept me engaged in the story was how it brought the topic of mental health to the forefront of our minds. As someone who suffers from anxiety I found it really easy to relate to Peter, our main character because of this concept. Having characters in YA who suffer from a mental illness makes me feel like I'm not alone and I always develop bonds with the characters, just like I did with Peter. I found myself feeling rather protective of him and at times I did just want to give him a big hug. Hopefully his character will help others get help with regards to their mental health.

Staying with characters there was a big mix of them in White Rabbit Red Wolf some I liked, some I really didn't and some I grew fond of. Bel was one of those characters that was very complex - you learnt more about her as the story went on and some things were shocking (I won't say what though because of spoilers) and despite this I felt sorry for her in a way. I also found myself not connecting to their mother - Dr Blankman at all. I just found her to be an awful character. 

For me White Rabbit Red Wolf was an average read and I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought. However, if you are a big fan of YA Thrillers and understand mathematics you will enjoy this.




Author Bio

Tom is a long-time fan of science fiction and fantasy, and has failed spectacularly to grow out of his obsession with things that don’t, in the strictest sense of the word, exist. He studied Philosophy and Economics at Edinburgh University. He now lives and works in London helping to build very big ships.


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