Review: Spray by Harry Edge

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Spray by Harry EdgeSpray by Harry Edge
Published by Macmillan on 2010-11-09
Genres: Action & Adventure, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-stars

A group of teens sign up for an assassination game on the streets of a big city. Their weapons: pressurized water guns. It’s meant to be a game, a sport. But for some, it’s more than harmless fun. To win, they’ll use  any  means necessary.Two hundred players. Three weeks of tense cat-and-mouse action. Every stalker is being stalked and only one player will be left standing. No one will be the same.Through multiple points of view, Harry Edge puts readers right in the middle of the action—watch your back!

Did anyone else play Assassin in college or at summer camp? I remember we tried to do this one year in my dorm and it lasted for about two weeks before falling apart, as more people were focused on going out/partying than playing Assassin. That and it’s not like we had a board up with players so we all kind of forgot who was still playing.

However, I know some people and some colleges take Assassin a bit more seriously and are a little more hardcore about it. Those who are more hardcore will certainly relate to and enjoy Spray. Basically the concept of Spray by Harry Edge is that spray is a game where it’s assassin but with water guns. FYI in the game, you get a card with the name and information about your victim. You then have to spray the victim with water. When sprayed, you must surrender your laminated card to your assassin. The winner is the person who ends up with their own card, because the only way you can get your card is when it is down to the last person.

Right-o. So Spray starts off with 200 registered players for the game. From there the players are offed right and left. ALSO we begin the book with a ton of alternating view-points. As we go further into the game/book, the number of viewpoints drops so we are more able to focus on a core group of players.  I’ve seen a few reviews that didn’t care for the multiple POVs because they are hard to follow.  I, personally, did not have a problem following the multiple points of views. Actually, I thought they made Spray a quicker read because there was so much action.

If you are looking for a book with action, then definitely read Spray. If you want a character study, then perhaps this is not the book for you. I enjoyed Spray on the whole, but mainly because sometimes I just want to read action books, and well, the reverse is also true. Sometimes I just want to read character books. So really, if you are in the mood for a lot of action and a kick back and enjoy the game type of book, you best pick up Spray.

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April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

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