Zed

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Zed is having a bad day. She's twelve and there's someone around who's killing kids, which she doesn't have time for. Today, she's already knifed a rapist, traded with half the drunks and addicts in town, talked to the dead, bargained with a sociopath, and extracted crucial information from a mental patient - and she hasn't even left the building. Welcome to what Whitbread Prize winner Lindsay Clarke has called ''a nightmare world which I am trying to escape, but cannot. ''Welcome to the Tower, an urban development project no city wants to lay claim to; a place to steer clear of if at all possible, but if you can't, you'll fit right in. Zed is a vivid, claustrophobic, at times nightmarish novel about madness, survival, and crumbling institutions; it is Moby Dick set in the squalor of an inner city, where rules are abandoned, and it's every man (and young girl) for him or herself. In the spirit of J.G. Ballard's High Rise or Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory, Zed depicts a frenzied underworld; it is a novel of verve and feverish, expansive imagination.
 

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This is a hard book to review for me as I'm a big fan of Elizabeth McClung and regularly read her blog. That means I'm probably horribly biased. That said, I did enjoy this book. Zed is a novel set in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
30
Section 3
49
Section 4
74
Section 5
85
Section 6
106
Section 7
129
Section 8
153
Section 12
243
Section 13
264
Section 14
275
Section 15
293
Section 16
320
Section 17
347
Section 18
378
Section 19
381

Section 9
179
Section 10
201
Section 11
234
Section 20
383
Section 21
384
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About the author (2010)

Elizabeth McClung has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. She currently lives in Cardiff, Wales.

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