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The Cruelty: a gripping, high-octane thriller for fans of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by [Bergstrom, Scott]
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The Cruelty is the first book from a groundbreaking new YA voice: an utterly compelling thriller.

When Gwendolyn Bloom realizes that her father has been kidnapped, she has to take matters into her own hands. She traces him from New York City across the dark underbelly of Europe, taking on a new identity to survive in a world of brutal criminal masterminds. As she slowly leaves behind her schoolgirl self, she realizes that she must learn the terrifying truth about herself. To overcome the cruelty she encounters, she must also embrace it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1024 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (9 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Reads an assessment task that came out of a "YA Novel Writing" course at the local community centre, held every Tuesday night at 7:45pm. Except- not the submitted copy, but like, one of the draft copies that is handed back with lacklustre feedback from the tutor saying something like, "Coming along nicely, Scott" , and maybe with some (not all) of the spelling and grammar errors marked up, and maybe, like, a scribble in the corner, from where the tutor checked if his/her pen was really out of ink.

P.s. my review title is a clever nod to the cleverclever Camus reference that bookends the first chapter.
But really, this book is so bad i am wondering if its author is really just the same person who wrote the "my immortal" fanfic, having moved onto more elaborate book-related tomfoolery
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“A woman who seeks to rise in this world must be crueller than even men.”

Yes! Kill them, kill them all Gwendolyn. Oops sorry, that wasn’t me, it was The Cruelty inside me.

We (the reader) follow 17-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom as she goes through the process of; finding out her dad is missing, finding out what her father did for work wasn’t what she thought it was, finding out who she can and cannot trust, and finding out what she is truly capable of.

We watch Gwendolyn harden and evolve as she unearths and follows clues about the whereabouts of her father and the real reason behind his disappearance. Her journey takes her from New York, to Paris, to Berlin, to Prague, to her own personal Hell and back again.

I really enjoyed this book. I am confident I could give this book to my 78-year-old crime thriller loving grandfather and he’d devourer it. I confident that even in my early teens I would have enjoyed this book. Scott Bergstrom has written a captivating story that I think teens and adults alike will eat up greedily.

I loved that Gwendolyn wasn’t instantly a super spy /ninja assassin extraordinaire. She wasn’t a natural born killer, she made mistakes, had regrets, got herself in and out of trouble, needed help and knew when and when not to use the help offered – but ultimately, I loved that she got the job done like a boss, like a badass bitch.

“…if no one else is going to act for me, then I have a choice: remain a child and do nothing, or become an adult and do it myself. That, it seems to me, is the difference between the child and the adult, the difference between the girl hunted by wolves and the woman who hunts them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The top shelf just got a bit wider. 30 April 2017
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“Gwendolyn Bloom! Paging Gwendolyn Bloom!” This is how author Bergstrom provides the earliest interaction with his lead character, and the introduction of a central theme in his excellent – “The Cruelty” . . . A question from her teacher, what might Camus have meant by, “The benign indifference of the world?”

World Literature as taught within the confines of the Danton Academy – an exclusive private high school in New York City. Gwen, her mind elsewhere, stumbles for an answer. Though her reverie was not of the average, teenage angst variety. She has been thinking of her father and mother – the former as today is his birthday; the later since it is the anniversary of her death. Murdered at the hands of a group of Algerian men when Gwen, her mother, and the only “Dad she’s ever known” accidentally drove into the middle of a “beef” between a group of protesting men and the local military police. This is, to be sure, a lousy day.

Gwen, the reserved 17-year-old daughter of a career State Department diplomat – a condition that marks her as one of the school’s “Five Per-centers”. A “Diplobrat”, and “pretentious snob” in the eyes of her classmates, themselves an insular collection of the wealthy, overprotected children of – if not the best and brightest – certainly the richest and most entitled.

Gwen, the introvert – fails to defend herself physically from a slap by one of her classmates; the quintessential “mean girl” of high schools the world over. Her verbal defense, in French - but of course, gets her suspended – putting a damper on the evening birthday celebration she had planned for her father.

Gwen’s life has been a bubble. Protected in the loving relationships she has with her father and the elderly couple who are their landlords and friends. Still, bubbles like all good things, must come to an end.

Her father must leave the next day on yet another diplomatic trip, and “Pop goes reality”. Dad is missing and after the usual assurances from The Department of State . . . nothing. It might well be that he has vanished so completely, perhaps by choice, that his trail is cold as ice. Or not. What she learns in short order is that DAD isn’t with the D.O.S., but rather the C.I.A., and despite the somber expressions of concern she is beginning to fear – those in charge of the search might well be indifferent.

She is left with nothing but a blend of worry –this is all a ridiculous dream; am I now an orphan – shock and confusion as friends and distant family members reach out to help. Gwen, now doubting everyone, is torn between the warmth of a hug, and the desire to tell them to mind their business and take a hike.

With the few bits and pieces of information she is able to believe Gwen knows one thing – she is on her own. Where to begin is where Dad seems to have ended. This won’t be an innocent abroad – more a Frommer’s Guide to not getting killed by the worst and lowest that Europe has to offer.

Bergstrom has delivered this with an enviable sense of timing and tension. Crisp and certain dialogue which takes Gwen from introversion to determination. From the girl who couldn’t dodge a slap from a well heeled brat to a more worldly, tough and wise young woman who does, with a smile, assure a deadly adversary, “I’m every bit the devil you imagined”.

That’s as much as I can say without spoiling things. Sure, the world certainly does seem indifferent at times – but get yourself a copy of “The Cruelty” – you won’t be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 March 2017
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I really loved this (audio) of my favorites, I hope he writes another!!
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 2 May 2017
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great book along the lines of dragon tattoo
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 15 March 2017
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Saw the book on Pinterest and picked it up. Great construction and story line. The plot is tight and a lot of interesting twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic novel. Fast-paced and exciting 14 February 2017
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Fantastic novel. Fast-paced and exciting, with a great main character. I loved seeing Gwen's transformation from someone who was so passive she wouldn't defend herself into someone who would take great risks, and hurt people, in order to protect the ones she cared about. She had a really good voice too--a little bit of snark, but not so much that it got obnoxious.

Supporting characters, like the Mossad agent Yael and the monster gangster, slaver, and gun-runner Bohdan really help flesh out the book. Yael is the perfect blend of supportive and no-nonsense, and I loved the scenes of her training Gwen. Bohdan, on the other hand, is a total monster, and it was incredible reading about Bloom slowly working to gain his trust and infiltrate his organization. The worldbuilding was also extraordinary, and I liked how the different environments (Paris, Berlin, and Prague) were all drawn as rich and distinct places.

Couple of small complaints. I didn't like the bit with Tarot near the end; this was a 'real-world' book up until that point and so the idea that maybe Tarot readings actually work in this book didn't mesh with that in my mind. And I do think Bloom near the end was a little more adapt with weapons and poison than she should have been. But these are small points; the book as a whole was still incredibly enjoyable.

Highly recommended!