Long Way Down
Reynolds’ (Miles Morales, 2017) new free-verse novel is an intense snapshot spanning sixty potent seconds. Will Holloman, 15, is immobilized with grief after his older brother Shawn is shot and killed while buying soap for their mother. According to the well-established Rules of the neighborhood, it’s now Will’s job to kill the person responsible. He easily locates Shawn's gun, tucks it into his waistband and leaves his family’s eighth-floor apartment. But it’s a long way down to the ground floor. At every stop Will is joined by someone who was killed by the chain of violence that took his brother’s life. As the seconds tick by and floors count down, each new occupant reveals their own perspective of The Rules and pushes Will to examine what he intends to do and what it will accomplish.