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A searing novel in verse, taking poetry to dark new places. Sixty seconds of action. A book that’ll stick in your head for a lifetime. Will is in a gang. He’s in a lift. He’s got a gun. He’s ready to shoot it. His brother’s been murdered. Will knows the next steps. Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn’s gun, ready to follow The Rules. But when the lift door opens, Buck walks in: Will’s dead friend. Then in comes Dani, who was shot years before that. Suddenly, all the dead folk from Will’s past are piling into the lift. And they want a word with him…
- Winner of Newbery Honor and Printz Honor medals
- A scorching look at poverty and teen gang violence
- Told in stark free verse and moody charcoal drawings
- Jason Reynolds is a hugely acclaimed poet and author
“Spanning a mere one minute and seven seconds, Reynolds’ new free-verse novel is an intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger. Reynolds’ concise verses echo like shots against the white space of the page.” Booklist
“Jason Reynolds is a literary genius … A masterpiece from beginning to end.” Angie Thomas
*Please note this book contains mature content and language more suitable for older readers.
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