The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It's an odd book when the sympathetic character is the one in prison and the one you really don't like is the one on the outside, isn't it? On the one hand, we have Amber, in a maximum security version of juvenile detention, a book lover and loner who just wants to get through the day, week, year and has what appears to be a nice streak. And on the other, Violet who has ego to spare, a ballet dancer convinced she's the next prima assoluta at NYCB. They never meet, because in Violet's timeline, Amber has been dead three years. The tie is Orianna, Amber's friend, who three years earlier is sentenced to the prison that houses Amber. Ori's voice is the one thing that is seriously missing here and as much as I hate the newfound love of multiple narrators, in this case it would have led to an even stronger book (particularly at the end).