I read ALL THE CASTLES BURNED by Michael Nye last month (September) as its been sitting on my TBR pile for sometime now. I was so happy to be gifted this book by Turner Publishers. While it took me a little while to get to it, it was quite an enjoyable read
This is Michael Nye’s debut novel.
All The Castles Burned by Michael Nye
Overview – Spoiler Alert: Low
When Owen Webb, the son of working-class parents, receives a scholarship to the prestigious Rockcastle Preparatory Academy, the mysterious and enigmatic Carson Bly, an upperclassman from a wealthy and powerful family, befriends him. Their friendship, deepened through a love of basketball, becomes an obsession for Owen who is desperate to avoid the growing trouble at home between his parents. When Owen’s father is arrested for a shocking and unexpected crime, his family is torn apart, and Owen’s anger and fear are carefully manipulated by Carson’s mercurial and increasingly dangerous personality. Owen, who has fallen in love with Carson’s beautiful but troubled sister, quickly finds himself caught up in a complex web of lies that threatens his once promising future.
Review – Spoiler Alert: Low
All the Castles Burned is a coming of age story that at times felt more like a character study. Nye transports the reader to prep school in the nineties and highlights social class, male friendship, absent and distant parents, sports in the lives of young men, and the effects of rash behavior. My only ‘complaint’ for lack of a better word, was that it talked a little bit too much about basketball for my liking but it didn’t put me off the story generally speaking.
It was interesting to read a book, and coming of age story from a male’s point of view but I missed the plot if there was one, and I felt like the book left me hanging – there was no resolution.
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