“Trash” Book Review

“Trash” Book Review

Trash. Andy Mulligan. Ember.

I hadn’t heard about this book or the author until a friend of mine gave me this book. Although it isn’t a really popular book, it is an entertaining one. The novel is written in a really intriguing way; it is narrated in a way that every character takes a turn to write what happened. This gives us different perspectives of the same events and at the same time the author could tackle different events happening at the same time. I really enjoyed how the author portrayed emotions in an abundantly real way. Emotions of fear, relief, love, excitement, and happiness were portrayed in a surreal way: it felt as if you were on the journey with the children. One of the most interesting things about the book is the setting. It brings the reader to a whole new unexplored world. A world that the reader most probably has never imagined: that of a huge dumpster full of inhabitants. The author went to extreme measures with the vivid details about the environment of the story. The story revolves around how corrupt the government actually is. Set in an imaginary country in South America, the story began with one of the main characters Raphael who goes around the dumpsite doing what he does best, sorting trash. But this day was an exceptional day, an extraordinary one; he found the impossible, a small bag with a key and a big amount of money inside. This turned Raphael and his friend’s lives upside down as the police was looking for the same bag. What was most shocking about this story was how realistic the events were. In one scene, the police investigate Raphael, as they thought –and truly so- that he knew where the bag was. The force and brutalism the police used was an expected result of a corrupt government, but the most realistic part of this event was when they threatened Raphael by telling him that they would throw him out of the window and actually executed the act. The author portrayed Raphael in the exact psychological matter a normal 14 year old boy would react to such an act: scream, cry, and pee his pants. Although most authors would have dissed the part about the urination, Andy Mulligan decided to make the story as realistic as possible, and I respect him for that. The story was extremely thrilling and attracting, I would rate it an 8/10.

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