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Six of Crows ~ Leigh Bardugo

January 11, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
480 pages
ISBN: 9781627792127
Source: Amazon

I have been throwing my heart all over great ensembles, lately, and I am so glad that I get to add Leigh Bardugo’s band of misfits to those ranks.

Bardugo, herself, cites Ocean’s Eleven as one of the catalysts for Six of Crows, so I went into the book with that lens. And that isn’t an inaccurate description of the bare bones. I always love stories that revolve around a single idea that can be spun and woven into a snowball of characters and events. I love the process of assembling or re-assembling a team, of a crew coming together from various corners of the city or earth.

I’m an athlete at heart so, hey, can you blame me for loving a good rallying cry?

You’re sensing a “but” and it’s coming but it’s a good one.

While Six of Crows is, in fact, a great team building, heart racing, heist story, it is also so much more than that. Bardugo manages to weave in elements of addiction, substance abuse, sex trafficking, free will, slavery, and prejudice within the otherwise jaunty adventure.

I know what you’re thinking. I’m a social worker and I will imagine those themes in places where they aren’t. But, really, the social justice aspects and mental health threads thick throughout are really there and, for me, those heavier elements are the things that made this book a slam dunk.

I’m on to the second book and I highly recommend this one.

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