Blade: Cutting Loose by Tim Bowler

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Blade: Cutting Loose by Tim Bowler

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Category: Teens
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jill Murphy
Reviewed by Jill Murphy
Summary: Penultimate instalment of this wonderful and original series. Bookbag is as addicted as ever. Blade is finished, but his enemy is just getting started...
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 160 Date: April 2010
Publisher: OUP
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 0192756001

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Cutting Loose is the seventh book about Blade, the fourteen-year-old anti-hero who has unerring skill with a knife and a past that won't let him go. Blade is coming to the edge of his resources and he can't go on for much longer. He has done all he can to expose uber-villain Hawk - rescued Jaz, talked to the police, given up his carefully-hidden evidence, set a gang war in motion in the Beast. It's not enough, but it's the best he could do and now he just wants out.

Ruby doesn't think it's good enough though, and she prevents Blade from throwing himself off a bridge and into Mother Grime. Chicken bastard! she calls him, and Blade knows she's right. So he hauls himself back and tries to do something better, to be someone who can go some way to making up for the loss of Becky. But Hawk is still free. Still powerful. And his men are swarming the Beast, looking for the boy assassin and betrayer.

And they catch him...

I will let you into a secret: I shouldn't really be reviewing this book. We can't cover everything here at Bookbag, and seventh books in series are way down the pecking order in terms of priorities. I've covered everything you'd need to know in multiple previous reviews - see? There really isn't anything more to say. But I can't help it. I'm utterly, utterly addicted to Blade. I love the tension. I love the economy of words but complexity of plot. I love the lingo. I love the sheer rawness of it all. But most of all I love the way very serious issues are presented just as they are, with Bowler having total confidence in his readers - he trusts them to get it and form their own conclusions. There truly is nothing else like it on the bookshop shelves - I know, I know, I've said it several times before - and I think it's absolutely stupendous.

In this, penultimate instalment, Blade makes a real attempt to make emotional reparations as well as practical ones. It's hard and it's heartbreaking. And there's something awfully Hardyesque in the way his past just will not let him go.

Whatever happens, I shall cry after the next and last book, because it will all be over.

Every child should read these books.

My thanks to the good people at OUP for sending the book.

As I've said, there really isn't anything like this out there anywhere, but I think they might also enjoy Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip, the story of the aftermath of a fatal stabbing.

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