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In Blue Running, we meet young Bluebonnet, Blue for short, and the Texas she lives in. This Texas has separated itself from the rest of the nation. Everyone fourteen and older is required to carry a firearm. Blue is fourteen and unhappy with what she sees in her life. It's a coming of age story, if that story included consequences for not having a gun in your pocket. Seemingly everything is controlled. Controlled or too expensive for someone as poor as Blue to own.
Just as Stephens offers the vernacular in her writing to reflect that of a young Texan, the narrator, Ashley Rose Kaplan, does the same in the inflections in her voice. Her narrating style truly brings out the character of Blue and the background of a dystopian Texas.
Stephens' writing reflects much of what is happening right now with Texas politics and the horrifying ordeals we've had to witness over the years - ever increasing with each passing day it seems. Some might see the benefits in the would-be future described in Blue Running, but I see a lesson. I see a would-be horror story with no end. Stephens does a wonderful job in making the reader think and hearing this all narrated adds a special punch to the story. Truly not a story for the weak at heart. Readers should expect suspense and thrills - and inevitable urge to think. Think think think.
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