A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
All the Wind in the World is set on a ranch in the drought-ravaged Southwest and presents a detailed picture of the area's geography.
Playing with people's emotions is a dangerous game. Listening to gossip can have tragic results. The book raises questions about love and loyalty.
Positive Role Models
Sarah Jac and James have to live by their wits in order to survive, but they also take advantage of people they can manipulate. They end up hurting each other in ways unimaginable at the start of the novel. Sarah Jac is the one who sees most acutely the suffering around them.
Violence & Scariness
Living conditions on the ranch are brutal. Supporting characters die in a public execution. A swarm of bees attacks the workers, and in their panic, some of the ranch hands turn on each other. A major character is fatally slashed with a blade.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sarah Jac and James pretend to be cousins, but they are a romantic couple and are presumably physically intimate. In the course of the novel, they share a few passionate embraces, but the descriptions are not graphic.
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Occasional strong language, with multiple uses of "s--t," "f--k," "bitch," "damn," and "pissed."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Sarah Jac, James, and their co-workers get drunk on tequila and mescal on a couple of occasions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All the Wind in the World, by Samantha Mabry (A Fierce and Subtle Poison), is a romance set in a futuristic desert wasteland. The main characters are on the run from accusations of murder. They share a few passionate embraces, and there are hints they have sex, but it's not described. The violent scenes -- a public execution, a murder, two attacks by swarms of bees -- may disturb some readers. There's occasional strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k").
Is It Any Good?
This book's distinctive setting distinguishes it from the run-of-the-mill, and its landscape, beaten down by the sun and the wind, mirrors the storm at the heart of the main characters' romance. Author Samantha Mabry keeps the stakes in All the Wind in the World at the level of life and death. And her characters are as vivid and as gritty as the terrain they traverse. Her prose is rich and evocative without seeming overwritten. The plot will keep readers guessing, and some may find the ending unsettling. This stand-alone slice of magical realism is likely to enchant a wide range of readers.
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