Title: Bullet Catcher
Author: Joaquin Lowe
Published: February 4th, 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Find the Author: Goodreads
I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.
A coming-of-age tale reimagined as a searing Western epic.
In the small town of Sand, populated by gunslingers and surrounded by endless desert, Imma washes dishes and grieves for a life she never had. She and her brother, Nikko, dreamed of escaping to become bullet catchers, a legendary band of outlaws who can deflect bullets with their hands. But they were wiped out years ago, Nikko with them. And leaving is impossible when walking into the desert means certain death.
When she sees a stranger catch a man’s bullet and turn it back on him, Imma knows it can only mean one thing: the bullet catchers live on, and this is her way out.
Determined to follow him, Imma starts a journey that will take her to her physical extremes and force her to question just what family means and who she really is: bullet catcher or gunslinger; hero or monster
I’ve never read a YA Western before but just like that, they became one of the favourite genres of the YA world overnight. Reminding me of Rebel of the Sands, I knew that Bullet Catcher looked like an epic adventure inside the pages and with 4.10 Goodreads rating (which is amazing, by the way!) I was definitely looking forward to reading.
Imma is at a loss. In the small town, Sand, she is alone. Imma and her brother Nikko dreamed of running away and escaping to become bullet catchers, the heroes that would go down in history as the legends that could deflect bullets with their hands. But they were wiped out, Nikko too, even though he escaped with promises to return, and now going into the desert lands by herself would be like walking into a death trap. She had no choice but to stay and live out her days washing dishes and thinking about escaping, without being able to.
That’s until Imma spots a stranger catch someone’s bullet, turning it on him, and once she knows that, it became evidently clear that the bullet catchers do live on and she can grasp the hope of leaving Sand, again.
Bullet Catcher was just something else. With the world building, character conflicts and journey’s throughout the novel, it was unlike anything I’ve read before in a great way. I couldn’t put it down, turning pages like I was thrown inside the book and watching the plot from the sidelines. Not only were there plot twists I wasn’t expecting like in other books where they seem unsurprising, but there wasn’t even a need for romance in this novel because it was just that good that without the strings of romance, it still worked. There was more to Bullet Catcher than action, there was a ton of character development, mainly Imma, who’s journey throughout the book was believable and well written. The family aspect and the guardian/teacher and student relationship of training was written perfectly and was entirely believable. Just because there was action doesn’t mean there wasn’t emotion, which there was, and the mix of all these fresh, exciting plot points, Bullet Catcher just seemed to pave the way for writing it’s own five star review.
Overall, Bullet Catcher was a lively, immensely entertaining and highly addictive book for fans of YA Western, adventure and mystery. Joaquin did an amazing job of writing one of my favourite books of the year so far! I can’t wait to read more about the YA Western genre and see more to come from Joaquin in the future. Five stars completely.
YA Western and adventure/action/Dystopia.
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