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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Scarboys is a work of fiction in the dystopian, action, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author A. J. Smee. The work is intended for both the mature young adult and adult reading audiences and contains some valuable thinking matter on climate change philosophy as its basis for dystopia. Our protagonist is Nestor Hardy, who navigates dangerous ground when he finds himself alone without support and seeking a cure for his life-threatening illness. Determined to find answers, Nestor makes friends and enemies along the way, whilst also avoiding a vicious child hunter who knows all too well how valuable children are in this cruel new world.
Author A. J. Smee has crafted a thrilling and sinister work of dystopian fiction with plenty of twists, excitement, and interesting content to offer readers from all walks of life. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was its emotional quality, which builds very slowly at the opening of the tale as there are a lot of concepts to pack in, but the more you get to know Nestor and his new friends, the more painfully attached you become to them. When danger hits – and it hits plenty in this cut-throat dystopian imagining – there are some really cinematically described climaxes that put my heart in my mouth. The Children Y were a particular heart-string tugging group, and so distinctly characterized and well thought out. Overall, I would highly recommend Scarboys to fans of high-concept storytelling, action-packed drama, and dystopian fiction readers everywhere.