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Middleton local paper review

Review from Middleton local.


"Manchester is experiencing a grim time, with girl gangs running the streets, sneering and dangerous. Webb brings this trans-gender versionof Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange upto date and into a frighteningly near futurescape. And like Burgess, Webb isalso a native of Manchester - orMadchester as she describes her one-time buzzing city of the same name. Violence and sex coincides with blunt teenage realism, philosophy, drug-taking and a strong self-determinism. In Webb's world girl gangs are best, boy gangs are just dim baby-men. The vocabulary is novel too. Words are created which become meaningful as the reader gets further into the story. Gang leaderette Alex runs her four member, boiler-suit wearing Grrrlz on a ruthless rampage through the city. Their secret weapon is a silver butterfly clip in their sraped-back hair. The clip also doubles as a razor-sharp blade for when they get into the numerous mini-wars they love so much. One could never describe Alex's 'sistaz'as being wild or feral. They are intelligent, strong and fierce, using graceful ballet moves when they fight. With the Grrrlz, Webb brings a new meaning to girl power. In another strata of this uncomfortable society are people from the Blyton district - a swipe at the privileged and superfluous literature of old, and indeed a criticism ofthe meaningless writings collectively knownas chick-lit. This is where people attend the old university and learn how to "boss people about". There is an also a critical undercurrent running through, disdainful of the cult of celebrity and tabloid shock-jocks. And in the midst of all this Alex must face up to the powers imposed by a totalitarian state."

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