“See, the absolute truth is people do kill people. A gun just makes it easier.”
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Ellen Hopkins, People Kill People, comes at a time of rapidly accumulating violence, hate and racism in the United States. It’s a timely read that flows smoothly through several different characters, and their experiences, feelings and contact with firearms. The narrative of this story starts out as someone selling a gun online, and the premise is that by the end of the story, someone will be dead, due to this gun, or a gun. Throughout the novel I really believed that it would be one of two characters, however, I was completely wrong. I enjoyed the speculation this book made me dig through, a very interesting read for sure, and very relevant in today’s culture of gun violence. Parts of the story made my stomach turn, mainly when it comes to the character of Silas, as he is a white supremacist. The way this characters mind worked was truly frightening, and even more so when you think about that fact that there are actual people out there who act and feel this way about others, simply because of their race or religion. People who believe whole heartedly that an amendment made 100 years ago when it took 30 seconds to reload a gun, can still stand the test of time. Ellen Hopkins is a truly fantastic writer, I hope to get to more of her novels soon.
A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?
One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?