Review: Vigilante by Kady Cross


Series : N/A

Publisher : by HQ Young Adult

Source : Publisher

Release Date : July 18th 2017


A brutally honest, uncompromising story about a teen girl who decides to take matters into her own hands.

It’s senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend’s attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own.

Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley’s revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can’t turn back from?

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Vigilante was unexpected surprise from Cross.   Cross has always been known to me as the author who writes wonderful Steampunk YA so this was complete left turn from her. The first standalone novel from her and addressing  a  couple of realistic issues that have been in the headlines .

I have been sitting on this review for a little while. Purely because I didn’t expect this book to resonate so much with me and I love the concept. Yes I have read books that deal  with suicide and rape in YA.  Vigilante was on another level. This was a close  look at the issue and  is told perspective of Hadley our protagonist who  was left to  carry the pieces after her friend  Magda  commits suicide.

Hadley is a typical teenager but ever since last Halloween where Madga was raped and the aftermath. Madga wasn’t the same. Her rape was played out all on social media and real life .  The pressure she was getting from everyone got to her and Madga decided to commit suicide.  Leading up to  this point where Hadley decides that she needs to take things into her  own hands.

See Hadley feels guilty over the whole situation as she didn’t exactly believe Magda’s story and it added to the  pain Madga had. As she thought  it was a bit of mistake. She thought it wasn’t rape . She just  thought it was a consensual experience gone wrong.  A  typical response from someone who doesn’t know how to handle the situation due to a lack of understanding . So Hadley sees this a chance to redeem  herself and seek forgiveness for what she said  even though it is too late for Madga.

This where the story takes shape as Hadley sets upon to do just that. Armed with some  ideas and nothing else. She sets out  to do just so but revenge is never the solution to easing guilt .  This is the problem with this idea.  As any reasonable thinking person would  think this out. However  Hadley  isn’t and this where the book really starts to take shape and delve into the grey area

It turns into a  twisted game that can’t be stop. No one knows what is  going on exactly except Madga’s brother  who  isn’t too keen on the idea but sees what Hadley is trying to do.

However  when lines become blurred and revenge turns into a crazy legend. You have to wonder is this going to far.  I know it isn’t perfect.  Hadley  had a idea that seems  perfect on paper but  reality is things would never gone that way.  I  understand the pain and suffering Hadley had over the choices and mistakes she made.  But still it was wrong the way she went around things. It was conflicting and whilst this book did challenge perspectives on things and raised a couple of important issues into the spotlight. It wasn’t perfect in its representation.  I almost cringed at times at the decisions Hadley made in this twisted game.  As it came to feel like a game to me, she was toying with people and doing things  that would made her as bad as the person who raped her friend.

Vigilance has a powerful message never the less and whilst I feel this message needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Cross did write a book that was entertaining  even though it had it problems.  I like the concept even though I don’t agree with the methods of revenge.



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