The Artful by Wilbert Stanton BLOG TOUR!

Title: The Artful (Shadows of the City #1)
Author: Wilbert Stanton 
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: May 27th 2014
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

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 New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.

Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels – their playground. They aren’t heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.

On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.
The classic tale of Robin Hood takes a dystopian twist as The Artful shows what the world may be in the distant future (2025 is NEAR! o.o)

Dodger and Twist were known as The Gutter Punks, thieves who steal medication drugs from the rich and give them to the poor not because of chivalry but because they want fame.
Until the meds they stole has wild implications for the both of them.

They take on an adventure that may cost them their lives.

I like Mr. Stanton's description of the world, particularly America in the book. The way it's describe makes it seem plausible to happen in the future as he depicts the crumbling of society. And yet, the hegemony of power remains as there is still a divide between the rich and the poor. 

Overall, this book focused on is the friendship between Dodger and Twist. I like them both and how they are with each other. They stuck together through thick and thin and despite an additional member to their crew, they respect each other's decision.The relationship between them goes to show that true friends can be a part of your family. They can love you like you are of the same blood.

That is why I have to have to have to read the second book in order to get the clarification I need to see with what actually happened to that particular character! (oops, sorry for the wee spoiler)

The Artful will take you on a roller coaster of emotions that would lead you craving the second book.

Wilbert Stanton was born and raised in New York City. From an early age, Wilbert decided he would either write books or take over the world; everything else was just a precursor to his end game.

Along the way, he has studied Psychology, English, and Computer Science. He’s held jobs in a wide range of fields and met people from all walks of life. Wilbert is constantly learning and growing as a person, in order to solidify his dreams.

In the end world domination was a bit tedious, so he decided to focus on writing books.
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  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :) I stopped by this weekend but I wasn't able to leave a comment then. I'm glad you liked the book, too, it sounds like something I,d enjoy as well I especially like the Robin Hood-like vibe these boys give out!

  2. Hey Giselle! Thanks for stopping by.
    Yes, it's a really great read and has quite a number of funny instances that made it quite enjoyable. Tell me if you'd read it :)