Aggie is fifteen, a ‘sub’ from a ‘sub’ family, one of Texas’ downtrodden. Her father and brother enact that ‘sub’-ness on her, week in, week out. She has only the vaguest notion that there is something wrong with the abuse she endures and instead dreams of the outside world.
And then one day, Aggie walks out, and like the armadillos that flourish in Texas’ barren landscape, she is a survivor…
In her escape, she gravitates to those who are just as maltreated as her. They offer Aggie the sense of family, albeit a thoroughly dysfunctional one, that she’s been searching for. But when she gets embroiled in a crisis involving stolen money, Aggie soon realises there are some problems you can’t run away from.
Armadillos is a coming of age story that makes for quite a dark and deep read.
Aggie has suffered years of abuse and at the age of fifteen she decides to up and leave. What follows is a story of trying to put distance between the years of suffering and a journey of self discovery. But can you ever out run your past?
Even though Aggie has set off for a better life, I don’t think she really finds it. She learns quite quickly that she needs to be self reliant and not to trust anyone. It isn’t long before she stumbles upon a girl that has obviously had it as tough as her and she is introduced to a bunch of misfits that all squat in the same house.
I have to say I never really gelled with any of the characters in this story. Even though I felt sorry for Aggie as well as her friend Freak, I just couldn’t quite take to them. I just would have thought that where a storyline that heavily features abuse (which tells you enough without going into any great detail) that I would have had more empathy for Aggie and her friend, but I didn’t.
Armadillos is the authors debut novel. It is a well written story though due to the characters I wasn’t as grabbed by the whole novel as much as I would have liked to have been. It is still a decent and steady read though and look forward to more by the author.
Many thanks to Legend Press for an advanced readers copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.
Armadillos is out today and is available from Amazon.