The Alex Crow
The Alex Crow is more than just a title. It’s a motif. Ariel is a refugee whose decision to hide inside a refrigerator saved his life during a terrorist attack on his village. Jake and Natalie Burgess are Ariel’s American adoptive parents, and Max is his new American brother. Leonard Fountain is the melting man, who is being dutifully watched by Alex Division. Jake Burgess works for the Merrie-Seymour Research Group in the Alex Division, which specializes in de-extinction. This is where Alex, the Burgess’ bionic pet crow, is from. The Alex Crow was an expedition in 1880, where the explorers discovered The Siberian Ice Man, the first experiment in de-extinction.
For the most part, everyone we meet in The Alex Crow is connected to Alex Division in some way–the novel’s greatest conspiracy, which I thought was well developed. The story is engaging and I particularly liked how the various parts all come together. I wasn’t especially surprised by the ending, nor shocked by the final reveals of the novel which felt anticlimactic relative to the build-up. But, it is still a fun, unique read with passages of writing that made me laugh, that I would soon revisit and recommend to others.
Dutton Books for Young Readers