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After losing her boyfriend and partner in crime, Rust, during a tragic run-in with security, Metro moves to Berlin to start over. She finds a home in a grimy squat where she befriends other graffiti artists, and together they carry out aggressive attacks, bombing entire trains and buildings with fresh paint and achieving international notoriety by posting their hits onlineAfter losing her boyfriend and partner in crime, Rust, during a tragic run-in with security, Metro moves to Berlin to start over. She finds a home in a grimy squat where she befriends other graffiti artists, and together they carry out aggressive attacks, bombing entire trains and buildings with fresh paint and achieving international notoriety by posting their hits online.Adorning the attic of their squat is a wall-size piece by world-famous tagger Banksy depicting a silhouetted rat spraying a wall. It’s a hidden treasure amid the squalor. But when Metro comes home one day to find bodies—including one familiar face from her past—scattered around the building and the amazing mural missing entirely, she and her friends are forced into action. The piece turns up at auction for millions of dollars, and Metro must follow it to its new home in Kotka, Finland, a town she thought she had left behind for good.Up against the law and on the run from her personal demons, Metro has no choice but to seek justice with the only means she has: graffiti....

Title : The Girl and the Rat
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ISBN : 9781503953871
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Number of Pages : 234 Pages
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The Girl and the Rat Reviews

  • Jeannette Nikolova
    2018-12-16 09:13

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.Country: FinlandGreat start, bad ending. In short.I found the book on NetGalley and it sounded ludicrous enough to catch my attention: Metro, an black woman from Finland, who saves the world through graffiti. The book itself has three parts, the first two were pretty good and interesting and then I’m not entirely sure the author knew where to take the story, so the third part basically sucked.I want to note that this is the second book of a series, but I learned that more than halfway through the book and I’m convinced Jarvela did good because I did not feel like I was missing something. The references to the previous book were clear and explained all on their own. That was a definite plus but one that added to my opinion about the book later, as I didn’t know it from the start.Now on The Girl and the Rat itself, funny story, right when I started reading it, I was on a bus which passed by Vienna and that really helped me soak into the atmosphere, since the novel is set in Berlin. I think I could envision everything and vicariously live through it in a much more intense way than if I was sitting in my bed at home.The book shows us a very dark, neo noir setting, reminiscent of that of China Mieville’s The City and the City. On the atmosphere itself – it was very disturbing. Abandoned buildings, junkies, underground graffiti movements. The characters were a personification of that, they themselves were outcasts, unable to fit in their worlds, and damaged by it: Metro, who was assaulted because of her race, Vorkuta, a homosexual man from Russia, Alyosha, a survivor from the Chernobyl disaster, Verboten, a man with ruined face, that doesn’t fit in today’s standards for looks.The first two parts of the book were full of mystery and tension and action, on a background of a dark and gloomy city which is the playground of the above-mentioned outcasts. The third part was very rushed, not very likely, sloppy, confusing and not engaging enough. I am almost convinced to read the first one just to compare the style.

  • JaanaMi
    2018-12-08 09:56

    Huh. Jos luet yhden uutuusdekkarin tänä kesänä, lue tämä!Sujuva, erilainen, sekä juoneltaan että teemoiltaan erinomainen "graffitidekkari" jatkaa Tytöstä ja pommista tutun Metron tarinaa. Tässä kirjassa liikutaan Kotkan lisäksi myös Berliinissä ja ydinvoimalaonnettomuuden autioittamassa Prypjatissa. Dekkarijuonen ohessa teos kuvaa kiinnostavasti graffitikulttuuria ja kirjassa sivutaan myös tärkeää keskustelua graffitien oikeutuksesta, tarkoituksesta ja merkityksestä sekä kysymystä siitä, kuuluuko graffiti kaduille vai gallerioihin ja kuka on oikeutettu tekemään sillä rahaa.Olen muutenkin ollut jo vuosikausia kiinnostunut graffitikulttuurista, mutta tämä ei yksinään selitä sitä, miksi tämä kirja teki niin suuren vaikutuksen. Järvelän kieli ja juoni on niin koukuttavaa, että kirja oli luettava melkein kerralla. Metron myötä löysin myös uuden suosikkini fiktiivisistä hahmoista! Graffiteja maalaava (ja graffiteille elävä), menneisyytensä kanssa tiliä tekevä ja Rust-rakkaansa kuolemasta kostoa ja rauhaa etsivä Metro on hahmona äärimmäisen kiinnostava ja toinen osa syventää hänen henkilöään ja historiaansa jälleen uudella tavalla.Käsitykseni mukaan kyseessä on trilogia, josta tyttö ja rotta on toinen osa. Jän siis odottamaan jatkoa!

  • Pia
    2018-12-04 03:02

    The good thing about this book: very well written, full of action, well described characters and situations.The bad: Book 2 in a series, and I do feel you have to read the first one to grasp all about Metro, a graffiti artist and her friends. They live rough and have traveled from Finland to Germany, where they try to save a mural by Banksy. There's a whole lot of things going on, as this small anti-establishment group are causing chaos with their painting all around town.Probably this was a book that is too young for me, but all in all, quite interesting.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Megalion
    2018-12-12 06:52

    First off, again I must acknowledge that I'm a fiend for all things Finnish. I've already been very happy to have come across an English translation release of a Finnish book earlier this year. I'm even more thriled to find another. And this book delivers on its promise. It's about a rebellious girl who's taken up "writing" which in her case means grafitti art. This is the 2nd book in a series, but I didn't have trouble picking up the gist of things. She's left Finland to leave some bad memories behind. She's now part of a 4 person crew who call themselves the Ice Rats and wreak havoc via acts of anti-establishment art attacks. The author makes liberal use of Banksy as an off screen character yet germane to the plot. A natural choice given Banksy's world wide fame. The plot established itself well and flowed smoothly. The characters were engaging. Definitely held my attention. This is the kind of book that is good for folks who like White Trash Zombie, Kitty Norville... even Harry Dresden. Solid recommend. 4 stars.** free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

  • Elisa
    2018-11-20 03:22

    Löysin taas itseni lukemasta raakuuksia, brrrl... mutta ei auttanu muu, koska halusin tietää miten Metrolle käy. Toisessa osassa ollaan ensin Berliinissä ja sitten jälleen kesähelteisellä Kotkan seudulla. Kertojanäkökulmia on nyt vain yksi ja graffitintekijöiden maailmassa edelleen seikkaillaan. Muutamia lievää hämmennystä aiheuttavia hetkiä koin lukiessa, en ole varma johtuivatko jostain juonenkäänteisiin vai yksityiskohtiin liittyvästä. Kerronnan tempo ja tarinan rullaavuus olivat puolestaan entisellään ja rivakan tahdin ansiosta pystyin kammoamani raakuudetkin lukemaan jotenkuten. Miljöökuvaukset loivat onneksi ajoittain erittäin tervetulleita hengähdystaukoja.Sattumalta tätä lukiessa huomasin myös oikean uutisen graffititöiden ”siirtämisestä turvaan” ja niillä rahastamisesta, ja kuinka italialainen Blu on päättänyt maalata itse Bolognassa sijaitsevat työnsä piiloon, jottei kukaan voisi viedä niitä yksityisiin kokoelmiinsa (lue lisää:

  • Erin
    2018-11-24 07:01

    I enjoy trying out new authors and the Berlin setting was intriguing. " Metro" is a Finnish girl who lives with a group that dubs themselves "children of the night." No, it's not a vampire book. Rather, Metro and her group mates are graffiti artists who have to constantly dodge their much hated enemy- security guards. When two members of her gang are killed, Metro will stop at nothing to see justice served. I had no idea that this book was a sequel to The Girl and the Bomb, but the author alludes enough to Metro's back story that I never felt lost. It is a fast paced thriller that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I wish that the book hadn't ended as abruptly as it did, but I surmise that it means there will be another story involving Metro. Thanks to Netgalley for an e-galley copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Outi Mäkinen
    2018-12-03 08:00

    Jari Järvelä on luonut huikean uuden dekkarigenren, graffitidekkarin, jonka päähenkilö Metro on kotimaisessa dekkarissa jotain ennenlukematonta ja superkiinnostavaa! Tytössä ja rotassa lukija pääsee Berliinin bunkkereihin ja takapihoille, joihin eivät valvontakameran silmät näe. Tapahtumat huipentuvat Kotkaan, joka on myös kirjailijan kotikaupunki. Dekkari jää kutkuttavasti auki, joten trilogian päätösosaa odotellessa...

  • Gayle
    2018-12-15 05:18

    Not as good as the first one but still entertaining/page turning - this one jumps between Berlin and Finland with their respective graffiti artist scenes and the references to Banksy are great, especially the end!

  • Suketus
    2018-12-05 11:17

    Tylyydessään tykittävä, armottomuudessaan aito. Väkivalta tuntuu sisuskaluissa asti, rumuus raastaa.

  • Hanna
    2018-11-24 08:15

    BookBeat-palvelun äänikirjat testissä kahden viikon ilmaisella koeajalle. Vahingossa tuli ladattua kakkososa ensimmäisen sijaan, mutta pääsee tässäkin tarpeeksi kärryille.

  • Jenni Joru
    2018-12-07 03:59

    Graffiteja, kovaa elämää ja pari agenttityylistä toimintapätkää. Voisi toimia nuorille aikuisille.

  • Lindsey
    2018-12-08 09:58

    DNF. I didn't realize until too late that this was a sequel, which may have affected my enjoyment of it. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the writing. I found the characters to be three-dimensional, and the world the author built was grim but real. My problem was in understanding, or lack of it, in my case. The characters live in the world of graffiti or tagging. And it has its own language, its own rules, its own style of living, and of existing. It's not something I'm familiar with on any level except that I know who Banksy is. I think I'm not cool enough for this book, honestly. So if you're scrolling through these reviews trying to decide whether this book is for you, ignore mine if you are (a) remotely cool, (b) into the world of graffiti, and (c) have read the prequel to this novel. However, if you are none of those things, you might want to skip it.I received this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ken Fredette
    2018-12-03 03:58

    This is a follow-up for Jari, he created Metro as a graffiti painter in his first book but she left Finland for Germany when her boyfriend was killed. She meets up with Verboten in Berlin and lives in his Ice Cave for the Ice Rats. Everything goes as Verboten plans except that Smew and Alyosha are killed in the Ice Cave by bad people. Vorkuta and Metro goofy to find Verboten who was there prior to the killings. Metro and Vorkuta threaten Verboten and find out a wall was taken back to Finland so they go there to destroy it. They did with the help of the Baron who ratted on Metro in the first book. They destroyed the wall they came to destroy and Metro finished off the people that killed her boyfriend. She ends up meeting Banksy through a phone call. He's the one who created the wall. The ramblings of a man who read the book and gave it four stars. I couldn't do it justice.

  • Anna-Maija Tähkävuori
    2018-12-08 10:07

    Vauhdikas ja tempaava teos herätti uteliasta, järkyttävää kiinnostusta. Alun jälkeen itselleni hieman etäinen aihepiiri alkoi kuitenkin jo vieraannuttaa jopa pitkästyttää. Jännite ei riittänyt pitämään kaikkea ainesta koossa. Uskon hajonnan olleen osin tarkoituksellista tyylittelyä, minkä ulkopuolelle tipahdin suosiolla.Metron laisien persoonallisten henkilöiden muuttuvaan maailmaan, rajuuteen ja jatkuvaan liikkeeseen kirjallisuus näyttää yhä enemmän olevan menossa. Vaikka dekkarin kokemukset eivät nyt kirjailijan toivomalla tavalla kohdannet, myönnän Tytön ja rotan ansiot itsestäni riippumatta. Omaperäinen, tiheän muuntuva, ajateltu kokonaisuus.

  • Linnea
    2018-12-16 03:14

    Graffititaiteilijoiden maailmassa tapahtuva Tyttö ja rotta jatkaa edeltäjänsä linjaa tarjoamalla intensiivistä menoa ja synkkää tunnelmaa. Väkivaltaisuudessaan epämiellyttävä, kerronnassaan koukuttava, graffitimaailman lainalaisuuksien esittelyssä mainio. Vei mukanaan, vaikka lukiessa vähän tulikin huono olo.

  • Arja
    2018-12-04 05:07

    Vauhti on ainakin yhtä hurja kuin kirjassa "Tyttö ja pommi". Järvelä kirjoittaa hyvin. Kai se kolmaskin sarjan kirja on luettava että näkee kuinka kaikki päättyy.

  • Marjatta
    2018-11-17 11:13

    Metron tarina jatkuu nyt Berliinissä , mutta myös Kotkassa. Jokin Järvelän kirjoissa vaan viehöttää minua. Tykkäsin. Varmaan tarina vieläkin jatkuu.

  • Juha Virkki
    2018-12-09 11:06

    Toiminta ja tunnelma ihan huippua, juoni ja pahikset vaatimattomampaatasoa. Korkean- ja ahtaanpaikankammoisia taatusti kouraisee.

  • Steve Mckinney
    2018-11-18 02:57

    This was a goodreads giveaway copy I received. This is a very gritty urban tale and as you read along you find you become very fond of Metro as she takes you through her world. A good summer read.

  • Ian Jones
    2018-11-29 06:59

    A great follow up book to one of the best books I read last year.

  • Marika Oksa
    2018-11-29 06:08

    Tehokkaasti etenevä jännäri. Metrossa on potkua!