• "A stunning debut novel without a false note. Accomplished and powerful, it changes the way you think."

    Costa Book Award
  • "(Jason Wallace's) bleak, ferocious debut is a powerful, devastating read for older teens."

    Patrick Ness, Guardian
  • "(Out of Shadows is) a provocative story, powerfully written. Some may find the themes difficult, the climax shocking, but Wallace has produced a first novel where all the heat and intensity of an African nation in flux burns on every page. He's a definitely a writer to watch in the future."

    Keith Gray, The Scotsman
  • "Classic crossover fiction...(Wallace's) unblinking portrait of true evil raises it above the norm... It's something that schools should study and readers read. Bravo! "

    Amanda Craig, The Times
  • "In its portrayal of race relations in a wounded country as well as of the ugly power dynamics of a community of adolescent boys, this novel excels, bringing readers up to the grim, uncertain present with mastery."

    Kirkus, Starred Review
  • "An extraordinary coming-of-age novel . . . a startlingly original debut . . . Charting the change from childhood to adulthood against growing political discord gives the novel a sense of urgency, and the book's intensity, drama and pace leaves a lasting impact."

    Jake Hope, Bookseller's choice, The Bookseller