The Bound­less Sub­lime

Lili Wilkin­son, Switch Press (MARCH) Hard­cover $17.95 (352pp), 978-1-63079-100-1

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A dis­turb­ing look into how grief makes you sus­cep­ti­ble to be­ing taken ad­van­tage of, The Bound­less Sub­lime is the story of girl who at­tempts to over­come one tragedy by bar­rel­ing head­long into an­other.

Mere months af­ter a trav­esty tears her fam­ily apart, Ruby is strug­gling to stay numb. Those around her pre­tend ev­ery­thing is nor­mal, treat her like glass, and wait for her to snap out of it. When she meets Fox, she is able to rise above the dark­ness. Spend­ing time with him makes her feel whole again. He’s naive and un­jaded, in con­trast to Ruby and her cyn­i­cal friends.

But be­ing with Fox comes at a price. He is from a com­mu­nity that lives by its own rules, gov­erned by a man called Daddy. Much about the cult seems strange to Ruby, though she also sees some­thing sen­si­ble in its ways. Un­will­ing to lose Fox, Ruby im­merses her­self in his world.

Ruby’s in­tro­duc­tion to Fox’s world is slow at first, be­fore she al­lows her­self to fully tum­ble in; read­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence the same shift. The first parts of the book are dom­i­nated by ap­pre­hen­sion; once Ruby is in, ab­ject hor­ror takes its place.

As Ruby grieves and at­tempts to nav­i­gate her post-tragedy world, she in­spires feel­ings of pro­tec­tive­ness. When she falls into Daddy’s clutches, her loss evokes panic. Wilkin­son has cre­ated a char­ac­ter whom the reader can not only live through, but also step out­side of and care for.

Con­cern for Ruby and Fox makes the story all the more fas­ci­nat­ing. The cult’s acts are ter­ri­fy­ing, and that they hap­pen to such re­lat­able char­ac­ters makes the book dou­bly pow­er­ful.

With its intricate plot and com­pelling char­ac­ters, The Bound­less Sub­lime is a tale that will re­main in the reader’s mind long af­ter the fi­nal page is turned.

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