Irish Town Previews!
"READ this book! One of this year's best YA novels. Who doesn’t love an underdog, dystopian society that’s raw, comical, violent, and also not that different than our society at times. You will feel for the characters as you find out how they live and what they experience. I read it in one night because I had to see how it ended. I won’t ruin it for you but there are many twists. I can’t wait for the next novel from this author. Matthew John Meagher can definitely spin a tale! Thanks for sharing!"-Amazon Review
"Irish Town read like a dystopian, Green Street Hooligans. Meagher did well to create a world that was far enough removed from present-day that I was able to let my mind wander, but not so far removed that I couldn't relate. The dialogue was natural and entertaining, even shocking at times. This story evoked memories from my past, and I am certain it will do the same for most, if not all, who read it. I very much look forward to future works."-Amazon Review
I absolutely love the cover design of this book. It is modern, eye-catching, and has a tremendous attitude to it that I think readers of the middle grade will really be drawn to, and often getting them interested from the start can be a challenge. This is a really great choice, and the rest of the book is well-formatted and produced as well. I also really appreciate that this story seems to aim at relating to that rather tricky age group of boyhood that often goes unseen or at least unfocused on in adolescence and literature. It’s wonderful to see a character like this that boys will be able to relate to in the struggles he goes through, both in the plot and internally. I really appreciated seeing that done well here. The writing in this book is compelling. I think it works really well for older middle-grade readers/YA readers, who will really connect to the provocative and slightly chaotic (to say the least) nature of the plot. A lot of growing up feels that way and I think this book will really resonate well with a large group of kids. The way the story concludes was impressive as well. It hits a great moment of intensity in the adventure, the changing and growing characters who have gone through so much together and pass-through this moment where nothing will ever be the same... Well done."- Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards; 65/65
"Meagher creates an adolescent protagonist who is at once detached from and directly involved in a battle to save his community. Rather than the predictable ending in which the young protagonist emerges as the hero, the typical hero being male, the hero is a female." -Amazon Review
"Mixing the best parts of The Spectular Now and The Hunger Games, Matt weaves a captivating tale of love, loss and teenage boy angst. Few books seem to be written for the normal, hormone-driven teenage boy, and Matt does a great job of channeling the thoughts of a young man coming into his own as he falls head over heels for a girl who he also must recruit for a dangerous mission that might almost certainly kill her."
-Traci Jones, author of Silhouetted by the Blue, Standing Against the Wind, and Finding My Place
"...powerfully reminiscent of Lord of the Flies and A Clockwork Orange."
-Mario Acevedo, author of the Felix Gomez series
"Matt Meagher has written a ticking emotional time bomb, and you won't be able to put it down until it explodes."
-David Hicks, author of White Plains
"Irish Town is a story full of twists and turns. I found myself unable to put it down!"
-Mike Carletta, writer
“Equal parts A Clockwork Orange and Harry Potter, Irish Town is a gripping teenage coming-of-age story about students coming together, navigating the dystopian (and sometimes deadly) politics of their rival towns.”
-Jason Masino, writer
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