The Long WalkPaperback - 2016
"I give my congratulations to the winner among your number, and my acknowledgements of valor to the losers."
Against the wishes of his mother, sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty is about to compete in the annual grueling match of stamina and wits known as The Long Walk. One hundred boys must keep a steady pace of four miles per hour without ever stopping...with the winner being awarded "The Prize"--anything he wants for the rest of his life. But, as part of this national tournament that sweeps through a dystopian America year after year, there are some harsh rules that Garraty and ninety-nine others must adhere to in order to beat out the rest. There is no finish line--the winner is the last man standing. Contestants cannot receive any outside aid whatsoever. Slow down under the speed limit and you're given a warning. Three warnings and you're out of the game--permanently....
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Violence: Strong gory violence. Boys are shot and brains splatter everywhere. Very strong and intense. There are fights guns and knives. violent murders and much more.
Coarse Language: Strong language throughout. These are 100 teenage boys here. There is many uses of F***, S***, Many vulgar swears such as c***. Swearing is strong, vulgar, and aggressive.
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"Did you see Olson's...did you see his hair? Before he bought it?"
"What about his hair?" Baker asked.
"It was going gray."
"No, that's crazy," McVries said, but he suddenly sounded very scared. "No, it was dust or something."
"It was gray," Garraty said. "It seems like we've been on this road forever. It was Olson's hair getting...getting that way that made me think of it first, but...maybe this is some crazy kind of immortality."
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