The Readymade Thief (2020)

The Readymade Thief Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend she finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the
  • Title: The Readymade Thief
  • Author: Augustus Rose
  • ISBN: 9780735221833
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, she finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle, but the fa ade of the Castle conceals a far sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hiddLee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, she finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle, but the fa ade of the Castle conceals a far sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight They believe Lee holds the key to it all.Aided by Tomi, a young hacker and artist with whom she has struck a wary alliance, Lee escapes into the unmapped corners of the city empty aquariums, deserted motels, patrolled museums, and even the homes of vacationing families, but the deeper she goes underground, the tightly she finds herself bound in the strange web she s trying to elude Desperate and out of options, Lee steps from the shadows to face who is after her and why.
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    1. This is a superbly intricate debut novel that I absolutely adored reading Set in Philadelphia, Lee Cuddy is the invisible girl, vulnerable to any attention that she gets to secure validation of her existence, leaving her wide open to being the fall girl, taken advantage of, and facing betrayal from almost every quarter She s a thief, professionally expert, a readymade thief that parallels the readymade art of the avante garde artist Marcel Duchamps The trajectory of Lee s life feels surreal in t [...]

    2. I received a free advance copy of this from the author for review.This is one of those impossible reviews because I d have to get into huge chunks of third act plot to talk about the parts I found the most intriguing so I don t want to spoil it, but on the other hand I suspect that this is the kind of book where a lot of readers are going to think it s one thing and be pissed off when it turns out to be another so providing some warning seems to be in order It s a real pickle we got here, folks. [...]

    3. A Readymade NovelCreative overall but with a very ordinary plotCould ve used the Conspiracy Theories Mind blowing twists here in much better faster plot.The Duchamp CodeA young girl became a ready made thief due to her sad, lonely childhood.Mysterious 1920s style parties for selective teensme mysteriously disappear afteror back with lost behaviorThen our young protagonist heroine finds herself amidst all that.l by chanceDiscovering that she has been watched by some strange mysterious cult or org [...]

    4. This was a really fun read, fast paced and not at all what I thought it would be when I started I don t usually like author comparisons but this felt like a combination of Dan Brown and Cory Doctorow, with teen runaways, a secret society, mysteries in the art of Marchel Duchamp, urban explorers, drug culture, and hackers As in most Dan Brown books, the culminating events feel a little far fetched, but I liked the character of Lee and how she couldn t easily figure out who was lying, who was dang [...]

    5. Excellent cover on this book Great representation of the story It s very unique and eye catching and has great composition OMG, this book was FAN FUCKING TASTIC and it s a debut novel to boot This reads very much like a Dan Brown book for the younger crowd Secret societies Symbolism Abandoned places Riddles and codes Murder and mystery Art The Darknet Science Twists and Turns Phenomenal writing Well paced An intriguing and unique plot A cast of interesting and well developed characters I am blow [...]

    6. First off, I received this as an ARC from Penguin.Five stars all around for this story It is an intricate web built upon lies and mistruth But who is lying and who is telling the truth.For me one of the things I enjoyed most was the use of the artist Marcel Duchamp in the story I have seen some of his works in person Also I liked his concept of readymade art As you can guess Duchamp s form of art has inspired the tittle of this book.Something that might help readers who are a bit confused about [...]

    7. Also published at my website, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography The most heartbreaking thing about screenwriter Augustus Rose s disappointing debut novel, The Readymade Thief, is precisely that it s so good during its first half, a slow burning character heavy mystery story with just the lightest of supernatural elements, and that wisely takes its time in letting us get to know its complex, imminently rootable hero To be specific, that would be teen runaway Lee Cuddy, whose compu [...]

    8. Ouch This was such a bitter disappointmentI m slightly unsure how to go about writing this review, because explaining why I didn t like this may mean going into plot spoilers It was one of my most anticipated new releases of the year, as I was hoping for something in the vein of Marisha Pessl A literary puzzle, a dark underground organisation, urban exploration The blurb really made it sound exciting, so I can t fully express my disappointment For now I ll just briefly outline why I couldn t sta [...]

    9. Thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for providing me with a free e copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review This book was good.There was nothing really wrong with itother than that it was NOT what i expected it to be and wanted it to be And so i was disappointed by it And not just a little but HUGLY disappointed by it Let me explain The title is misleading in my option because while yes the main character is in a way a thief, its not a book ABOUT thieves And the [...]

    10. I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Lee steals It s her thing When she gets arrested for something she didn t do, she is sent to juvenile detention After escaping, she finds herself in the middle of a secret society But what is it they want with her And how important is that object she stole This book wasn t bad It just didn t grab me It also wasn t what I thought it was gonna be The beginning was painfully slow and I couldn t figure out where it was going or wha [...]

    11. This wasn t a bad book But I think I was far too distracted by real life and put the kindle down too much.The bulk of the reviews as of today, 6 27 17, indicate a rather deep experience Reminds me of Neal Stephenson s The Diamond Age In that the first time I read it, I got to the end but wasn t sure what I d read My experience was superficial But this was Neal Stephenson My bf s favorite author back in 1997 When was just a brand new way to find and buy books you d heard of but never was able to [...]

    12. This review originally appeared on the book review blog Just One More Pa i ge What do you do when the one true thing in your life turns out to be a lie This quote turns up about a third of the way through the novel and, for me, really represents Lee s story from start to finish It is by no means a happy story, but somehow, you still come away from it feeling hopeful for her Augustus Rose takes Lee, and us readers, on a wild ride in this genre defying novel And it s a ride a recommend you take.Th [...]

    13. Full review coming for Shelf Awareness.I genuinely don t know if I liked this or not It was dense and disturbing and fascinating and unputdownable A mix of art and urban exploration and physics and drugs and secret societies I m interviewing this author for Shelf Awareness next week and I am going to have to put a ton of time into thinking up my questions for him

    14. Wow Okay, first of all Plot Plot plot plot plot I m not exceedingly used to such a plot heavy literary novel, and this one blew my brain for a while But it s the kind of twisty, tricksy plot that blew my mind for the intelligence and the amount of research GOOD GOD HOW DID HE DO THE RESEARCH Duchamp, obviously, but there were so many specifics of so many different niche specialties that I really had to marvel at the Rose s skill that had to go into it to make all the pieces of the book fall int [...]

    15. The Readymade Thief, by Augustus Rose, is a fast moving thriller involving a teenage protagonist and a shadowy, ruthless organisation It takes the works of artist Marcel Duchamp and imbues them with meaning The puzzle to be solved involves artefacts, experimental drugs, and the nefarious profits to be made from hedonism.Lee considers herself to be invisible Her dad walked out on his wife and daughter when Lee was seven years old and she reacted by starting to shoplift This activity developes int [...]

    16. I just finished reading The Readymade Thief and have very mixed feelings about it Some parts were really great in many ways it reminded me of The DaVinci Code except with a younger protagonist The plot was complex with lots of twists and turns and a huge puzzle to solve, and Lee Cuddy was definitely a protagonist that I could sympathize with and root for since she is clearly an underdog for much of the book Where I struggled was with pacing and the fact that the book seemed to spend way too much [...]

    17. Augustus Rose has written a very addictive story This book has mystery, secret societies and alchemy all rolled into one.Lee Cuddy, a 17 year old runaway, finds herself in the midst of a conspiracy and a secret society Having spent some time in juvenile detention, she learned to take care of herself and escaped from that awful place and now was out on her own looking for places to stay She learned from an older man, Mr Valesquez, how to pick locks and how to figure which houses in town were unoc [...]

    18. I should have adored this book I did love the first half I was all set to recommend it to a long list of my friends and I could not stop reading it, read it straight through nonstop for 150 200 pages Then, it just started to fall apart The timeline stopped making sense once you have a character who is pregnant, you can t stretch your plot out as needed to make things happen that you need to happen Babies come in nine months Trimesters go by and the body changes How can you shimmy through an air [...]

    19. I had a very difficult time connecting with the main character and the writing style didn t quite work for me how many times do you really need to use em dash on the same page

    20. She started thieving small, at a young age, her skill grew and stole to order, she learnt it to a fine art, twisting and turning through spaces One doorway leads her into an unrelenting road of cat and mouse She follows a trail of breadcrumbs that ultimately will lead to deciphering the chaos around.A female Houdini who could stay in the shadows and be invisible but then she finds others that there are others within the shadows that want something she has After some rocky roads and crossing path [...]

    21. I loved this It s part mystery, part thriller, part art history nerdfest, and part damn good storytelling It reminded me in many ways of The Ghost Network, another book I loved, but I think The Readymade Thief was solid and was of what I wished The Ghost Network had ultimately been It kept me turning pages, not wanting to put it down until the mystery was unraveled and understood.

    22. Since so much of this overstuffed and overlong first novel depends upon knowing the biography and work of Marcel Duchamp, it seems destined to estrange the larger audience its characters, setting, and mystery elements might attract A lot of explaining goes on here, the sort of info dumping that grinds the action to a halt with material that may remain esoteric to many readers and tiresome to those familiar with the artist.

    23. What do you do when the one true thing in your life turns out to be a lie Lee Cuddy is used to being invisible She isn t seen by her father, who leaves without a goodbye or even a forwarding address She isn t seen by her mother, who quickly succumbs to her new boyfriends whims and wishes She isn t even really seen by her peers, until she becomes useful to them It wasn t that they teased her or ostracized her or thought her weird, but none of them seemed to see her, either All of this invisibilit [...]

    24. It s been documented that famed painter sculptor writer visionary Marcel Duchamp wanted to use art to serve the mind One can only assume he d be as satisfied and perhaps as blown away as I was with Augustus Rose s thrilling debut The Readymade Thief And not just because he played a central figure within its twisty, exhilarating storyline If anything, he d champion Rose s ability to manipulate a reader s thought process, to test one s beliefs and senses.While I d hate to pigeonhole a singularly o [...]

    25. I won this as a digital ARC through Penguin Books First To Read program.You ll find little emotional content in The Readymade Thief, and while that s usually a turnoff for me, it works well in this plot driven conspiracy story Comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are unavoidable, but the delinquent youth protagonist and the mystery being science and alchemy based rather than about Jesus made it interesting to me Rose puts his homeless, pregnant teenage protagonist, Lee, through a LOT much than we [...]

    26. Wow I stayed up way into the early morning reading this book I could not help it, I could not put it down Well, until, unfortunately, close to the ending I was simply too tired from lack of sleep to get into all the technical aspects that are presented It was tedious and very, very descriptive However, let me say this the descriptions were an amazing part of this book I really felt myself creeping with Lee and Tomi inside those abandoned buildings When reading the blurb about the book, I thought [...]

    27. 3.5 and I rounded up This book is billed as a great puzzle, mystery within a mystery,etc,etc More like Dan Brown and as some have said The DuChamp code Some of his art is called readymades and our main character Lee is a thief, so there you have the clever title of the book Some of the book is clever and you will definitely learn a lot about Marcel DuChamp s artwork as well as scientific theory Urbexing is also featured, the Subnet the author s creation , a secret society and on and on It s a lo [...]

    28. I might come back to do a lengthier review, when and if what I read starts to make sense in my mind, but right now, I m kind of at a loss to figure out what I read and why I read it I must have zoned out somewhere during the info dump about Duchamp, because I still can t figure out if there was a real, practical reason why Lee was needed I don t give Dan Brown a pass for any of his books, so I m not sure I should give this one either Especially because the ending was so unsatisfactory 2 stars o [...]

    29. Lee is a thief, a homeless waif who gets wrapped up in a strange myriad of secret societies, urban abandoned building exploration and halfway houses that kidnap and drug children The secret society is obsessed with an artist s last work and when Lee finds a piece of that puzzle the society will stop at nothing to get it back Along the way she falls in love with Tomi and he introduces her to his passion of exploring abandoned museums and other relics along with squatting at nice homes of people a [...]

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