Ball Peen Hammer by Adam Rapp

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The world is dying.  After most of the city succumbed to the plague, Welton's staying inside -- permanently.  But hiding in his claustrophobic basement room -- the only place he knows is safe -- exacts a gruesome price, and he becomes part of a collective that's killing children.  Infected with the plague himself, with no way to find the woman he loves, Welton takes refuge in apathy -- until someone knocks on his door.   Ball Peen Hammer gives us a window into life in a half-deserted apartment building in a time of raw love, sacrifice, fear, and death. 

About Adam Rapp

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Adam Rapp is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He has written several young adult novels, including Punkzilla, The Buffalo Tree, and 33 Snowfish, and the adult novel, The Year of Endless Sorrows. His plays include Nocturne, the Pulitzer Prize finalist Red Light Winter, and The Metal Children. In 2005 he directed his first film, Winter Passing, starring Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell.   George O’Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His graphic novel work includes Journey Into Mohawk Country, in which he illustrated the journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and his Olympians series, which retells the classic Greek myths in comics form. He has also published several children’s picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. 
Published September 29, 2009 by First Second. 144 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Welton, a musician, and Aaron, an author, still have the energy to discuss the purpose of art, but find themselves committing unpardonable acts to save themselves.

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Easily one of the creepiest and most disturbing books to come out in the comics format recently, Ball Peen Hammer is a postapocalyptic tale of humans forced to do vile things just in order to survive.

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Nor is it stated why Aaron agreed to be part of The Syndicate’s diabolical schemes – much less the purpose of the Syndicate’s said diabolical schemes which, incidentally, involves the titular ball peen hammer and the back of people’s heads.

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This is a world that sets out to snuff what makes us recognizably human, and so it’s marked by us as a cruel world.

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