August 16, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review} The Artful by Wilbert Stanton

Title: The Artful
Author: Wilbert Stanton
Series: Shadows of The City #1
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Published: May 27, 2014
Genre: Post-Apocaplyptic, Young Adult

New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.

Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels – their playground. They aren’t heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.

On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.

Now, this book is so...weird. It took a while to wrap my head around it. But then I picked up immediately. It's pretty slow paced for my taste. Twist is the main character and he's one of the Gutter Punks, a very famous underground gang in dystopian Manhattan. He, along with his best friend, Dodge, infiltrate the Towers, where the privileged are living, away from the disease and the craziness that lurks outside.

Twist is pretty much a sidekick, a shadow. Dodge is the famous one. He leads the two of them and he comes up with Plan A and Twist comes up with Plan B. Along the way, they meet Gia, who's really beautiful and really snarky. She tags along with Dodge and Twist as they look for Smith, another friend in search for the one and only cure.

I love Twist and Dodge's relationship. They complement each other. Dodge can get pretty annoying and self centered but then I guess, he can't help it. Twist, on the other hand, I really love. He went through the seven circles of hell just to save his friends, even watching one of them die right in front of his eyes. He is a true hero.

I can't wait to read the next one!


Wilbert Stanton was born and raised in New York City. From an early age, Wilbert decided he would either write books or take over the world; everything else was just a precursor to his end game.

Along the way, he has studied Psychology, English, and Computer Science. He’s held jobs in a wide range of fields and met people from all walks of life. Wilbert is constantly learning and growing as a person, in order to solidify his dreams.

In the end world domination was a bit tedious, so he decided to focus on writing books.



  1. I participated in a promotion for this book a couple of months ago. Glad you liked it, Anette! :)

  2. Thanks for being on the tour, Anette! I stopped by this sat but wasn't able to leave a comment, then. I really like the sounds of this one for myself. I love dystopians and male POVs are usually my favorites! Glad you liked it! :)