Sadie, a swimmer, and Digger, a wrestler, are athletes training at the University of Calgary that have just qualified for the Olympics in Sydney. As they continue their grueling training in the final months, they think about what happens after the Olympics, since their sport has occupied their minds, bodies, and lives for so long. Training starts to take its toll, and after a few unpredictable and tragic events, Sadie and Digger are forced to examine their dreams and their resolve. Abdou tells the stories of the two athletes in alternating chapters until their lives intersect. The pacing of this book is great and it was a pretty engaging read. You can just smell the sweat and the chlorine!
Anita (Staff) (Hespeler Library)
There's a quote from Olympic swimmer Mark Tewkesbury (voiced by Olympic hopeful Sadie)late in the novel: "(T)he Olypmpics leaves its athletes broken souls". Bone Cage shows just how true this is and how these athletes must still go on living long after the Olympic spotlight has come and gone. Two Olympic level athletes, Sadie (swimming)and Digger (wrestling) have their stories told in alternating chapters until their lives become forever linked. Abdou captures the mind-numbing, back-breaking (literally)work and single minded dedication it takes to even begin to function as an elite level athlete. Highly recommended.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)