Four by Four Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Set entirely at Wybrany College - a school where the wealthy keep their kids safe from the chaos erupting in the cities - Four by Four is a novel of insinuation and gossip, in which the truth about Wybrany's "program" is always palpable but never explicit. The mysteries populating the novel open with the disappearance of one of the "special" scholarship students. As the first part unfolds, it becomes clear that all is not well in Wybrany and that something more sordid lurks beneath the surface.
In the second part - a diary written by an impostor who has infiltrated the school as a substitute teacher - the eerie sense of what's happening in this space removed from society becomes even more acute and sinister.
An exploration of the relationship between the powerful and powerless - and the repetition of these patterns - Mesa's "sophisticated nightmare" calls to mind great works of Gothic literature (think Shirley Jackson) and social thrillers to create a unique, unsettling view of freedom and how a fear of the outside world can create monsters.
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Four by Four is a complex story about a college and the power dynamics that occur there. The school is isolated from society but protected by powerful people. Abuses of all kinds occur, but silence pervades and this state of abuse and violence becomes the status quo at the colich.
Sara Mesa writes sharp sentences and her bluntness provides a nice contrast to the ambiguous and secretive nature of the college. She lays it all out in a devastatingly clear fashion. Overall, this was a disturbing story that illustrates how those in power can control and manipulate the vulnerable to their will. No one dares speak out because once one admits what is happening, they are bringing it into existence and at Wybrany College, everything is undefined and hidden in the shadows.