I went back and re-read– and deleted– my review of Redliners on Goodreads. How did my opinion of that book change so much after I finished reading it? Not sure. Anyway, my current opinion can be summarized as:
Esther Meyer is clearly the main character, and also the most compelling tragic hero ever.
There are two ways to write a backstory like hers: if you don’t understand sexual assault at all, or, if you understand it really, really well.
There’s only one way to write a book like this.
It’s kind of hard to find the message in a book where almost none of the characters are thinking about anything beyond surviving the next day, but it’s there.