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"Above pulls off that rare trick of being convincing and utterly magical at the same time." —Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room
"Leah Bobet's Above is that rarest of creatures, combining the outspoken honesty of a good first novel with the craft of a seasoned professional." —Elizabeth Bear, Hugo Award-winning author of Dust
*"[A] dark, dazzling tale...Bobet effortlessly blends reality and fantasy, her characters are both gifted and broken—hers is a world that is simultaneously fantastic and painfully real. Heartbreaking, romantic, complex, and magical, this fantasy lingers on the senses." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Bobet fearlessly takes the reader to uncomfortable places, where, as Matthew discovers, there is always more than one side to a story." —Quill & Quire
"[A] profoundly moving meditation on how we treat the mentally ill, disabled and homeless...Above is a soulful and spellbinding debut novel." —The National Post
"A tremendous adventure, as well as a meditation on how our mythologies shape us...a gorgeous tale." —Toronto Life
"[Readers] willing to go along with this captivating exploration of both individual and collective identity will find themselves pondering its implications long after the last page." —Kirkus
I saw where the author was trying to go with it but it just didn’t get there for me.
While I enjoy these types of novels, in addition to fast paced stories, I just literally did not care about any of the characters.
The writing style is perfect for Matthew but it is very distracting and at times it is difficult to follow.
Bobet writes with a dazzling and unique style that makes Above simply impossible to put down. Her characters are captivating and complex and lead readers through a beautiful and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MadelineF
I think people who complain about the writing style aren't used to reading what teenagers and young adults write about things that matter to them, emotionally. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marianne
Right away when I started reading Above, I wondered if the writing style was going to be this way through out the entire book – because as I hit page two I was thinking “this reads... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read
“Above” by, Leah Bobet
Matthew and Ariel live in an underground sanctuary called safe. They live with a group of people who are sick or disfigured in some way and... Read more
Leah Bobet has also written the excellent short short story, The Girl with the Heart of Stone, from the website Strange Horizons - it was that story that got me interested in her... Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. Duplessis
This review comes directly from my blog "Justin's Book Blog"
Breathtaking. That is the best word I can think of to sum up Above. Read more
What on this crazy, polluted planet did I just read? Seriously, I just finished reading this and I have no freaking clue. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I was immediately drawn to Above by the gorgeous cover. After reading the description, it sounded like something I would enjoy, so I decided to give it ago. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by AboutToRead
(I wouldn't have given it a star rating if Amazon didn't require it. Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean others won't.)
Above was just not my book. Read more