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The Sweet Far Thing
, January 17, 2008
This review is from: The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, Book 3) (Hardcover)
I am an avid reader and a huge fan of a both A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels. Fans of these two books may be disappointed, because I certainly was.
This book is beautifully written and although there were minor things (mentioned in other reviews) that irked me, the overall story was fantastic. Ringing in at over 800 pages I never saw a dull moment where I was bored or wasn't compelled to keep reading. I do not think that Gemma lost all her redeeming qualities, as other reviewers have said. Instead, I think that her actions were understandable as she is, after all, a teenage girl forced to cope with feeling alone while her world crashes down around her.
The only thing that I truly did not like was the ending.
SPOILERS, (AS IN IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK, I BESEECH YOU NOT TO READ FURTHER!!!):
I am no sucker for a happy ending, and I do not think that any book needs one to be good (in fact I think that many, many, many books are better off without them) but I was enraged by the way that this book ended. After all the romance between Gemma and Kartik that the reader waits for through the first two books, how can Libba possibly give it to us and then do what she does to Kartik? What she does to Gemma? I understand that the ending is hopeful with Gemma going off to be her own woman in New York, but Libba kills (she might as well have) Gemma's soul mate (they were meant to be together, they had the same dream! ahhh!)! I am not one to cry at the end of books but I cried from the time that Kartik is imprisoned in the tree of all souls until, um, 20 minutes after I had finished the book. I was inconsolable. I don't mean to be dramatic but I think a part of me died when Kartik did. I also do not agree with anyone who says that they couldn't have been together in real life for firstly, this is a work of fiction, and secondly, they were clearly in love so that they would have made it work whether in London, India, or New York. And then, not even was the ending with Gemma's father happy. I expected more for the conclusion of a series that has characters the reader comes to know and love so much.
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