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|Length: 336 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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And, boy, I am absolutely ecstatic that I decided to see it through to the end. Rich with character, full of unexpected turns, and a climactic ending that demands a big screen adaptation, I was left with nothing but anticipation for the next work in the series.
… I personally never thought that I’d enjoy a work in this genre as much as this, yet, here I am.
If you are interested in this book, I wholeheartedly suggest that you take the dive and not turn back. Those that do not read past the initial chapters are missing out on a tremendous book that handsomely rewards patient readers.
The first 225 pages over the course of a few days, about ten days ago. The last 100 pages in one sitting at my dining-room table.
It took me a bit to get used to the style. I’m not used to reading first person present tense narration. Yet I fell into it soon enough.
I’d heard some of the controversy about the book, and I was apprehensive, at first trying to maintain a detachment, an analytical eye.
When life got busy and I stopped reading, something interesting started happening: after a few days my thoughts began drifting to the world of the continent, of Vaela, of her fate, of her fellow protagonists. After a while.I realized what had happened: I had become invested in the story.
So today as my son had to use the computer to do homework (cough cough Overwatch) I sat and proceeded to finish the book.
I gave it 5 stars because in the end I really enjoyed the story. It’s simple, straightforward, and sweet. In the crucible of adversity a young privileged woman discovers what it is to sacrifice, to love.
What really impressed me about the book though is the author’s ability to describe two different worlds yet not make things boring. To the contrary, my imagination had no trouble visualizing the places as described, and I felt the immediacy of the writing almost viscerally, as the author not only described for the eyes, but for all the senses. Smells, vertigo, wind, cold, fear and panic were being relayed through the page. This enthralled me, and I see how the first person present tense contributed to this.
I am looking forward to books 2 and 3 in the series.
Anyway, I've read the reviews, and this book ISN'T THAT BAD. There isn't anything racist about this book, and there is not any "white savior" crap going on.
Vaela gets trapped there, okay, yes. And she saves those people, yes. But the fact that everyone is missing is, SHE FELL IN LOVE. She fell in love with Noro, she fell in love with his sister, Kiri, and she fell in love with the rest of the Noro's people. She made friends, she became one of them. In the end, she was saving her own people.
There's a lot of talk about her stupidity, and her naivety, but you know, most people who grow up with money are like that. And you can argue all you want against it, but Paris Hilton made herself a brand based on being spoiled, and the Kardashians are doing the same thing.
I'm not arguing that Vaela didn't have a lot to learn, but her learning that the Spire was not all she thought it was, or that she finally understood she was a spoiled rich kid with an erroneous viewpoint of the Continent's peoples, were part of the lesson, part of the character growth, part of the plot arc. She crawled to them and begged for help on behalf of her new family, and she was denied. It opened her eyes. And it made her grow up.
Anyone who complains this is slow--hey! It's part of a trilogy. There are going to be unanswered questions.
Anyone who didn't like it based on silly little things like, where did that Xoe Warrior find his orange?? How old are you? This is a YA novel. If you want a more complex plot, go read Sing, Unburied, Sing, or Lincoln in the Bardo, or Manhattan Beach. Those might be more up to your delicate sensibilities.
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