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Empress of the World Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 259 KB
- Publisher : Speak; Reprint Edition (May 26, 2003)
- Print Length : 304 pages
- Language: : English
- Publication Date : May 26, 2003
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B002I1XS08
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #784,711 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sometimes authors flout traditional formatting conventions to be artistic. That's fine... if the actual writing is any good. This isn't any good.
Don't spend money on this.
While it was evident the character of Battle was the intended "goal" of the story, I thought Nicola was a much more interesting person and puzzle. Perhaps that's just my personal taste, but it was her who made this book be so worthwhile.
It may not be a life-changer book, but it's definitely a highly recommendable one. The kind of read that will make you laugh, smile and get all mushy inside.
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Our main character, Nicola, has been sent to a summer camp for gifted youth. She's interested in becoming an archaeologist and has signed up for classes at the Institute. On her first day, she meets a group of people that quickly become friends throughout this eventful summer.
We have Katrina, this wonderfully outgoing computer nerd, Isaac, the nice guy with a huge crush on Katrina, and of course, there's Battle. Battle who is this beautiful girl who is smart and cool and slightly mysterious. Nic finds herself immediately attracted to Battle, which begins Nicola's questions about herself and her sexuality as she examines her feelings for Battle and the people around her.
I really liked Nicola as a character and narrator. I thought Battle and Katrina and Isaac were all believeable and realistic characters. I could definitely relate to the feelings of first love as being confusing and overwhelming. I especially loved this thing between Nic and Battle. It was very sweet and beautiful as Nic and Battle spent more time together and Nic realised how much she was attracted to Battle physically but also towards her as a person and her personality. I loved the beauty of how this this relationship builds up.
My only issue with this as a story, is sometimes Nicola's diary entries that she writes as a way of making sense of the world in an archaologist's way really breaks the flow of the narrative. Especially after a really sweet and tender moment between Nic and Battle - going between that and a journal entry felt jarring. The diary entries left me feeling distanced from the story and towards the end, after a big conflict, I couldn't quite find myself again inside these character's heads and hearts. Still, the first half of the book more than made up for the second and I'm very glad that I read this book!