- File Size: 4520 KB
- Print Length: 135 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478328266
- Publication Date: June 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HNAY712
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Overall it's one of the best indie books I've read and I'll defiantly be reading more by this author.
when first started reading mask city i fell in love with the writing i thought this book is written so well and i just read the book in a day and loved every single page i read. i loved how the story started out with Thomas and lacy's parents and how they meet and fall in love i loved that. and then we go into the lives of Thomas and Lacy Farthur and i was very fascinated by the underground world of mask city and they say the line all the time throughout the book 'A person is not a person without a mask' so i throught that was very different. where things start to pick up is when Thomas and Lacy are kidnapped from there home and drugged and taken into this world of mask city and they are sold at an auction to different people to be a slave basically. it is a very good book this story get really good so do keep reading it i promise. and james agee jr. is a very talented writer and i do hope everyone read this amazing story because this book is an adventurous story of friendship, trust and discovering who you are with a mask or without one.
After a series of events that I never saw coming, these two siblings end up in Mask City. I was very intrigued by the brother and sister in the story. In particular I really enjoyed Thomas. His way of surviving took me a few minutes to understand. His way of knowing his choices were taken away from him and that he must do as told to survive was kind of humbling. In literature, I have come to expect the protagonist to fight against the system. For his way of surviving to be, I don't know, kind of heroic. Agee, in this novel showed that there are times where the only way to survive is to follow the rules set forth.
Mask City is intriguing and with the exception of the chapter where Thomas receives his mask, this was a pretty quick read. Every chapter has a little cartoon/ animation at the beginning. I really enjoyed these and thought it did wonders for setting the scene. In that particular chapter, the animation is someone crying and I'll admit, it scared me off. I was expecting a very creepy and painful scene- and it was. So with the exception of my irrational fear of this scene I mostly read this novel straight through. It was intriguing and tended to be unexpected.
Now, I am a sucker for happy endings and Mask City had it in spades. Seriously, it was pretty great. After reading Jim, Agee's short story, I was looking forward to seeing how he would do with a novel. Mask City is a fast paced novel, which I enjoyed, yet I was left feeling that the characters could have been better developed. I think that had there been more character development, I would have felt more of a connection to the characters- in particular that has more to do with Lacy. I sadly felt no connection to her at all. I think that had I felt that connection to the characters I wold have enjoyed the ending a lot more. Also as unreasonable as this complaint may seem, I felt as if that happy ending came a little too easily. Not that the characters didn't suffer enough, it's more that I feel the actions leading to it were just too lucky, too convenient. Everything just fell into their laps and the happy ending I first hoped for came about too quickly. I feel like a bit of an idiot with this complaint. No doubt, the novel was good, and I fully enjoyed reading it but I got to the ending and was left looking for pages. Like, is that it?
So even with the afore mentioned complaint, I enjoyed the novel. It was well developed and a page turner. This a novel that is unique and even their mundane kept me guessing and entertained. It was a guessing game and I never knew what to expect from it. Which tends I be something I enjoy.
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review