- File Size: 924 KB
- Print Length: 331 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542519160
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N810GLU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,710,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From technologically enhanced dogs to young kids exploring their world, this book offers a range of POVs and yet they all feel spot on. You never feel lost between head hopping. Details and perceptions change and you get the story from multiple angles. It's a great balance that kept me counting minutes until I could get back to the book and read some more.
With the dynamic languages, distinct cultures and strong personalities, the world established in the first book really comes alive in this second installment. It's just different enough to be whimsical but familiar enough that you can make pictures in your head. Can't wait to see what's in store for Elke next!
The main character, Elke, is just as quietly contemplative as she was in The Babylon Eye, but this time the tension is even more ramped up. There are three children (the oldest is 16 or 17) living in an old hotel, near where a group of people have shown up and are clearly not there to help anyone.
And of course, there are dogs. I love how the dogs are central characters.
Masha blends fantasy with character driven plot lines and the result is lovely. Her writing is clear and belies complex themes that reveal themselves slowly and in layers like the flavors of a gourmet meal.
I love how this author created such beautiful relationships among the characters (including animals). All felt real, rounded, tangled as relationships tend to be. Messy and beautiful, and handled with a fine touch by the author.
I ended this book both satisfied in the story and wanting more. This author is a keeper!
Elke Veraart and her cute cyborg-dog, Meisje, have a new adventure that occurs in the Real, outside of the Babylon Eye. The post-apocalyptic world that Masha du Toit has created is divided between the Real, that it is the equivalent to our world after a world disaster that has changed the relationships of power completely; and the Strange, a bunch of words that have a whole different ecology and many humanoids species. We don’t know much about the moment the Strange came into contact with the Real, but there are doors between them. The Babylon Eye, the novel, was about one of this doors, and through this door, we could take a look at the other side, at the Strange. I wanted to know more about the Strange, but this novel is about the Real. In the beginning, I found it frustrating. But it turns out that the Strange is already among us, and is permeating what we consider to be our side.
One of the questions, when you want to create a memorable character, is: does he or she care for anyone? Part of the success of Elke is based on her tender heart. She cares. She cares for her dog. In fact, she cares for any dog; and here we find an almost mythological dog and her puppies. She also cares for people, whether they are people she just met or children she encounters. Elke always tries to help people and animals, even if she puts herself in danger. She is the next step of the classical detective who used to fall in love with bad women. Elke cares for a bad woman, but also for abandoned children and any vulnerable creature she finds in her path. And that caring being is put to the test when somebody tries to charge her for illegal contraband at the Babylon Eye. Dangerous thing to be accused of a crime in a place where your head can be cut and exposed publicly if you are found to be guilty.
So Elke goes back to the Real, to the Earth that gave birth to her. She will meet a group of siblings – Ndlela, Isabeau, and Noor – who have to work hard to survive because their mother disappeared in the Eye.
Elke will have to fight hard to try to put the pieces together and clear her name. In the meantime, she will discover a long-buried secret and create a strong bond with these children.
What I like the most is how Masha has been able to picture complex emotional relationships, dueling into despair, abandonment, jealousy and siblings’ love, and make them believable without falling into the trap of easy drama. Masha expresses many kinds of love, and she can go deep into the needs and longing of those who have been left behind. In a way, all the characters are survivors who try to keep their values in a world that is dying.
I cannot wait to read the next one.