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- Publisher: Citizen A Press (October 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 28, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M4PKC57
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Tall (The Morganites Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I did not see the ending coming in any way, shape, or form. I finished the book and immediately downloaded the sequel, "Small". There is going to be a third book, and, if it's out when you read this, download that as well. This book is so good and raises so many questions of what it means to be human that I can't wait to read the series to its conclusion. I want to know the answers to the questions because this book is an amazing reflection on the sins of our past. Are we doomed to repeat it or can we learn to change for the better? The questions seem especially urgent given what is happening in the world today and the ghosts of the past that have recently been brought to the surface.
The book begins with the sentence: "Size matters". The size it is referring to is height. This story is told from the perspective of Marion and Carla Nelson. Marion is a "little person" and Carla is "normal-sized". They are married and have two children: Brent is like his mother; Jane is like her father.
There is some back story about Marion (his mother named him after John Wayne's real name) and Carla and obstacles to their relationship, such as her parents, but, mostly it shows how much they love each other and the family they have built together. Size doesn't matter to them. Maybe it does to the outside world, but once they are behind the doors of the home they share, all that matters is their family and their love.
Aliens appear one day. This is told with humor, but there is always an undercurrent that all is not what it seems. These aliens have been watching TV and movies and believe that is what life on earth is like. The people on earth call them, "Morganites", because they asked for the actor, "Morgan Freeman", when they arrived, thinking he is the president based on a movie they saw.
They are accepted by the people of earth, although grudgingly by some. They have free reign of the country (it seems like the story is just about the US, but I'm not too sure how much of the world is involved) and they seem to want to have fun and drink beer. They really like beer, so much so that there's a beer shortage in the US, which is pretty funny when you think about it. Does the shortage of beer lead to humans wanting the Morganites off their planet?
Marion is in a resistance group. It seems he is mostly talked into it by a friend of his--also a little person--Reg. Mostly they do hit-and-run type things, but, one day, Reg decides he's had enough and wants the Morganites gone. He does something that accomplishes that, but also leads to untold destruction before the aliens leave for good.
People are relieved and start rebuilding the country, but, before they can take a deep breath and relax, a strange thing starts to happen: "normal-sized" people start to get taller. No one knows how this is happening and there is some talk about doctors and scientists trying to find a cure, but that really isn't the point of the story. The change doesn't impact little people, such as Marion and his daughter, only the normal-sized.
The government decides to segregate the little people from everyone else. At first, it seems this is being done to be able to research why they are resistant to the "Stretching" as it is called, but that doesn't seem to be the ultimate purpose. Marion and his daughter are separated from his wife and son and sent to a former Japanese interment camp called Manzanar. It was used to house Japanese-Americans during WWII when people of Japanese origin were seen as dangerous, mostly because they looked differently. Marion can't believe the US is actually re-opening these camps. He and the other little people have done nothing wrong. They are just different, which, I bet, is what the Japanese-Americans also thought during WWII, but they were segregated as if they were a threat to everyone else. They never were. Neither is Marion or the other little people.
That is the general basis of the story. It goes back and forward in time to tell the story of the aliens and goes sideways to tell the story of what is happening to Carla when her husband is sent away. Marion stays strong for his daughter, but he is increasingly disturbed about being held in the internment camp and he wonders if and when an internment camp becomes a concentration camp.
You have to read the rest of it for the full emotional impact of the story to grab you and not let go--and it does grab you. I wanted to yell at times, "Why?", and I wanted to cry at other times. We've all been told, "Never forget", and that's supposed to make sure that it never happens again. Is that enough, though?
As I said, the ending is stunning and came out of the blue, although there are hints throughout the book.
The characters in the book are fully-developed and it is easy to identify with them and feel their fear. At some point, even the issue of Marion's height is forgotten, even though that is the central issue of the story (and the name of the book). I think that's one of the points: Marion is a normal person who just happens to be short. Everything else about him is the same, but because of that one thing, he is penalized and ostracized from society. I think Carla is perfectly described as the potential we have to overcome prejudice to love and accept no matter what. If only.
The book gets darker as it goes on and I felt a feeling of hopelessness, too, but there are moments of bravery and compassion interspersed as well. As people get taller, things we take for granted are much more difficult as this world is built for "normal-sized" people. At the same time, as society is struggling to continue, things at the camps get worse and the survival of all humanity is at risk from one thing or another. The book switches things around so that being "normal-sized" becomes a problem.
I give this book my highest recommendation, and I can't wait to start on the next one.
This is an awesome book. I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did and find it as thought-provoking, as well. It isn't a book I will soon forget.
The writing style feels a bit strange in the beginning. The book is written in an off-hand way with lots of dark humor. Often I felt bad laughing at scenes, it felt strangely inappropriate. Tragic, reminiscent of the second world war, with the concentration camps. It shows humanity at its best and worst.
This book was so fascinating. It was an apocalyptic scenario without the zombies. I was pulled in from the get go. Read throughout the night and was utterly devastated to find a cliffhanger with no second book available yet.
Cant wait to read the next book Small by Alex King
I think there is some light shed on this in the final scene, but that scene also makes no sense to me.
I suppose all will be revealed in book 2, but I'll never know
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