Having been completely taken aback and confused by this storyline, that didn’t stop The City’s Son from still creeping me out. All I have toRating 2.5
Having been completely taken aback and confused by this storyline, that didn’t stop The City’s Son from still creeping me out. All I have to say is “What just happened!?!” As far as the creep-factor, I can't quite put my finger on why I felt this way. I do know I was thoroughly confused and perplexed for most of the book, you’ll see why later. However, I have no doubt that the next installments are going to involve an epic showdown. But unfortunately, since this book wasn’t quite for me, I’ll have to rely on other steampunk fan reviews to see how this all plays out. The journey stops here for me and let me explain why.
Seeing as I have no clue what really happened in this book, my summary is going to be very short. There are two characters Fil and Beth who meet by chance and both needing help in different ways. They team up together to stop Reach from taking the city. See quite simple, but the story is so so far from that. You have weird spider thingies, and glass bulb thingies, and a person that has to recreate themselves from garbage everyday and that is just what you learn in the first few pages. My brain hurt from trying to decipher what was what in this highly detailed steampunkish novel. I can usually stretch my imagination pretty far but I just couldn't grasp what was going on. I can't say that I didn't like this because it did capture my attention, but what I liked got so jumbled up with all the detailing of the world that I lost it. I think the overall story is a good one, with Fil trying to recapture his city before his tyrant of a mother returns to invoke her wrath upon all who betrayed her. See sounds good right?? I enjoyed Beth's side of the story also. She had to grow up very early when her Dad checked out on her after her mothers death and she shows a lot of strength while standing by Fil's side. I just again couldn't focus on her because of all the craziness.
My low rating is not because The City's Son is a bad read it is because it just didn't work for me. I think this book requires a certain type of mindset and I don't think my imagination can be stretched that far. So if you are looking for a very unique world this is the book for you. I think the world here is very amazing and beautiful so please give it a shot and if you do read it please let me know what exactly those spider thingies look like! ...more
This book is one of the hardest book I have ever read. I am emotionally drained and I honestly don't know when I will feel in control of myself again.This book is one of the hardest book I have ever read. I am emotionally drained and I honestly don't know when I will feel in control of myself again. If you know me then you know that I don't typically get this attached to books, but Emily Murdoch has managed to break my heart into a million pieces.
Carey and Nessa goodness where do I even begin. I am tearing up just thinking about these two young girls. What they are made to endure is beyond anything I have ever read and I have read some pretty messed up stuff. I have no idea how either one of them were anywhere near functional. They both have lived in a camper with no electricity or water for the better part of their lives. Nessa has lived without it her entire live and she is seven years old. Their mother was not all there and had so many problems, but I can't feel sorry for the woman. The hate I have inside of me for this sorry excuse for a woman is something I have never felt before for a character. What she puts both girls through is just disgusting and I well I will leave it at that because even now I am thinking very mean things that are appropriate for a review. Just imagine the absolute worst and then multiply it by 100 and you might have an idea of what these poor girls are put through. Things do turn around when their father finally finds them and takes them home to his new family. Things are not easy and there are a lot of secrets that test this new family unit, but the story as it unfolds is one that kept me glued to my seat fearing the worst and just hoping for some kind of conclusion that would give Nessa and Carey a home. Not a prefect one, but one where they could grow up and be loved.
This story totally took over my life if you can't tell from my blabbering. I just wanted to go through and grab these two innocent girls and hug them. Carey is the toughest character I have EVER read about. She does what needs to be done and she takes care of not only herself but her mush younger sister Nessa. This just shows that people will find a way to survive in the most terrible of situations. Carey not only keeps them alive but she educates both her sister and herself beyond what I would have thought possible. I was so proud when I learned how smart they both were. Another aspect that totally took me by surprise was that there wasn't any outbursts besides the ones by Delaney, Carey's new stepsister. Which that girl really got on my nerves but she is fifteen and I get it so I forgave her. I expected way more drama, but the author kept the story pure and just let us the reader see how things unfolded. The story was filled with enough heartache that the added drama would not have been needed.
I am definitely going to keep my eye out for Emily Murdoch. If You Find Me will I know stay with me for the years to come and there are only a handful of stories that I can say that about. Most I read and forget the next day unfortunately which I know is a consequence of reading so much but this story and these characters I will think about and not ever forget....more