I've read a number of novels set during the civil war, but none like this one.
This tale of a woman who donned a union uniform and participated in manyI've read a number of novels set during the civil war, but none like this one.
This tale of a woman who donned a union uniform and participated in many campaigns brought this war, with its death and destruction, into clear focus; not at the level that history books recount, but at the personal, soul-altering level. The language used here helped to foster my immersion into the time and character. The pacing was not quick, so I doubt this will appeal to those looking for more action, but I feel it spoke well of the daily drudgery of long, hard marches; far-flung battles; and perpetual hunger.
I won't soon forget this story or the woman at its center. I recommend to all who have an interest on the private impact of war.
I'd like to thank Little, Brown and Company, who provided me with a reading copy through Netgalley for an honest, unbiased review....more
Everyone knows the saying "Don't judge a book my its cover," but sometimes for me it should also include "Don't judge a book by its blurb." I read theEveryone knows the saying "Don't judge a book my its cover," but sometimes for me it should also include "Don't judge a book by its blurb." I read the description of this book quickly and got the impression it was about a wide-spread fever and how it impacted the inhabitants for a small town. So I entered this novel's pages thinking I would encounter something akin to apocalyptic/horror. Not even close.
This is the first novel I've read by Ms. Abbott. If I'd been more familiar with her writing I would have understood that her main subject is high school and teenage dynamics. There's plenty of that to be found in The Fever. Not much else. Not my cup of tea, but I did finish it in one day, which is unheard of in my reading habits. The writing does pull you along at a good pace, but I'd recommend it only to those who want to spend more time in high school.
I'd like to thank Little, Brown & Company through NetGalley for providing a pre-release copy of this novel to me in exchange for an honest review....more