I very much enjoyed reading this book. It is fast paced and unique in style, structure, and voice. The writing style is very different from her previoI very much enjoyed reading this book. It is fast paced and unique in style, structure, and voice. The writing style is very different from her previous work, but just as captivating. The style and form of the novel are very reminiscent of a myth—specifically, a hero’s journey. Rather than two separate hero’s journeys for two separate individuals, the characters’ paths are seamlessly interwoven into a joint hero’s journey. The paths branch off into different directions, but always return to the common path in the cyclical fashion of historic oral storytelling.
The book is written in the first person perspective of both the male and female main characters, alternating by chapter. This format allows the thoughts, doubts, and emotions of both characters to be highlighted in a simple yet powerful way. The characters have very similar and/or parallel internal and external crisis to face, despite the differences in their backgrounds and physical forms (young god, and young mortal girl).
The themes present in the books are classical young adult and independent reader themes, and similar to the thematic structure of her previous novels. In addition to the usual themes, some interesting theological questions are raised in the form of the spiritual questioning of both Kezi, the female main character, and Olus, god of the winds. The pantheons she has created for this book are interesting and believable. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of the emotions of Olus. The concept of a god discovering the presence of another pantheon, and experiencing the same spiritual questioning as a mortal was unique. Olus, who is a god himself, wonders if the God of Everything exists, and if so, if he is a higher god than the gods in Olus’ own pantheon.
Olus and Kezi are similar in that they are both young, and on the cusp of discovering their own identities, and place in the world. Olus is the youngest god; even the young gods are thousands of years his senior. He is immortal, but has only lived seventeen years. This lonely youth results in Olus having more in common with mortal man than with his immortal peers. Kezi is a girl on the brink of womanhood who suddenly discovers that her future may be cut short before she really has a chance to experience life. Circumstances bring the two together in a time where they are both emotionally isolated. Their love for each other doesn’t make them co-dependent, but rather provides them with a support structure that makes them intrinsically stronger as individuals.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The writing quality was excellent, and the plot and style draw the reader in from page one. The story is interestOverall, I really enjoyed this book. The writing quality was excellent, and the plot and style draw the reader in from page one. The story is interesting, the characters are relatable and fun to read, and the dialogue is believable and often humorous.
The one complaint I had about this book was the rapid, and slightly underdeveloped, transition into the climax. The story pace and progression were excellent until this point. I felt as if 50 to 100 pages were missing between the first part of the book and the concluding pages. Some addition development of the relationship between the main characters would not have been amiss.
On the whole, hush, hush was a good read—enjoyable, fast paced, with a captivating and (mostly) well developed story. Definitely forth taking a look at! ...more