This was such an enjoyable read. Rowan, the main character, is entertaining, engaging, and believable. She is the Steerswoman of the title, and her cu
This was such an enjoyable read. Rowan, the main character, is entertaining, engaging, and believable. She is the Steerswoman of the title, and her curiosity is piqued when she encounters blue jewels unlike any others she has come across in a variety of places. She wonders where they came from, and how the came to be so scattered across the world. She can't quite work it out, but as she investigates she realises that someone really doesn't want her to know.
And knowledge, the gaining and the sharing, is of utmost importance to Rowan and the other Steerswomen and Steersmen. That, and truth, are at the heart of who they are. To have people seek to hide knowledge goes against everything they believe in.
And I have to say I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. That it was all about sharing knowledge and wisdom, working together to solve problems. And that it didn't focus on rivalries and competition as a way of succeeding. That more than anything is why I enjoyed this book so much, it seems somehow a hopeful and positive view of the world. Even if it is threatened in the story.
I also really enjoyed the world building and how little things are revealed about the possible history of this world.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Bel and Rowan, they start out as strangers, but both have a similar desire to learn about the world and that is the key foundation of their friendship. They have their differences, and certainly see the world in different terms, but what they share is enough to cement their friendship.
Overall a really great read, although this is one off Mount TBR that gets instantly replaced with the followup, The Outskirter's Secret.
I think this was my favourite of all Lady Trent's memoirs, at least that are published so far. The fifth, and final I believe, is due out next year. I
I think this was my favourite of all Lady Trent's memoirs, at least that are published so far. The fifth, and final I believe, is due out next year. It has everything I loved about the previous ones, the natural history element, the vaguely Victorian setting, the almost Heyer-like drama of manners and social acceptance, plus dragons and an awareness of what it wrong with all this sexism and racism and classism.
But also, for some reason, this story just hooked me so much more than any of the others. Maybe because I have already gotten to know the characters and watched them grow and develop over the previous few books. Maybe because I read them all relatively close to one another so there was very little "where was I again" when I first opened this book. Maybe it was just better? I'm not sure. But I really loved it.
Of course now I have made the classic mistake of having read all the published books in an unfinished series and must wait for my next meeting with Lady Trent and her dragons. Ah well, at least it is expected in 2017 so I won't be waiting too long.
I have to say, that blurb does sound sort of interesting, doesn't it? Something a bit different and unique. Something original.
But I found it quite an
I have to say, that blurb does sound sort of interesting, doesn't it? Something a bit different and unique. Something original.
But I found it quite an irritating read to be honest. The narrator, the baby in the womb, was just so erudite and knew so much about the world at large that I was constantly wondering where he got his information from. Yes, yes he listens to innumerable podcasts about so many different topics, but still. That irritated me.
Also the whole murder plot was so stupid and ridiculous. The characters were irritating and the whole book felt like a clever short story that had been stretched out too far.
I guess you could say that this book did very little for me.
Some of the writing is quite wonderful, but for me personally as a reader, clever writing only gets you so far. I want characters and plot. This had a plot, Hamlet in the womb, but it was half-arsed. It had characters, but they were thinly drawn, after all our narrator could only reveal what he overheard. Or what he imagined, and those imaginings were really really annoying to me, why do I care what an annoying character makes up? It felt like the author was trying to broaden the viewpoint of his foetus while still having him inside the womb. Did not work for me.
I'd heard of Paul Kearney before, but I'd never read him. And seeing as he is Irish I figured I really should give him a try so when I saw this in the
I'd heard of Paul Kearney before, but I'd never read him. And seeing as he is Irish I figured I really should give him a try so when I saw this in the library I picked it up. And I really loved it. It's a small story, in a way, the story of one girl making her way in a strange land. A refugee who doesn't really remember the home she has left. A girl who has lost so much and has no idea where she is going. And then she meets Queenie and Luca and maybe she has found a future?
It is a wonderful blend of historical fiction with myth and fantasy. But if you have read the blurb and think this is a book all about C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, then think again. Yes they make an appearance, but they are cameo roles not starring ones, so in a way I think they shouldn't have been mentioned at all. They add colour and atmosphere, and add to the whole world. Oxford at the end of the 1920s.
There's a lot to love in this book. The writing is so immersive. It's a joy to read. The first half is all Anna, only gradually does the supernatural intrude onto her life. You may even start to wonder when the story is going to really get started. I loved the slow build though. It feels like a fairytale before the fairy godmother shows up, all the hard work and none of the magic.
The second half is much more mythic in its supernatural aspects. Witches and Horned Gods! awesome.
The ending is a somewhat open, so maybe there is a possibility of a sequel. I'd be happy if this was a standalone, or if there was a followup. I'll certainly be on the lookout for more books by Kearney in the future.
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this exclusive ebook short story set shortly before the events of the film, featuring a quick-witted mer
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this exclusive ebook short story set shortly before the events of the film, featuring a quick-witted mercenary who takes big risks for bigger rewards—and now faces the challenge that will take her to the edge.
The "perfect weapon" of the title refers to Bazine Netal, an assassin-thief-mercenary for hire. And she's just been hired to track down a mysterious package. And to watch out for another merc hunting for the exact same goods. If you watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens ((and you did, right? because it was great)) then you may have spotted Netal, she's the scary looking wan in the cantina who alerts the bad guys when the good guys show up. But you don't really need to know that, you just need to know that she's a woman who'll finish the job she's being paid to do. No matter what it takes.
This is only a short story though, so there isn't a huge amount of character development or nuance on show. This is the first Star Wars story I've read, I usually don't go for film tie-ins or novelisations as they are, often, crap. But I read and enjoyed a book by the author before, so took a risk on this one.
And it is an action-packed, adventure sci-fi story. Exactly what you'd expect from a Star Wars 'verse book. The story is well told and kept me reading, but to be honest, it wouldn't really inspire me to read more Star Wars books. It's a bit by the numbers. Also, I'm not sure why we're supposed to really empathise and support Bazine. She's not exactly a good guy, she certainly falls more on the Boba Fett side of Star Wars, although at least she gets the job done. ((I've never really gotten the love for Fett, is it just his armour? cause that guy was really inefficient.)) I'm guessing she'll appeal to that "ooh cool looking bad guys" segment of the toyline :)
A stunning, operatic, epic drama, like no other. Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager - and goddess of the Underworld. Why is life so unfair? Hel tries to
A stunning, operatic, epic drama, like no other. Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager - and goddess of the Underworld. Why is life so unfair? Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleaming halls in her dark kingdom and welcoming the dead who she is forced to host for eternity. Until eternity itself is threatened.
Francesca Simon is best known for her Horrid Henry series of books. I never read them, but I know they are hugely popular with children in every library in Ireland, and the UK, and probably elsewhere. Recently she has branched away from Henry, and this book, The Monstrous Child is her first aimed at children 12+.
But the main reason I first noticed it was the cover. It's so eye-catching. I love it. And then once I picked it up I figured, sure I really should read at least one book by Simon. How can I call myself a librarian if I don't?
The "monstrous" child of the title is Loki's daughter Hel. Her older brothers are a snake and a wolf, so maybe she should count herself lucky that she at least appears like a person. Albeit one that is both dead and alive. Her legs are rotten and dead. But she is still a god, although one none of the other gods want around.
Of course, none of the gods really come across in any sort of a positive light here. Loki is his usual trickster self, but with no charm to waste on his monster children. He doesn't care about any of them, apart from when they may be able to help him. And Odin doesn't exactly endear himself to Hel, our narrator, when he banishes her to underworld. She may be the Queen of the dead, but she is also its prisoner.
It is an interesting book, but too little happens in it, and I'm afraid Hel is a tad on the boring side. All she does is whine and moan. She has reason enough, definitely, but at the same time it'd be nice to see her drive some aspects of the plot rather than constantly having to react to things. Or just put up with them.
I do sort of want to pick up her other Norse books, I'm not sure if this is part of that series, it certainly wasn't advertised as such on my copy, but although I didn't love this book it did enough to keep me entertained and intrigued enough to want to read more by Simon.
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.
This series is full of cars, dreaming, love, and sleeping kings. It's full of characters learning to escape, or to embrace, their pasts. About fighting their way to their future.
And smooching. There is also smooching. Although, to be fair, most of the smooching isn't actual smooching ((I'm typing smooching way too often, the word is losing all meaning but I'm still going to use it)) it is people anticipating smooching. Or thinking about possible smooching.
But for the most part it is a series about finding a path through life, finding friends, and learning to love them and to let them love you and help you, and for you to help them.
Plus awesome dream creatures and settings and magic! Magic and demons.
And I really really wish I loved it. But I didn't. I enjoyed it, and I appreciated it, and I can totally see why people are making with the swooning and the gushing over it. But it is a series that I'm glad I read, and that I will reread. So if you are wondering, my recommendation is, yes, certainly, give it a go.
The Australia trilogy : book 1 There's one truth on Australia: You fight or you die. Usually both. Seventeen-year-old Chan's ancestors left a dying Eart
The Australia trilogy : book 1 There's one truth on Australia: You fight or you die. Usually both. Seventeen-year-old Chan's ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, in search of a new home. They never found one. The only life that Chan's ever known is one of violence, of fighting. Of trying to survive.
I'd come across mentions of this book for weeks before I actually bought it. No one review made me pick it up, but there were mentions here there and everywhere. I guess marketing works because I bought it, and as I was waiting for the last book in The Raven Cycle to arrive I started reading it.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but for Part One I really didn't get what all the fuss was about. The 'verse of Australia was just so bleak and futile and depressing. And I really didn't understand why the whole aim of everything was to "be selfish" and stay alive by running and hiding and avoiding conflict. In that environment! when conflict is expanding into every nook and cranny! that just made no sense to me.
Some of it certainly felt bleak for bleakness's sake as opposed to part of the world building, but then we got to Part Two and there were some changes. Not enough to make me any less irritated at the characters who felt that they could survive by doing nothing and hiding, but still, there was a sense of movement and change.
I'm still not sure why it's gotten such huge positive feedback, it is a solidly entertaining read, and I will read book two at some point, but it is far from "extraordinary".
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
I loved Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races so much that I think I was a little disappointed when I read the first book in this series and didn't love it as much. And then I didn't reread that before book 2 came out, which meant I didn't love that as much as I could have either. So then Blue Lily, Lily Blue was released in 2014 ((really, two years ago! time really flies without me even noticing)) I decided I wouldn't read it until I'd reread the other two. Which is why it has taken me until now to get around to reading it. And yes, rereading the first two made me appreciate it a lot more than I would going in dependent on my memory. For it poor and needs as much assistance as I can give it. These books will never top The Scorpio Races for me, that book just hits all of my sweet spots, but I really enjoyed the series so much more this time around.
Which isn't to say that it is perfect, I found the Greenmantle aspect of the story a bit "hmmmm, okay then", but all in all I was all wrapped up in this 'verse and didn't want it to end. Unfortunately I am still awaiting my delivery of book 4 ((I have the first 3 in hard copy so it would be impossible for me to get number 4 as an ebook, I'm sure you understand)) so I can't continue my quest for Glendower quite yet. Although I really want to.
Short, totally spoiler-free review is "aahhhhh, read it!" but three words may not be enough to persuade everyone. So to that I'll add that this is a book by Kate Elliott and so it has great female characters, epic fantasy action, magic, treachery, love, and examines power structures all in a great story.
This is the final book in the trilogy, but I'm going to try and avoid all mention of plot, because spoilers are just horrible when you aren't looking for them. The story began in Cold Magic when Cat (our narrator) and her cousin Bee were forced to confront some of the realities of their world. And throughout the three books one of the primary focuses of the book has been the power structures in society. The roles of women, the roles of the peasants and the working class, the power wielded by the feudal lords, and how recognising the inequalities in the world you live in is just the first small step into true adulthood.
The world of Cat and Bee is a sort of alternate Europe in the time of the Napoleonic wars, and it has a sortof version of the French Emperor, and in a way the French revolution, as the two girls get entangled in the fight for the freedom of the working classes, and of women's rights.
And all woven into a great entertaining story.
By the end of this book I was in love with this series, the first book was good, as was the second, but they hadn't hit that sweet spot with me that previous Elliott books have [ref]Jaran I loved from the very start. It's so great, and I'm not just pushing it because the series isn't finished and needs reader love to bring it back from its hiatus. Honest.[/ref]. But the final two thirds of this book pushed it from really enjoyed this series to "loved it".
The Iron Ghost is an entertaining mixture of dragon's daughters, demons, mages, and evil, and not forgetting the action-pack
The Copper Cat trilogy # 2
The Iron Ghost is an entertaining mixture of dragon's daughters, demons, mages, and evil, and not forgetting the action-packed adventure either.
Story-wise, it takes place after events in The Copper Promise so I really would recommend reading that book first. I probably should have reread the first book, I forgot plenty of details, although as I read I was reminded and I think most of it came back to me. Some of it, of course, couldn't be forgotten, like Ephemeral and her sisters. I enjoyed them in book 1 and they are given much more to do here, looking forward to seeing where they end up.
Personally, I would like a little bit more character introspection, more thoughts from their point of views. This is much more action and deeds based. There are hints of what lurks below, and you can extrapolate so maybe I'm being fussy, because this is very much a fantasy adventure sort of a book. It never slows down at all, and keeps you turning the page constantly.
The chapters themselves are short, only a few pages. This is great because it means you can safely read a little before work sure that you'll have a place to stop soon. But it is also terrible, because it means you keep saying "just one more chapter, its only short" and then being late clocking back in after lunch... maybe that's just me?
Williams has some great ideas, the werkens are a fascinating idea, and she has her own take on the creation of zombies that I liked. It did remind me of the Forged ones from Robin Hobb, more in the way they were created than in the way they acted though.
All in all it is a really fun, read, albeit one full of darkness and death. But in a fun way, honest. And I would have no problem recommending this for any fantasy fans. I'll certainly be reading the next (final?) book in the series.
The patrolship Bhattya is looking for a new member of staff, and Rafe appears to be the man for the job. But then rumour reaches them that he has beenThe patrolship Bhattya is looking for a new member of staff, and Rafe appears to be the man for the job. But then rumour reaches them that he has been mind-wiped for Oath-breaking. A terrible crime, because the Oaths between the Emperors and the Guild are all that holds some measure of peace and stability in place.
But Commander Rallya is persuaded to take him on after he demonstrates his extraordinary skill at “webbing”, which is a sort of virtual reality way of running a spaceship. And once he is crew she is determined to keep him as such, despite a myriad of enemies that seem to appear.
I picked this one up because I had literally just finished reading a book when Sandstone tweeted out some SFF recommendations on twitter. The first one being for this book and as I was on the ‘puter at the time I figured I’d give it a try.
It is a great fun read, fast paced and with some great characters. It also a gay couple, and a racially diverse team of characters. All of whom are characters, not just box-ticking in an attempt to be politically correct. And this from a book first published in the ’80s! Something we are still looking for in many many books published today.
So yes, I really enjoyed it, however it does have its flaws. I found it a bit confusing at start, with the Oaths and the Emperors and the Guild, as Wright doesn’t do any info-dumps you have to figure everything out as you read. I think I got it all straight in the end, although I’d still like to know why the Emperors are emperors, is it just that they are immortal? And why are they immortal?
But the flaws aren’t enough to prevent me from also recommending this book to anyone who likes more personal stories in their space opera....more
Lord Blackheart is, as you might suspect from the name, an evil villain. The biggest name in supervillainy! and one day a young girl appears outside hLord Blackheart is, as you might suspect from the name, an evil villain. The biggest name in supervillainy! and one day a young girl appears outside his lair, she’s intent on being his sidekick. Nothing he can say or do can dissuade her from joining him. Although following his orders might be a little beyond her, and as for his pleas that she kill less people, well, she doesn’t really see the point in being an evil villain if you don’t live up to the description.
Nimona, the girl, is more than she appears. She can shapeshift. An invaluable ally against Tenderloin, Blackheart’s nemesis and the Institute that Blackheart is attempting to bring down.
Okay, so this graphic novel is just plain awesome. I loved it so much!
It starts out fun and light-hearted, and it stays fun, albeit with dark shadings but it has depth and heart and all manner of wonders. To say much more would be to give away the greatness that is Nimona, but if you want a taster go to www.gingerhaze.com and read the first three chapters.
Since devouring Nimona I have discovered that Stevenson is also the author of Lumberjanes a comic I have heard many many good rumblings about, so I’ll certainly be investigating that at a later stage.
But if you are looking for a comic with good v evil, with monsters and girls, and possibly girl monsters, with heroes and villains, all with humour and wonderfulness then you should check this one out.
Rosemary Harper is running away from her past. She wants a new life. A new start. So she heads into space, joining the crew of the Wayfarer, a tunnell
Rosemary Harper is running away from her past. She wants a new life. A new start. So she heads into space, joining the crew of the Wayfarer, a tunnelling ship, and its crew of mixed species and personalities. It is certainly different from what she is used to, and that is what she wants.
I loved this book. So much! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started it. I'd seen it mentioned on a few blogs, but nothing had really prompted me to put it on Mount TBR, but then I spotted it in the library when I'd forgotten to bring the book I was currently reading. So I picked it up, started reading, and loved it straight away.
It was just so much fun. It has it all, action and adventure, romance, danger and death! What more could you want.
The edition I borrowed has the UK/IRE cover. And it is a good cover. Classic sci-fi, looking at the stars and wondering what it out there. It does a good job of getting that across. But the US cover... it just fits the book so much better. I mean, it is a sort of pulpy cover, and is much more "fun". The UK cover is much more serious looking. Which isn't to say that the book is a no-brainer. There is plenty there to widen the reader's perspective, and it does raise a whole heap of issues. From AI to alien interactions, to sexuality, and whole heap more. So it is a serious book in that respect. But it is also fun and engaging and so easy to read. It just feels more like the US image is you know what I mean?
It actually felt a lot like watching Firefly, a small crew, interacting, living on the edge, trying to make their way. Although the crew are a lot more diverse than those of Serenity but if I was asked to find something to compare The long way to a small angry planet to, it would definitely be the 'verse. It has that same feel of family to it.
And those that have been around this blog for a while know that that is high praise indeed. Because I love and adore Firefly.
If you are thinking of picking this one up there is a read-along currently underway, hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow. I'm useless at readalongs, because if I'm enjoying a book there is no way I'm going to spread out my reading over a couple of weeks. I will, however, check in on the questions and answers as they seem to be raising lots of interesting discussion.
Nettie Lonesome was found as a baby and taken in by the Lonesome family. Which is to say used by Mam & Pap Lonesome to work and work and work someNettie Lonesome was found as a baby and taken in by the Lonesome family. Which is to say used by Mam & Pap Lonesome to work and work and work some more. One night she encounters a man who wants what she doesn’t want to give. There is a struggle and the man turns out to be no man, but a monster, and suddenly Nettie is caught up in a whole other world.
But then again, maybe it has always been part of Nettie’s destiny.
This is a book I came across through twitter, it made it onto Mount TBR back in August and I pre-ordered it back then. And I’m so glad that I did. It is such a great read. Nettie, or Nat, or Rhett, whatever name is used, is a great character. Throughout the book Nettie is referred to as she, but often she refers to herself as a man. So I’m not sure exactly which pronoun to use, I think I’ll stick with female ones as that is what the author uses in online references to the character. Nettie wants to be a man in part because all her life women have been weak and powerless. Men are the ones who can take control of their own lives. In an utterly male-driven society wouldn’t you want to pretend to be somebody with at least a modicum of power rather than someone who must live at a man’s sufferance.
Because Nettie is bottom of the pile, not just because she is female. Or an orphan with no one to look out for her interests, but also because she is half black, half Native American, and in the white dominated world she has grown up in the colour of your skin counts.
Apart form all that awesomeness there is also a great story and great characters in this book. It has revenge, monsters, gun fights, Rangers, brawls and hints of romance. It’s just a great story. I look forward to reading more about Nettie as this is the first book in a proposed series....more
Once one of the most powerful Houses in Paris Silverspires is in decline. Its founder, Morningstar, is missing. Selene, his last pupil, has taken over
Once one of the most powerful Houses in Paris Silverspires is in decline. Its founder, Morningstar, is missing. Selene, his last pupil, has taken over. For years she has led the House, protected it and its dependents and schemed and plotted on its behalf. Since the end of The Great War that is all the houses do, scheme and plot and pull at one another. No body wants an outright war, the Great War destroyed too much, contaminated too much, but every one is still locked in a struggle to survive, to stay on top.
Into this atmosphere of constant political scheming comes Philippe and Isabelle. He has lived in Paris since leaving his Vietnamese homeland, he has fought for the houses, against his will. He knows what they are capable of and wants nothing to do with them. Instead he has survived out among the gangs of Paris, where might makes right. Isabelle is newly Fallen. Full of power but so vulnerable until she learns control and skill. And in a world where Fallen blood and bones can be turned into magic power boosters she needs the protection and guidance of a House.
I first came across de Bodard when I read Obsidian and Blood, a collection of her Aztec stories. And I thoroughly enjoyed them. Since then she has written many fascinating short stories and you should probably go check them out if you haven't read any already. She has a wonderful way of writing, I could read her all day long.
Unfortunately I started reading this book when I didn't have the time, and so was only able to read a chapter or so a day for a while. Once I got a bit of free time however I devoured it, and I think it is a book that I would reread. I loved the world that de Bodard has created here. It is a world without and good choices, just the least worst. All of the main characters struggle with this, and the world in which they live where survival is such a struggle. In order to survive you must seize and keep power. And being in power means that you must take that power away from someone else.
Philippe, and that is not his real Viet name, is introduced to us when he is at the bottom of the pile. Exiled from his home, with no real supports in Paris, an outsider with no power. But is he really that powerless?
In order to live Isabelle must ally herself with a House, but the Houses are inextricably linked to corruption and ruthlessness. If they had not been so in their past they would have been torn down by the others. To ally herself to that is to become a part of the power struggle and all that entails; torture, betrayal, murder and more.
Isablle and Philippe are linked, but opposed. Philippe is so utterly against the Houses he cannot really understand how anyone can support them.
It is a great way of looking at power dynamics and colonialism and racism and how they are all tied up together. Power corrupts, as we all know, the more power the more corruption... but there is also a look at how the lack of power is just as damaging. If you have no options in your fight for survival are you more open to doing the "wrong thing" because it is the only thing you can do?
I think this is the first book in a trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone novel, if you don't mind certain aspects being left open to interpretation.
Austar IV started life as a prison planet, over the generations and years it has evolved into a deeply segregated, almost feudal society. Jakkin was bAustar IV started life as a prison planet, over the generations and years it has evolved into a deeply segregated, almost feudal society. Jakkin was born free, but in order to survive his mother sold herself and her son into “bond”. Every bonder wears a bag, and when they fill this bag they will be free. They will be a master. But many bonders never make it that far. Jakkin is determined that he will fill his bag himself and he has a plan. He intends to steal a dragon egg, hatch it out, and raise it to be a champion pit fighter.
In a small town in America the teenagers run wild every full moon for three days while their parents, and everyone else locks themselves inside, safe.In a small town in America the teenagers run wild every full moon for three days while their parents, and everyone else locks themselves inside, safe. For three nights the teenagers “breach” and run and fight and fuck. Why it only happens here no one really knows, but in this town this has always happened. After a time the teenagers grow up and leave all that behind, allowing those following after to run wild themselves.
Luman has always been different to the other girls in her class. She is quiet. She is a good. She does what is expected of her. She believes that she will not breach. Her mother never did, her father tells her story as when Lumen was just a baby her mother died in a car crash. So Lumen believes that she will be as different as her mother.
And then she finds herself running naked through the night.
Lumen is the narrator of this story. Now she is married, she has a son, she is remembering growing up. She still feels like an outsider. She doesn’t understand how worried some mothers get at germs and cuts. She knows that bodies are tough, that they can take a lot of punishment and recover. But she still doesn’t really know who she is, or where she fits in society. She has yet to come to terms with herself and with her past. With her relationships with all those around her.
All her childhood she did what she was told, and even know she is fully prepared to be who others think she should be, to act as they think she should act. To be the person others expect her to be.
But every now and then something from inside her will break free and cause her do what others never expect. How is she supposed to reconcile the two Lumens?
When we were animals is a story about trying to find yourself when you don’t know where to look. About how families stifle children in their attempts to protect them, and make it so much harder to grow up. It is a coming of age story that highlights that adult fear of teenagers. Okay, so maybe these teenagers are more dangerous than regular ones, but that idea, that teenagers are capable of such darkness. And there is a lot of darkness in this novel. Violence is everywhere, but in some ways it is an innocent violence. Physically hurting people is just something that happens. But Lumen’s life is also affected by lies and misunderstandings, that lead to more lies and more uncertainty. The darkness that surrounds people and how they interact with one another. The masks people put on to go out into the world, and what those masks hide, and so, of course, what happens when those masks come off.