Even the cover is gorgeous. The idea for the book is gorgeous, the characters are gorgeous and the setting is gorgeous, it was in fact a gorgeousnessEven the cover is gorgeous. The idea for the book is gorgeous, the characters are gorgeous and the setting is gorgeous, it was in fact a gorgeousness overload as you can see by the over use of the word gorgeous which I'll stop using now..... ah, who am I kidding IT WAS GORGEOUS!
Since I've worked in Waterstones in Petersfield I've met a lot of interesting people but Sam Hawksmoor knew his stuff he'd been there, seen it, met that and got the book. Due to this oppurtunity I picked his brains over this book and the next (The Hunting which I'm totally getting. What is wrong with me I'm turning into genric teenage girl over this book. Get a hold of yourself woman!!) so I will interject my review with bits and pieces he told me about. No direct quotations I'm afriad a busy shop isn't the best place to record and I don't want to say what I think...perhaps..her might've....said so I'll state the general fact and hope that's okay with everyone.
This book starts in the town of Spurlake inspired by the Canadian landscape ( I liked knowing this, not sure why I think it helped my internal visual picture). The aspects of these massive buildings mixed with the natural landscape contrasts heavily with the tiny scale of the town Spurlake. This tiny little town where everyone knows each other, what you would call "a tight-knit community", is key to the rest of the book as it keeps your feelings of disbeleif mixed with complete acceptance of the world Hawksmoor creates to page 550. I don't know if you've seen the movie Halloween (1978) but it envokes many similar feelings to Dean Cundey's shots of empty , eerie streets with no people or real sound just eerie silence.
This swiftly follows by the hard packed punch of narrative in the form of Genie and her life. The horrific treatment of Genie by her mother is one of the reasons why I dislike religeon (there are reasons why I like it also) there is a tendency for mass hysteria which can lead to mistakes which later are deeply regretted. One such example is the Jonestown mass suicide led by Jim Jones, a man which created The Peoples Temple and ended in 918 deaths mostly due to suicide using cyanide poisoning. Just an example of mass hysteria ANYWAY back to the actual book, Genie's treatment shows many elements of said mass hysteria therefore making my history geek out moment relevant for example the burning cross on her arm which is just enough violence without it being ARRGGHHAGHHGGHAGH I WANNA BE VIOLENT TO CHILDREN! Which is never good in a book as it's not advised in fiction or in real life.....ever however seems to be more frequent in YA which I don't like and give kudos to Hawksmoor on his stand.
But the best thing about this whole book is the complete flip Hawksmoor slams right in the middle. Don't get me wrong the beginning wasn't boring but this was sooo interestingly good. It was science and adventure and love and a bit of gore and in short....awesomeness. Who knew that teleportation could keep me that interested for that long without going this-is-too-Star-Trek-it's-starting-to-bore-a-hole-in-my-skull. If you like Star Trek that's all too fine with me buuuut I reserve my right not to......By the end of the book I truly thought that teleportation was a crazy important issue and people need to be more suspicious of over zealous priests which I beleive is a sign of a good book. (This mad little phase passed by the way, have no fear). The inclusion of Marshall was also interesting as he was something of a tragic hero, he falls victim to his one main fault: his love for science therefore of course he expects science to always love him back. But as everyone knows it doesn't always work out that way so his hopes which he keeps so secret even to himself is my theory don't come to the fore to avoid shame I guess at his rejection or fear of further rejection.
Lastly and yet sweetly was Rian and Genie who is so happened were based on real life people who Hawksmoor knew. Real-Life-Genie so happens to be in the army, HOW COOL! Anyhoo their romance was adorable and beleiveable in it being the driving force of the action within the book, which as a hopeless romantic I loved as the idea of love driving action and not the other way round. Needless to say they're making it onto my favourite characters list.... ...more
I definitley did NOT just pick this up because it was written by a Beth...nonono that just wouldn't be like me. But I thought you know that it would jI definitley did NOT just pick this up because it was written by a Beth...nonono that just wouldn't be like me. But I thought you know that it would just be okay because well....a Beth wrote it. But I was a tad wrong, this was a waste of anyone's time even though it was by a Beth and I feel slightly disloyal now to the name.
The characters were odd I didn't really like them much and the evil dictator thing was just so boring it couldn't have moved any slower for me. Amy was very very VERY into running apart from the one time she needed to and then she didn't. That was yet another thing I didn't like about this book, rape was brushed under the rug so quickly, the reaction and the bruises were relaistic and enjoy isn't the word but I guess I appreciated that they were there. But this was the same with nearly every incident in the book, once over it was under the rug and forgotton but I didn't want it to be like that at all.
Not having a slight tantrum but the romance wasn't nearly as nice as I would've liked and that instantly put me against this book. The second thing being the Season was well weird, no kidding it was I think some slight fantasy of Revis's there creeping in.....odd. Anyhoo the main "event" of the book was the people dying which wasn't that heartbreaking to be honest (I know, I'm mean) but it wasn't. Then when you finally get to the reason you're like oh...right...cool and then make that sandwich you've been putting off for the last 5 minutes.
The cover was pretty. There you are there's a positive. I feel like I've given it a fair chance now.