I really, really wanted to like this more than I did. 5-star reviews touted a multiracial- and women-led revolution and a brief look at gender, disabiI really, really wanted to like this more than I did. 5-star reviews touted a multiracial- and women-led revolution and a brief look at gender, disability and human communication with the non-human world. I was psyched. And then disappointed.
Leora always knew whether she could or couldn't trust a situation or person and she was always right. Everything always worked out. Bad things almost happened but never amounted to anything. The placement of obvious hints meant that the reader could always anticipate which characters would appear or what events would happen, effectively ridding the story of any plot twists whatsoever.
Because The Hermit Thrust Sings is located in general fiction at my library I was expecting something more complex (or mature? I don't know) but this read like juvenile fiction. I don't, however, rate it based on my expectations but rather my enjoyment of the story itself, which wasn't high.
Also something I found annoying was the characters' idealization of the Before Time (our current time). Yeah, things are bad in the futuristic Hermit Thrust Sings world but the U.S. is not a democracy and please let's stop pretending it is or ever was.
Anyway, it was just okay and I wouldn't want to read it again. I hope in the future I can find better stories to satisfy my desire for radical social justice oriented fiction....more