I count myself fortunate to be living in our times. Of course, wars are still raging on and incurable diseases still lurk and sometimes pounce on us .I count myself fortunate to be living in our times. Of course, wars are still raging on and incurable diseases still lurk and sometimes pounce on us ... *a pondering moment* ... hmmm ... I suppose the most appropriate thing to say is, "I'm glad I'm living here ... right now." I'm sure there are still a lot of people out there suffering from war and/or diseases, and it's truly a wonder to find individuals brave enough to stay strong and to not lose their heads and most especially their hearts.
This book took me back on the conditions during the first world war. Apart from the dangers of bombs and guns, people were also vulnerable of the Spanish Influenza. But most importantly, people were clinging on any shreds of hope no matter forlorn. Spiritualism, seances and alike --- these were shreds of hope to them ... to get closer to their loved ones who had fallen victims to war and flu.
Mary Shelly Black, our heroine struggled in every way possible ... physically, mentally and emotionally. But, above all that, she tried her damnedest to help Stephen's soul find peace. If there was one breath left of you, won't you use that to help a loved one?
I really loved the story of Mary and Stephen, albeit, the other is dead and the other one's trying to remain alive. Despite the fact that they are both very young, their love came out really mature. It wasn't about staying together, or having those earth-shattering magnificent kisses (although, they're nice to have too), or petty jealousies, third parties and whatnot's going around the literary romance wagon now a days ... but keeping each other safe and doing what's best for the other.
There were moments in the book, I hoped Stephen wasn't really dead. I was clinging to that hope that he was simply having astral travels and that his body was stored away somewhere badly injured in the war ... but still has the chance of full recovery. =D Hahaha ... how desperate am I for a happy ending! I just really wanted them to be together so badly!
The ending however, is perfect. This book won't leave you hanging and will definitely not leave you heart broken. It leaves you with Hope....more
The first part of the book wasn't as gripping as the middle and the last parts. The story really kicked in once she had found Alex's chronicle.
I mostThe first part of the book wasn't as gripping as the middle and the last parts. The story really kicked in once she had found Alex's chronicle.
I mostly enjoyed the book when she was reading Alex's accounts. Actually, I found Alex's story better than that of Andi's. The last few chapters were really heart breaking. I found myself googling through French revolution.
“Oh, dead man, you’re dead wrong,” I tell him. “The world goes on stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can’t you see? I do not.”...more