I was definitely not prepared for this to be as gruesomely violent and dark as it was. I've been anticipating it for ages, but had avoided sGorgeous.
I was definitely not prepared for this to be as gruesomely violent and dark as it was. I've been anticipating it for ages, but had avoided summaries/spoilers, so was taken by surprise that it was horror. So... probably I won't continue. BUT! If you're a fan of horror, have a tolerance for violence, and are looking for a seriously stunning comic with complex world-building, this may be for you. ...more
I am not the reader for this book. If you love Andrew Smith, esp Grasshopper Jungle, or farther back, King Dork, or Going Bovine by Libba Bray, howeveI am not the reader for this book. If you love Andrew Smith, esp Grasshopper Jungle, or farther back, King Dork, or Going Bovine by Libba Bray, however, YOU may be the reader for this book. ...more
The good: it was certainly readable, though slick. Kept my attention and kept me reading enough that IHm. I imagine this is a fairly polarizing read.
The good: it was certainly readable, though slick. Kept my attention and kept me reading enough that I finished it in just a few days.
Everybody's journey, and everybody's pain, is different, and big to them. I think it's completely legitimate that this family struggled with their son's autism, and that it was genuinely challenging and painful. That said, it is really, really hard to feel deep empathy for parents who are so very privileged and well-resourced. So many folks I know with cognitive/developmental disabilities or ASD, from my time in community-based disability advocacy to working in customer service in the public library to friends' siblings, are dealing with all of this minus the tens of thousands of dollars for specialized interventions and care teams, or trying to deal with it on top of family and neighborhood trauma. The number of kids with autism in Somali families in Seattle is apparently significantly higher than the general population, for example, and those families are often also dealing with a whole host of other challenges, including unstable housing, language and cultural barriers, lack of high-paying jobs with good insurance, and deeply rooted systemic racism. Hard to hold that up against "no famous person wants to come talk for half an hour to the wealthy donors and parents at this special school." I don't think he's flippant or not cognizant of their relative wealth and the massive amount of cultural/class capital the family brings to the endeavor... but it really does create a gulf for me as a reader.
I don't mean to lack compassion or scoff at the challenges they faced. But. I would have liked a little more of Owen's voice and a little less east coast insider culture. ...more
Awwwww!! this was quite a lot of what Ascension wanted to be, I think... but minus the clunky didacticism. adorbs, a cracking good space romp, with enAwwwww!! this was quite a lot of what Ascension wanted to be, I think... but minus the clunky didacticism. adorbs, a cracking good space romp, with enough feels to balance the lightheartedness. rec'd esp for readers who appreciate likeable characters. most notable for its world building, I think, especially the counter narrative of humans in space being a pacifist minor species. interestingly done despite feeling a little too motley Firefly crew at moments. totally worth it....more
tl;dr : I loved the quest/journey, the character development, the details, and the feelings. There are some logistical worldbuilding holes, though, thtl;dr : I loved the quest/journey, the character development, the details, and the feelings. There are some logistical worldbuilding holes, though, that have been nagging me ever since I finished it a few days ago. (Caution: spoilers ahead.)
HERE THAR BE QUESTIONS:
So... 400 years ago, an unscrupulous power-hungry father created this system that gradually evolved into generations of power-hungry male priests systematically killing girls in a public spectacle and nobody noticed? Or objected? There were no strong ladies prior to this to blow holes in the charade? Where did the priests come from? None of them bucked the system either? What's the incentive for the townsfolk to believe this and participate in this system? I can believe in a single fable-like character's flat villainy, but it's impossible to believe that dozens of Catchkeep priests would be equally unnuancedly villainous.
The ghost had been approaching generations of Archivists asking for help with this problem and they not only didn't help but said in the field notes that talking to ghosts was so rare and unlikely as to be a dream of a possibility?
There were no Archivists prior to Wasp that were unwilling to participate? I think I like Wasp even better if she's *not* a special snowflake.
I think it's sort of fascinating that Wasp's focus shifts so easily from "finding out about the olden days" to "find Kit Foster, grow as a person, and forget about the causes of the apocalypse." I'm not unhappy about it, but it does poke at my attention a little.
Finally, as a person who loves happy endings, I was happy that the upstarts get to change the world and live happily ever after in their own now-functional society! But. After FOUR HUNDRED YEARS of this -- the time between Johannes Kepler and me -- they are able to turn it all on its head within a decade or two? That means the people in the system are not super invested in the status quo of oppression. Which, then, why didn't they rise up before what with the whole killing of girls under clearly sketchy circumstances thing?