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The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
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May 03, 2008

bookshelves: fiction, 2008-read, fiction-poc, science-fiction, specfic-poc, young-adult, fantasy
Read in April, 2008

Was sucked into the setting of futuristic Zimbabwe, and wouldn't have minded a closer look at the world building. The plot was repetitive, consisting of the kids getting captured by an eccentric adult figure, doing some labor, and then escaping; while the detectives were one step behind the kids. The detectives' dynamic and powers were unique and fun.

I liked that the eccentric adult figures that captured the children weren't wholely demonized, and were even sympathetic in some lights. Something I noticed was that of the kids, Tendai got the most character development; while of the detectives, Arm got the most character development. Maybe it's that those two were the viewpoint characters.

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