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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
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Mar 05, 12

bookshelves: fiction, series
Read from February 16 to 24, 2012

What I usually love about this genre is the feeling of being swept up in something epic, and propelled toward a breathless finale. I didn't get that here. The author didn't give me much reason to be interested in any of the main characters. She paints them with a very broad brush; all the bad guys are rapists and the good guys are fierce. Really. "Fierce" is to this book as "sandwich" is to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Once you start to notice, you can't stop.

That said, I'll likely pick up the sequel, Froi of the Exiles. The chapters written from Froi's perspective were a nice change of pace, and sweetly insightful.
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Reading Progress

02/16/2012 "My pick for the holiday weekend..."
02/17/2012 page 60
14.0% "Genocide, diaspora, refugee camps, human trafficking -- not your typical YA fantasy novel. The only thing that makes this recognizably genre fiction is the fact that the characters carry swords and walk down cobblestone streets dressed in jerkins and tunics."

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