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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
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Apr 10, 12

Read in April, 2012

This was a very engaging book, that made me want to keep turning the pages and stay up late to finish it. The characters were well drawn. I liked that, with the possible exception of Mott, you could understand why each character was making his choices. You might not agree with those choices, but they made sense for that particular person in that context. The plotting was tight, although I saw the major plot twist coming a mile away - as in, I read the book jacket copy and had already predicted how it would end. That's okay, I enjoyed looking at all of the foreshadowing for further evidence that I was going to be right. I think if I'd read this as a child (and particularly if I'd read it before falling in love with Eugenides from The Thief) I wouldn't have been so quick to spot the twist, and I also would have been more impressed by the way the author chooses to reveal or hide certain information

While I admired the plotting in general, I thought that the reasons behind why Sage was in that particular orphanage were highly farfetched. I simply can't imagine a father and brother, no matter how important they thought it was, abandoning a ten year old like that. I understood the reasoning (mostly...), but I find it very hard to believe that total abandonment was the only possible choice. I can think of several other options right off the top of my head, and I'm not invested in actually saving a child.
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