This book was sort of murky and clunky at the beginning. I kept feeling like I was either not getting the whole story or there was something weirdThis book was sort of murky and clunky at the beginning. I kept feeling like I was either not getting the whole story or there was something weird going on. I wondered if the narrator was unreliable, because the reader is clearly supposed to like the main character.
Then I skimmed ahead when I was about halfway through, and, thought, "Oh! That's what's happening! Okay. I got it." And I finished the book.
It kind of has some northern-cold-salty-small-island magic realism. Like maybe Nova Scotia but more cold and magical. I can imagine Nova Scotia being more magical, but more cold? There's a stretch!
All in all, enjoyable, with a great title and a happy ending. I would recommend this book for teens and older because there is quite a bit of malice, mayhem, and death. I liked that the gods and goddesses were real, and there was very rich worldbuilding, which is always a treat. ...more
Yale: secret societies, magic, murder, mayhem, overprivileged undergrads running amok.... stop me if you've heard this one.
I *so loved* Six of CrowsYale: secret societies, magic, murder, mayhem, overprivileged undergrads running amok.... stop me if you've heard this one.
I *so loved* Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Kaz Brekker is a total favorite character. So good. The Shadow and Bone trilogy, still very good.
The Language of Thorns, too, was so surprising, so genre bending and just damn good that I decided to read whatever Leigh Bardugo wrote.
But Yale. Blech. This sometimes reads like a clumsy Dan Brown novel. The plot starts running slowly, geared down, like a huge truck going uphill.
The beginning chapters are muddled, and the timeline is intentionally confounding, the reader is left to wonder who is dead and who is alive, and what is this story actually about, really???
Stay with it, though, intrepid readers. A strong middle and a great ending make it worth your while. I quite like the main characters, especially Galaxy Stern, who goes by Alex. She is bright, tenacious, keen, and utterly out of her element - until she's not. She figures it out in the end. She is the kind of character who you root for....more
This is an interesting premise in an interesting world. Each section of the book is narrated by a different child - Finn, 2nd grade; Emma, 4th grade;This is an interesting premise in an interesting world. Each section of the book is narrated by a different child - Finn, 2nd grade; Emma, 4th grade; Chess, 6th grade. Each character has a unique voice, and most of their contributions are age-appropriate. The characters' ways of understanding and narrating the world were very well done by the author. Their dad had died several years before the book begins, and shortly after the book begins, mom leaves them in the care of a parent-friend "for a couple of days." The children quickly learn that mom has no intention of returning.
I do sort of tire of books whose main premise is that "mom and dad are missing and us kids have to solve all the adult problems." I wonder how many of these books have I read, starting from Harry Potter? But there's quite a bit of that in Ender's Game, and To Kill a Mockingbird as well.
Although I will say that Greta Thunberg is a real-life example of this plot-trope in action, so perhaps I should not dismiss it so readily.
I would recommend this book for young teens to grownups who love sci-fi, good plot development, and interesting worlds. ...more