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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
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From the opening this story grabs and hauls you off into the wonders of a darkly wooded world. There’s no learning curve, as it starts small and simple. You are then introduced to a pleasant and likable young woman, whose life is drastically altered in an unexpectedly nice way. Such things don’t usually happen in fantasy stories. Nice characters, nice places, pleasant events—almost sounds boring, only it isn’t.

Uprooted is a modern day fairy-tale, and not the toothless Disney sort but the kind woven to keep kids out of the forest. And while the story can get dark at times, this is a far cry from the more popular mainstream literary message that the world is awful, and it is best to screw your friend before your friend screws you. Instead Novik's tale depicts good people struggling to win against evil. Where it differs from traditional fantasy is in its honest depiction of the slippery nature of both good and evil, and how they aren’t always so easy to recognize, until it’s too late.

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Reading Progress

June 11, 2018 – Started Reading
June 11, 2018 – Shelved
July 27, 2018 – Finished Reading

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