Saturday, February 28
Book Review: Among Others
Author: Jo Walton
Pages: EBook 224
Summary: Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off...
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book quickly became one of those books that was impossible to put down. With an interesting story and a character who you can't help but fall in love with, this book has become a favourite of mine.
One of my favourite aspects of the book was Mori. She was an incredible character, who I enjoyed reading about. She was well written with excellent character development, I loved her narrative and I found that she was relatable. I think is why I enjoyed the story as much as I did, as I didn't want to let this character go.
I also loved the amount of books mentioned/talked about in this. It has caused my own TBR list to grow immensely, and I think the author did a fantastic job at incorporating the amount of books into the story, without disrupting the story's flow. Over a hundred books were mentioned in this novel, but it flowed into the story naturally, I was impressed that the author managed to do this so well.
The magical realism aspect of the book was interesting and tied into the story as a whole well, but I wish it was explored more. I wanted to know more about the "magical" side of things, especially during the end of the book, how it worked, the history behind it.
As for the ending, I found it to be the weakest part of the book. The ending felt rushed, and abrupt - after such a fantastic read, the ending left me unsatisfied. It was still a great read, one I'd highly recommend, but I want more from the ending.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, this was a gem of a read. Very sweet, and it will make your reading list, a lot bigger with the amount of books mentioned in it.
What to read next: The book has a massive list of books that are mentioned in it, so choose one!
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Authors Challenge, Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge