It will be very difficult to write this review without spoilers. However, I will try my best. I thought The Book of M was a science fiction book, however I would consider it fantasy instead. There is so much unbelievable in the story that I would believe in vampires before I would believe in the plot of The Book is M.
The premis of the novel is that people suddenly started loosing their shadows. Without shadows people could not remember. It turns out that memories are stored in our shadows and not in our brain. Without memories people started to drift away and humanity became its worse version of itself, except for the few who did not. After about a year most people were gone, either dead or shadowless.
The writing was excellent. It was engaging with strong identifiable characters. The plot was well thought out and, for the most part, flowed well. I was hooked from the start of the book. Everything about this book screams masterpiece, except the concept. The idea that memories are connected to shadow, that without shadows people can do magic, and that our shadows is the essence of ourself is hard to swallow. It goes against basic science. A shadow is where an object blocks light. No explanation was ever given for why or even how it started. It did not allow me to suspend my belief of reality.
The novel became more fantastical as the story progressed. I wanted to enjoy it all. The book was perfect on so many levels. It was just too much. The ending was a complex look at human nature. While it was not the mysterious twist that it tried to be, it was very character oriented. I enjoyed seeing how the characters reacted to the various situations. Except the event itself was hard to swallow.
The Book of M is one of those books that is amazing, but not for everyone. I am glad that I read it, but at the same time cannot help rewriting the story in my head so that all belief in science does not have to be suspended.
In order for genre writing to be great it does not have to have all of the qualities which make a book literature rather than a novel. For example, Twilight can still be enjoyed by English majors dispute the fact that it is so poorly written.
For a novel to be both a great piece of literature and genre fiction is rare. According to my Junior High English teacher even Isaac Asimov did not make that jump, although Ray Bradbury did.
My point being, this book is an amazing piece of literature. It has great prose, an engaging storyline, and characters worth reading about. It is also an amazing genre fiction. The plot and world are unlike anything else out on the market. This could easily become one of my top ten favorite novels and should make it to the must-read list of every list made after it's date of release.
I was not sure what to expect with Mirage. I received it in my Owlcrate book box, and knew nothing about it prior. The description led me to think it was a prince and pauper book with a twist. In some ways that is exactly what it is. A girl is kidnapped out of her community to be a body double for a much hatted princess.
The story was enjoyable, and I could see myself reading the next in the series. Although, like many YA books, it lacks the real depth that could have been achieved. The girls go from enemies to sisters too fast. It was not believable to me. I do not even want to get started on the romance.
The world building was interesting. Although I wish that system was described a bit more in depth, I did get sucked into the different struggles of each of the moons. I really enjoyed the rich culture that was built into the story. It was the book's strength.
While I wish there was more depth and flushed out characters, Mirage was an enjoyable YA read.
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