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 cannot remember why I added this book to my long to be read pile, all I know is that I am so glad that I did. This book is powerful in a way that so few books are able to achieve. It is a fictional account of two sisters who found their voice to fight against slavery. In the process they found they also had to fight for the right to fight and unintentionally helped found the feminist movement.
This book is historical in nature. Yet, the themes that it represents are still needed in our current day. Slavery may be outlawed, but African Americans have the police called on them just for being black. Women are 'equal,' except we still receive lower pay, less opportunity, and still must fight for a voice.
The Invention of Wings is also about the personal struggle to find one's place in the world. It is about the struggle with God. It is about what it means to be human. It is about accepting others, despite their difference from yourself.
The writing is beautiful. The characters are brilliant. I am left wondering how I have not read Sue Monk Kidd before now, yet grateful that I have started.
Acceptance is the third, and final, novel in the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. It continues on with VanderMeer’s excellent writing. This is my favorite series by far in the series. I cannot wait to reread it all again.
The conclusion to this series answers all the questions and absolutely none of them. It is not going to tie everything up in a neat little bow. Yet, this book is an amazing addition and conclusion to the series. It will make you think well after the ending.
It is ironic that while I am disappointed I was also captivated. It was perfect, even if I wanted something else. If you have already read the first books in the series then continuing on is a must. However, even if you have not I highly recommend that you read this trilogy. It is amazing and captivating. It will make you want to go and post quotes on Twitter, write in your book, and read the book out loud.
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