I had no idea what this book was about before I started reading it. All I knew is that it has been much liked around the book community and that it fit perfectly into a category for a reading challenge.
The book is about two communities that are pretty Viking like in nature. The start of the book talks a lot about war and fighting. At first I thought that their enemy was supernatural and they were fighting for their lives. Except they are not, they are fighting because that is what they have always done.
I enjoyed the part of the story in-between fighting. Although, it is such a small part of the book.
This is one of those books where you could completely understand why someone else could fall in love with it. I could even understand it being someone else's favorite book. It just wasn't for me.
I almost did not pick up this book. The first book was ok, but not really my thing. I almost wish that I had not picked up this book.
Pierce Brown is a talented writer who knows how to create plot and characters. I just do not like the ones he creates all that much. The books are bloody, violent, and full of complected war logistics that do not seem all that logical to me.
I am uncertain if I will continue on with the series. On one hand these are extremely popular books and they are finishable. On the other hand reading this series is more like an obligation than an enjoyment.
The Trick is set in two separate times. The first setting is in World War 2 Germany where a Jewish boy is taken with the stage and becomes an illusionist. The second is in present-day America where a young boy, Max, desperately wants to keep his parents together. Max is taken with the hope of finding the Great Zabbatini who recorded a spell of true love on a new scratched and worthless record.
The book is wonderfully written. The characters are very realistic and easy to keep clear. I had a vivid picture of everyone in the novel. The novel starts off a bit slow. The two storylines are not connected and are vastly different at first. It was jolting to go back and forth between the two. However, less than halfway through the novel it is very apparent how they are connected, at least partially. The story has a lot of different connections throughout, including one at the ending that I really did not see coming. Looking back there was build up for it, but it could have been better without giving it away.
By the end of the book, I was completely invested in both the characters and the book. I did not want it to end and was moved when it did. I was left feeling a little jilted. It just seems like something was missing, I wouldn’t want to speculate since that would give away too much of the book. Overall, a great read. It is an interesting perspective on World War 2, however, it is more a novel about people and how people and their interactions with each other.
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