I did finish All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, this week. The writing was luminous and beautiful, and that the disparate story lines were wove together in an interesting manner. I am not giving a great deal of background on this one, because the characters are defined by WWII, but also really transcend the time as well. This is a highly rewarding novel, and fans of WWII novels should enjoy it, but the audience is much wider than that. Also, anyone that enjoys novels with complex characters will greatly enjoy this. I would not buy it for any library that caters to readers younger than high school, as there are some very difficult passages throughout, although the book does not dwell on those horrific experiences as much as the will to survive. My only real complaint about the writing was that it felt like it ended several times.
Rachet, by Nancy Cavanaugh, is about an 11 – year – old girl, whose real name is Rachel, but everyone calls her Rachet. She has always been homeschooled by her father, and she wishes for so many things to change in her life. She wants to fit in, she wants her environmentalist mechanic dad to be more “normal”, and more than anything, she wants to make a friend. This is a coming – of – age story that is more about acceptance as a form of change, than an extreme makeover type of change. It was a refreshing story that allowed Rachel to come into her own.
The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, is a fantasy novel set in an alternative reality. In that version of the world, there are several significant differences, with the most significant being that there are wild creatures, made of chalk, that are trying to come into the American Isles – they are centered in the Nebraska Territory, and only Rithmatists can repel them, using their chalk drawings. This was an interesting, action packed story, with a mystery to root the first in this clear series. It is an interesting premise, with enough that is different from other stories to be engaging, but enough that is similar for students to grab onto. Students that enjoy video games, or games or strategy should also enjoy this, as chapters begin with defensive chalk drawings.
This was purely reading for myself. I have enjoyed the whole series, and thought that Deborah Harkness tied it up well. If you like Fantasy, especially dealing with witches, vampires, and daemons, with a great basis in history, you will enjoy this grown – up series.