Monday, June 20, 2016

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell the Wind and Fire
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2016

I really, truly, love Sarah Rees Brennan. I’ve met her twice in person and both times she came off as just the most amazing human being. Her writing oozes humor, wit, and quality. But, to put it bluntly. This book sucked. It had none of the usual Sarah Rees Brennan witty dialogue. It felt like the characters and dialogue were phoned in. It really surprised and disappointed me.

Have you read the synopsis for this book? Really read it? It makes no sense. The synopsis should really say FUCK PLOTS, we don’t need plots! This novel jumped around, and truly didn’t make any sense. It didn’t help either that the world building felt sloppy. I never understood the dark and light cities, why they were fighting, or what could bring them together. This book was, I think, supposed to be about characters, but I never cared about any of them.

Lucie came off as a Mary Sue. I didn’t feel like she had a personality. Sarah Rees Brennan usually breathes such life in to her characters but Lucie was a shell. She was an idea of a character rather than a real person.

Ethan was the worst. He wasn’t even a character, he was just a boyfriend archetype. The reader never really got to see who he was or why he made certain choices. The only thing I can remember about him is that he was rich and liked Lucie. His entire identity was that. Oh, and the fact that he has an illegal cloned twin.

The cloned twin, Carwyn, was the most interesting character in the entire novel. I had this misconception that he was an evil twin but Carwyn was something more. It was apparent that actual time was devoted to his character and his character arc. He was the only good thing about this book.

Overall, I finished this book asking myself what the hell I just read. The plot was sloppy, the characters were forgettable, and I missed Sarah Rees Brennan’s witty writing. I’ll still be reading whatever she writes next. I’m just going to tell myself that Tell the Wind and Fire wasn’t for me and hope that whatever comes next will be.

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