supercheesegirl: (books - petals)
I'd heard great things about this book and it's been on my To Read list for a while, which is why I persevered even though there's a mother grieving over the body of her dead child on the first page. Shortly after becoming a parent, I realized that my emotional reactions to certain stimuli had changed forever, and also that I just did not have time to waste on stuff that upsets me; I'd rather spend my limited reading and TV-watching time on things I enjoy. Thus, ordinarily, page one of this book would have been the only page I read, but I kept going. I'm glad I did, even though there was a lot that was difficult for me to read (spoiler: the kid on page one isn't the only dead or abused child in the book). Jemisin paints a world that is brutal and harsh, a people doing everything they can to cling to the essence of civilization; the first few pages make clear that we're on the edge of apocalypse, and things weren't too great before the catastrophic events began, either. But it's a fascinating world nonetheless, and not like anything I've read before. I'll definitely read the next book, but I might not get to it quickly.

Finished October 8, 2016

Date: 2016-10-17 02:10 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mzrowan.livejournal.com

If it helps any, I just finished the next book, and it's much less brutal to the characters. It's mostly about dealing with the aftermath of everything in the first book. Although you do get some flashbacks to the opening event of book one, from the perspective of the father and other child.

Date: 2016-10-17 05:42 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] supercheesegirl.livejournal.com
Thank you, that does help.

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