This was a different read for me as my go to are mystery/thrillers where the answer is finally revealed, however this one required both imagination and interpretation, I really enjoyed it!
What I loved:
- The epilogue. I was originally leaning towards a 3/5 however, after the epilogue I realised the beauty of this story and I had to bump it up to a 4/5 as it had made me ponder long after I finished it.
- The characters. I felt a lot of empathy for the protagonist who had a very lonely and tough childhood. The majority of the book was in his perspective which was fun and frustrating at the same time. Naturally as a child, he would more readily accept all the fantasy and magic. I wanted to know more but I realised at the end that simply revealing the answers would lose its mysterious elements and double meaning.
- Techniques. How the author makes the reader connect with the protagonist as a little boy and as an adult. The way it reminds us of our own childhood where we would get lost in our imagination and not question whether it was real or not.
What I wasn’t a fan of:
- There were a lot of random fantasy and magical elements mashed up together. Although I was intrigued, I did have a lot of “what the” moments. But again, I acknowledge that it’s also the point of the book as this is from the perspective of a little boy.