My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fantastic book. This book is RICH with themes and insights that are crucially tied to the human experience. It speaks profoundly to those wantings within each of us that wish life didn’t deal such painful experiences. Lowry does a masterful job not downplaying the pain that we feel, on the contrary she shows with sheer brilliance that pain is integral to an overall life that is both meaningful and beautiful. The book is compelling in its content and vastly enjoyable as you turn each page. I’m glad that I didn’t skip over this book because it is commonly considered a young readers’ book, because there is so much that she has to offer with each chapter that speak profoundly to both young and old. I read this book quite fast and I would consider at an easy read, not because it doesn’t offer much food for thought, but rather because the presentation is simple and the content, as I said, is truly compelling.
Lowry does a good job of developing her characters, especially the main role of Jonas. The plot builds slowly, yet intricately, and really takes off late in the book. There’s a part of me that wishes it resolved more in the end and we’d be able to know what happened with the community and with Jonas and Gabriel. However, I do appreciate Lowry’s withholding of resolution as it allows the reader to finish the story themselves. However you think that Jonas and Gabriel would be received and more importantly what would happen with the community would be truly telling of your worldview.
This book deserves the honors that it has received, if you haven’t read it, read it.