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Kirsty, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

I'm not really sure what to think of this book. The first thing I noticed, and the thing that bugged me throughout the book, was the lack of capital letters in Alice's part of the story. It may have been supposed to add character to the story or something, but I didn't see it that way. It just annoyed me.

The second thing about this book that I disliked was just how vague everything was. At the beginning of the book, Alice is talking about being sewn back up, and all sorts of confusing things about how she changed from before what I believe was an incident when she was attacked. This led me to believe that she was some kind of part-human, part-robot cyborg person, but I never actually really know. Also, the accident that caused it - the descriptions of that were vague too. There is a mention of someone trying to steal something, I think, and that she was hurt during that - but nothing that is really a satisfactory explanation for the whole ordeal.

Though less of the story is told from his point of view, Manny's side of things made more sense. The idea that Alice had to relearn how to function and so on is all very well, but it does mean that her side of things often make much less sense, and it is hard to tell whether she is reflecting on the past or talking about what is currently going on in the book on occasion.

I think this book could be good, and perhaps there's just something I'm missing here, but I probably would've put this book down long before I reached the end if it hadn't been a Carnegie-nominated book. Compared to the books from last year, this one is rather unimpressive, and I expected more from it.

Posted on: 28th April 2017 at 02:23 pm

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