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Lyla, Glossopdale School

Saint Death

It's a slow moving book with a good but predictable ending!

Marcus Sedwick's book, Saint Death, is about a young man named Arturo Silva who lives in Anapra, Mexico. The whole book is about him trying to save his best friend Faustino's life so that Faustino doesn't die. Arturo tries to get money by playing 'calavera' - a game in which you use a pack of cards to gain or lose money. Unfortunately, Faustino needs one-thousand US dollars and Arturo has only ever played for a few pesos. No one knows whats going to happen until it's happening.

Throughout the novel, there are extra pieces of text in between most of the chapters which kind of make sense but I'm not quite sure why they're there. In addition to this, because the language spoken in Mexico is Spanish, the way the speech is done is the way you would write it in the Spanish language and I found this confusing. Also, I don't speak Spanish and there are a few Spanish words in the story which I had to look up.

Personally, I don't have a favourite character because I didn't really enjoy the book but if I had to choose one it would be Santa Muerte (Saint Death) because she seems to be everywhere and I don't think that she has a real opinion for most of what is happening. To add to this, without her the book would be more boring and would not make sense as it wouldn't have a title either as the whole book is kind of based around her.

In contrast, my least favourite character is Roberto Silva because of the way he treats his son Arturo. Even though this character is only in the end of the novel what you find out about what he did when Arturo was little and what he is doing now is terrible. I personally, think that you would be crazy to not hate this character.

Despite all of this, every single character has a personal flaw in their personalities that all add to the book's features.

Overall, I would give this book...
three out of five stars
...because I didn't feel able to connect with any of the characters or the situation that they were in but I like the idea of the story and think that it's very relevant to what is happening now in real life. I would say that this book is suitable for ages ten to thirty and I would recommend this book to people who are bored and want a quick read as it's only 260 pages long and it's quite easy to understand when you know what the Spanish words mean!

Posted on: 8th April 2018 at 08:20 pm

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