With a jam-packed Saturday full of plans & obligations, Jenn (Lost in a Great Book), Chandra (@sakuralovestea) and I met up for a quick(ish) breakfast for our monthly readalong book chat. This month’s read was Silence by Michelle Sagara. As per usual, there is a SPOILER WARNING for this post as it involves discussion about the book as part of the readalong wrap-up.
Right off the bat, Jenn tells me that she did enjoy it more than I evidently did. She’s interested to read the next book to really find out more about what was going on. Chandra had had the chance to speak with the author about this book a while back and was told that the book really is more about the people than the story – which we agreed that the characters were very dynamic but there wasn’t really much of a plot. Jenn pointed out the great positive friendships in Silence especially with how everyone interacts with Michael, who has a disability. That he’s not ostracized or made to feel overly different at all and it was sort of paying tribute to Sagara’s own son and the kind friends in his life.
We thought it was weird to have Nathan suddenly introduced so late in the story, all of a sudden. Jenn brought up a good point that it seemed like possibly a bizarre move since Emma spends the entire time trying to get over Nathan’s death, only to have him suddenly show up at the end. Maybe it’s a lead-up into the sequel where they have to deal with the fact that he’s still around, but she’s moved on – and how that will play out. Also, the story of the Necromancers aren’t really explained to who they are, what they are and why these guys have to hunt them. All three of us thought the ending was pretty anti-climactic and that the chaos during the house party was a lot more action-packed, and the lady in the mirror a whole lot creepier.
Perhaps Sagara’s used to writing adult novels and didn’t feel the need to “spoon feed” the YA readers of this book but a bit more explanation and direction might be necessary. On that note, Chandra also questions at what age would this actually resonate with the reader? Would a younger young adult really understand that all-consuming love & lost that Emma was going through? Would an older young adult? Overall, I think the two of them liked it more than I did but we all agreed it’s a bit convoluted. There were aspects of it that we liked, (i.e. the parts where I knew what was going on!) but I found that we often kept mentioning how we didn’t really know what was happening.
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