Thursday, February 17

Lost Voices: Book Review

by Sarah Porter

Publication Date: July 4th 2011

Why did I pick this book?  The cover is just lovely.

First Chapter: Bit long and alright, the ending is dramatic.
Prediction based on first chapter: (3)

Main Player: Lucette Gray Korchak
Place: Alaska

Early Impressions: Deeply disturbed.
Moment Divine: "His mother struck Luce as coarse and venomous, but then in her opinion most adults were. She couldn't understand why all the kids she knew were in such a hurry to turn into them."

This was a hard book for me to read.  The author was trying to contain all the horrific things in the world within the pages.  She then masked them in a world of make believe.  Perhaps, it was the particular horrific moments she chose to highlight or maybe the message I perceived behind it that really just made this hard to read. 
The character and storyline seemed to be suffering from some instability.  One moment they are all supremely happy and then psycho.  It was hard to follow at moments.  The hardest moment to swallow was the ending which was just abrupt and quiet unfulfilling. I don't understand what the point of the book was. There seemed to be a direction toward something but then it just stopped.
I don't know who I would recommend this book to.  It was real it was fiction and it was plain crazy.  I imagine there is a sequel in the works and it might prove to be a bit more stable.

Spoiler Section:  The message of this book really disturbed me.  It seemed to say that if you have been a victim you are completely freed of any feelings and kindness to others.  They deserve to be treated cruely and you shouldn't feel any pangs of conscience.  Basically, the victim becomes the victimizer and it is completely okay.  Not only that, these girls supposedly are given a second chance at finding a place to be valued and belong.  But really it is a place so false and cruel, what is up with that.  Why even bother going through all that weird stuff?