I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (Custom House) for promotional purposes.
I know not a lot of people liked this book, but I oddly liked it. It’s not going to be an all time favorite of mine, but I was satisfied with it.
A lot of people say that nothing happens in the book and there is some merit to that. There are a lot of scenes that aren’t that important to the book because they are kind of mundane. To me, I liked those parts because it helped highlight what life was like at the school. The school is the core of the book, so those parts were necessary.
Speaking of the school, the author did a tremendous job giving Catherine House a voice and personality. Catherine House was a character itself.
As for the ending, I liked it. It was a little ambiguous which I typically don’t like, but for this book it worked. The book is mysterious and I liked that it kept that element through the end.
I really liked the writing style. There was something about it that pulled me deeper and deeper into the story. It was haunting and mesmerizing.
One critique I have is that the book didn’t do a good job explaining plasm. I still don’t fully understand that part. I understand what it is generally, but don’t grasp how it works.
Overall, this book will not be for everyone, so I recommend you read it for yourself and see what you think!
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