June 1, 2016 by Zoë
Beckan is living in a city ravaged by war. The fairies have fled, leaving only four (Beckan among them) behind. Now it’s only the gnomes and the tightropers left in the city, tearing it to pieces while the four fairies try to survive. Then peace comes, supposedly, but how do you pick up after a war?
This book is about so much more than war, though. It’s a jumble of love and loss and race relations and peacemaking and trauma and all sorts of things. It’s also, after glancing through the reviews on Goodreads, a book that causes strong reactions. This is not the sort of book that you should read if you’re looking for amazing world building and a plot that’s spelled out for you. This is, however, the sort of book you should read if you’re looking for novel prose and novel narration.
To me, this book read like an MFA project. Not in a bad way, but in an experimental way. This book plays with narration, testing what sort of limits you have in fiction (spoiler: there actually aren’t limits, if you do it right) and testing how unreliable a narrator can be while still being likable and credible.
Some readers are going to hate this. (Some already do.) I, however, really liked it. I enjoy reading experimental fiction and encountering truly novel ideas.
As for the characters and the plot, I felt little connection to either. Strangely, however, this did not lessen my enjoyment of the book because I quickly realized I wasn’t reading it for characters or plot. If you, however, are worried about such things, I still suggest giving this book a try. For one thing, many other reviewers really, really liked the characters. For another, this book is just so novel and interesting. Example: the fairies are covered in glitter and they feel each little piece as it falls off and blows about in the wind.
I really enjoyed this. It was experimental and unique and covered all sorts of ground in a really ethereal way. Polarizing, perhaps, but I say give it a read.
“A long time ago, maybe fairies did have wings.”