December 11, 2017 by Zoë
Miranda has been living on an island with only her father for company for as long as she can remember. All she wants is a friend and the wild boy of the island might just be that friend. In Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey, Miranda and Caliban’s friendship slowly grows as they themselves grow up. But Miranda’s father has his own plans, and they might not be what Miranda and Caliban want for themselves.
This is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a play that I’m not terribly familiar with, which I think added to my enjoyment of the book. I didn’t know how things were going to end, and so I kept reading in order to find out. I was very invested in the story and in Miranda and Caliban.
Carey’s language was quite lovely. While some reviewers found the characters’ speech odd, I nver found it jarring. The narration itself was also often beautiful.
This story sucked me right in and ended up being quite moving and, in many ways, tragic.
It was clear at the end of the book that something needed to be done to tie the events to Shakespeare’s original story. While it worked for the most part, the change could be felt and at times I found myself annoyed with both Miranda and Caliban. Some of the decisions they made once the story made the final turn toward its conclusion just didn’t strike me as completely true to what the characters had done before.
This was a lovely story and a great retelling. It’s quiet and beautiful and I definitely recommend it.
“Will the wild boy feel the same way, I wonder?
I hope not.”
I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for this review.