“It was just a heart, like any lovesick girl might doodle.”
I have been wanting to read this book since I read about it in Time magazine. Then a couple months back I joined the book of the month club and to my surprise this was one of the choices!!!
I loved this book! It reminded me of another favorite book of mine Anthropology of an American Girl. The way Ms. Cline writes is poetic and reminds you of the feelings of being a young girl growing up too quickly. Evie is trying to deal with growing up in the late sixties, her parents divorce, and starting to back away from her childhood friend. This is when she meets Suzanne, a girl who is running with Russel (a Manson-esqe character).
Through out the book you can feel the tides changing with Russel’s group and when you finally get to the pinnacle of the story you are not disappointed. I even found the, very few, chapters that are told from the point of view of older Evie enjoyable. Different, but enjoyable.
This is a quick read and I wish it was longer. I think Ms. Cline could have gone deeper into the the madness unraveling at the ranch, or even the trial. Quick or not this has a place on my favorites shelf now.
None of us escape,
None of us is clean.
It took me a while to get in to this book. There are still a lot of unanswered questions that I hope are answered in the third and final book.
The themes in this book are not for the faint. There is much rape and a lot of spousal abuse. I was happy to get more answers about what the sapphires are and what they do. I was also happy to see Kelsea come in to her own and manage truly rule her kingdom. Though there were things that I didn’t agree with (the flaying of a man with her mind powers for one), I tend to side with Mace on most issues, she’s still a bad ass.
For the longest time I was confused about the Lily Mayhew segments, but I found myself enjoying those the most. With their fast paced dialogue and just the intrigue to what happened with our society to make it go so wrong. She lives in a society where wives are never seen in public without their husbands and everyone is “tagged”. So “Security” can track your every move. I hope she goes a little more in to what happened to make that society so corrupt. But I would be happy with more backstory on how the Tear came to be.
Another bit I enjoyed was the fact that they FINALLY tell you what the hell the Tear is! The thing that really peeved me was that it was staring me right in the face and I didn’t see it!
We have to wait until November for the conclusion of the trilogy, I hope it’s a good one. I just want answers. There’s a lot of lead up for this book and I hope the last book delivers.