I am still not sure how I feel about this book. If I wasn’t reading this for a training I have to give at the end of summer I think I would have put it down. That being said it did keep me up until 2 in the morning because I had to finish it! I can see why it made the Teens top 10 in 2014.
As other reviewers have stated it’s riveting. You start off thrown into an action sequence that feels like it should be at the end of a book and not at the beginning. As more truth is revealed it’s hard to put it down without answering all the “whys.” This book requires careful attention because the truth is revealed slowly and in small snippets that you might miss. It’s a unique writing style and that is what kept me reading the book.
The biggest issue I had with the story is the setting. Is it historical? Maybe.. Is it set during pilgrim/puritan times? Sorta-ish.. You never really know much about where this story takes place. That drove me crazy! There is also a big plot hole at the beginning when the village is attacked by Homesteaders on three big ships. Why are they attacking? Who are they? None of these questions are answered. I guess it is not central to the main story-line but it still bothered me and it made it hard to totally connect to the characters.
This book has elements of “The Scarlet Letter”, “Witch of Blackbird pond”, and the movie “The Village.” If you have readers that like a historical mystery set in that time period they might like this book.
**Notes for training**
Themes- Historical setting? Mutism, War, mystery
Read-a-likes- Scarlet letter, Witch of blackbird pond, Winterkill