I was attracted by the cover of this book. I fell in love with the title of this book. Then I read the description and I was interested to read it. What happened next, well, keep reading to find out.
Title: Blue Window
Author: Adina Rishe Gewirtz
Genre: Fantasy – Science Fiction
Age Classification: Middle Grade
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release: April 3, 2018
Five children – Susan, Max, Nell, Kate, and Jean – fall through a blue window (hence the title) into a strange world. The siblings are just trying to find their way home but instead are hunted down, captured and forced into a battle. They have no one they can really trust in this strange place and they seem to be developing some strange powers.
Each child takes a turn at narrating the story and this was the first thing I did not like about the book. The ages and personalities of the five children are all different, so there was no consistency in storytelling. I also did not like any of these characters. Susan and Max are thirteen but flick between seeming older and acting childish. The younger siblings were the same, with the youngest made out to be a toddler but also seeming older – at least six if not older – with her speech and actions.
The strange world the children fell into seemed like a city with ‘slum’ areas surrounded by farmland. While the appearance of the world is not so strange (at least the way I was picturing it), what was happening in the world seemed crazy. There are soldiers (I think) everywhere ready to take people away and there are different types of people that get different levels of respect (hello inequality).
However, the bulk of my issue with this story is the actual reading experience. I reread chapters and scenes trying to figure out what was going on and why the people there looked funny and even what that funny looked like, but I just could not get an image in my head. Why were these leader people trying to kidnap the children? Why did the children start developing powers? Perhaps these questions may have been answered in the second half of the book, but I was finding it painful to read so I decided to DNF it.
Star Rating: ☆
This is a permanent DNF for me. I did not enjoy the half of the book I forced myself to read and I will not subject myself to the other half. Perhaps I just clashed with this book’s plot, characters and layout, but it is not one I would personally recommend.
Have you read Blue Window and, if so, what did you think?
Have you ever been disappointed by a pretty book?
Let me know in the comment section or on my Goodreads review.
Until next time bibliophiles!
A digital copy of this book was supplied to me by Candlewick Press via NetGalley