Title & Authors: The Reader by Traci Chee
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 13th 2016
Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.
Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.
I had this book on my tbr list until the author came in and signed her books, then i pretty much felt like I had to read it right away. I want to be honest with this review and what I have to say is,wow, this is an amazing start for a new author. I really got a feeling of being in this world and the characters do have a lot of room to grow but overall I enjoyed the pace in which the story was unfolded.
Reasons why I loved The Reader:
The characters in the first book are a diverse bunch ; pirates, assassins, thieves, magicians (Illuminators), with overlapping tales in a world where writing and reading is forbidden plus uncharted territory!
They all come from this harsh and tragic background but through each other and there personal journey’s they find ways to keep moving forward even when its a black moment(everything isn’t going to plan).
The major things I also love is that Traci Chee has created this sorta vortex between each character and there past/futures, by writing there on view points of whats going on and where they are going, its a lot like short stories forming a whole point of view.
Another thing I truly enjoyed was the more we got to know a character-the littler we actually seemed to know about them. It kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next, how will it happen and omigod when will it happen!
“Reading” is the magic, a book on books done very well. The main character has a magical book which reveals the magic of the book and some really bad people want that book. Confused? Don’t be just read and you too will understand the magic of the reader.
This is a good book and a great debut in the fantasy book world. I’m super excited to see what will happen next in the series and how will Traci Chee continue to grow as a writer and continue to unfold this magical world she has created and gotten me partly addicted to, I cant wait for the next book.