Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Summary from Goodreads:

A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe. 
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.

Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.  

After all, she was a normal American herself once.   

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. 

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.  

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. 

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own. 

But Carolyn has accounted for this. 

And Carolyn has a plan. 

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

My Review:

I gave the novel a solid 3 stars because of the quality of the writing but took off two stars because of the formatting and the all over the place plot.

I wanted to love this book but the fact that the reader is thrown into the strange story without explanation hurt my reading experience. The reader does not get explanations until half way, which is way too long to wait.

In my opinion the book got better at the half way part, when I was able to figure stuff out, and up until the ending. The plot was unique and a great undertaking, the library lover inside me loved the talk about the Library vs our library. :)

I had a hard time connecting with the characters because of the violence and touchy subject matter. Steve turned out to be the only one I liked (and maybe Erwin).

Besides the all over the place plot (and things not being explained) the main problem I had with it was the graphic violence and gory images (severed heads, men cut in half), it was completely unneeded and made me cringe.

I recommend checking it out if you enjoy challenging or weird stories. I would not recommend for those who cannot handle violence.

My Rating: 

3 Stars Out of 5

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