Doerr captures the sights and sounds of wartime and focuses, refreshingly, on the innate goodness of his major characters.
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
The twists will lead readers to finish the last page and turn back to the beginning to see how the pieces slot perfectly, unexpectedly into place. A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching.
...Coates's compelling, indeed stunning, work is rare in its power to make you want to slow down and read every word. This is a book that will be hailed as a classic of our time.
The strength of The Book Thief is its wit and understated horror...It is an impressive book and I appreciate Mr. Zusak’s ability, but a few lesser moments of the author trying to get the audience to tear up would have worked in its favor.
While Dead Wake doesn’t quite recapture the magic of The Devil In The White City, it’s Larson’s strongest work since then. By piecing together how politics, economics, technology, and even the weather combined to produce an event that seemed both unlikely and inevitable, he offers a fresh look at a world-shaking disaster.
The book works as a superficial read, and as something more ponderous.
There is a lot of terrific writing in "City on Fire," a lot of vivid action, of ideas. But in the end, it doesn't, can't, quite support our faith or its author's intention, can't quite carry the weight of all its words.
Brown lays on the aura of embattled national aspiration good and thick, but he makes his heroes’ struggle as fascinating as the best Olympic sagas.
Apart from a few overly dramatic metaphors, Lina recounts her story with a straightforward clarity that trusts readers to summon images of starvation, disease and death, and grounds them in a reality young adults can understand.
It is rare that a book is at once so timely and of such high literary quality.
In the end, what makes “Armada” most compelling isn’t its twistier-than-expected plot; instead, it’s the balance between concept and consequence.
The author ably depicts war’s horrors through the eyes of these two women, whose strength of character shines through no matter their differences.
Another artistic triumph, and surefire bestseller, for this fearless writer.
As fluid in time as it is in perspective, the story weaves back and forth between Teddy’s childhood and old age, his grandchildren’s lives...and the painfully hilarious reflections of the charmless Viola.
The idea of Toni Morrison will survive Morrison herself. And with both gratitude and a bit of dread, God Help The Child reads like Morrison is weaning us.
Reiss has written a swashbuckling tale of his own.
At times the book can be difficult to read in its grisliness, but Beah's matter-of-fact tone and simple honesty show the reader the reality of what he went through.
Since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, Toni Morrison’s novels have gotten slimmer and slimmer...Home, is her shortest yet, not even cracking 150 pages, but it’s one of her best.
Fountain's strength as a writer is that he not only can conjure up this all-too-realistic-sounding mob, but also the young believably innocent soul for our times, Specialist Billy Lynn.