|Release Date: September 13, 2016|
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"Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.
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 learnes, 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."
The Reader is so different from any book I’ve ever read. This is a book with layers and a ton of moving pieces. You have to really pay attention to every detail, but this book is well worth your undivided attention. I was so engrossed in the story and the characters. I read and re-read and made sure I absorbed every single detail.
Our main heroine Sefia is one that is easy to root for. She is a great character with layers and flaws and I adored her. She is strong and determined and so smart. She fights for what she wants and doesn’t give up despite seemingly insurmountable odds. And Archer. Oh how I loved Archer. He is such a fantastic character. I loved the relationship between Archer and Sefia and that they tackled everything together. I loved how with everything they did it together and that they always had one another. First and foremost it’s a beautiful friendship. Then we have who is probably my favorite character, Captain Reed. Yepp we get pirates too! I love me some pirates. I needed more Captain Reed and should we get a sequel I will beg and pray and crawl over hot coals for more Reed.
I also loved how much this book focused on stories and what you leave behind. Me and my Hamilton crazed brain kept singing “who lives, who dies, who tells your story”. In many ways it's accurate to the book. In a world with no books or writing, the only way to leave behind something is to leave a story worth telling and the characters are very conscious of that and it drives their actions. I just love how taking away one seemingly small object changes a world in such drastic ways.
As I mentioned before, The Reader demands your undivided attention. If you are a reader willing to get lost in a book and look for clues and read between the lines then you will love this story. I adored picking it apart and finding the clues. And when I was right in my guessing I felt so rewarded.
All in all, The Reader is a unique read that any book lover can appreciate. The world building is fantastic and the characters are wonderful. The Reader is a debut that stands out.